Logan Black is a veteran soldier who is doing everything in his power to finally become the proud pet owner of a dog named Diego, whom he met while on his tour of duty in Iraq back in 2006 & 2007.
The lovable yellow lab worked in Iraq as a bomb sniffing dog, and developed a very close bond with Black while they were looking for weapons and bombs together. They were absolutely inseparable -- to the point that they even shared the same bed on some nights. Diego wound up remaining in Iraq with another handler after Black returned home, and he's missed his little friend ever since.
They definitely served as a source of comfort to each other, and now he is hoping they can be reunited, so that Black can officially adopt Diego as his own pet.
Finding his beloved pup was the first major obstacle Logan had to overcome, and through the power of social media, he managed to locate Diego at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Diego is stationed there as an aide who teaches other soldiers to be handlers in combat. And considering how much these two went through together, you'd think that Diego would've been handed over to Black so that they could enjoy a happy life together.
But as it turns out, Black may not be able to adopt Diego until he officially "retires." (Doesn't that just break your heart?)
And what makes things even worse is the fact that both Logan Black and the dog suffer from PTSD after the horrific things they witnessed over in Iraq. Black hopes that by adopting Diego, they can comfort each other once again and help ease the after effects of living in a war zone.
I know there are rules about when and by whom Diego can be adopted, but considering how much they've been through and how long they've been apart, don't you think an exception could be made so they can enjoy a happy life together? Diego may have an important "job," but he also deserves a loving home with a person he shares such a special bond with. It just seems cruel to keep him and Logan Black apart from each other any longer.
Do you think Black should be allowed to adopt Diego?
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