MATTAWAN, Mich. (WOOD) — A military dog that disappeared from his partner’s front yard in Van Buren County on Sunday has been found.
Pongo was discovered near an auto parts store not far from his from his home in Mattawan. According to the wife of his owner, a woman and her family found Pongo right after he ran away Sunday afternoon, took him home, gave him a bath and fed him. She said they took great care of Pongo and the woman’s daughters were sad to see him go.
According to Mission K9 Rescue, Pongo lives in Mattawan with his handler, U.S. Army Specialist Caleb French. The two went through explosives training between October 2013 and January 2014, The rigorous training and time together sealed their close bond, according to Mission K9 rescue. As Pongo and French awaited deployment, the Army ended its Tactical Explosive Detection Dog program.
After spending a year apart, Pongo and French were reunited in 2015.
Specialist French is currently at the Michigan National Guard camp in Grayling for training.
Online:Mission K9 Rescue