Veteran reunited with puppy he befriended in Iraq

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ByLisa Amin Gulezian KGO logo
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Local veteran reunited with puppy he befriended in Iraq
A local veteran who volunteered to fight in Iraq has been reunited with a dog he befriended there.

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- A veteran from California who volunteered to fight in Iraq asked for one thing upon his return home -- to bring the dog he befriended back with him. And now, they are reunited.

It wasn't long before the puppy remembered Ken Wyrsch. The last time they saw each other was in Iraq.

Within minutes after the reunion, it was just like old times. "He's a friend and we don't leave friends behind," Wyrsch said.

Wyrsch and Oliver met at a military base near Kirkuk.

They were inseparable. Before Wyrsch left, he contacted SPCA International for help. "If Ken left and Oliver was left behind he would have had a terrible life," SPCA International employee Stephanie Scott said.

The non-profit flew Oliver from Iraq to SFO and to his new life with Wyrsch. "He's going to be with me for the rest of my life," he said.