Mid-state soldier reunited with dog he met in Syria

Posted at 9:04 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 00:05:30-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Fort Campbell soldier was reunited with a dog he befriended while serving in Syria.

Master Sergeant Justin Searor was deployed to Syria for six months in 2018. While serving, he met a Anatolian Shepard puppy.

"He found him and sent me a picture of him with this dog and I couldn't say no because it was the cutest picture I had ever seen," Searor's wife, Stephanie, said.

So the two reached out to the International SPCA, are started the process of bringing the dog they named 'Meatloaf' to the Untied States.

"About 3 months ago we started the process of bringing him home from Syria," Stephanie Searor said.

That process involved getting Meatloaf from Syria to Iraq, where the International SPCA has a headquarters.

"He was in Iraq for about a month, just making sure he was healthy and growing well," Stephanie Searor said. "He actually got sick so he was there a little longer than we thought."

But that wait ended on Thursday, when Meatloaf got off a plane at Nashville International Airport and was united with his new family.

"We’re just really grateful we were able to bring him home and we hope others can do that do because its just really special," Stephanie Searor said. She added that one of the first things they planned to do with Meatloaf is give the puppy a nice, long bath.