Hundreds of dogs are deployed with the US military in foreign countries. They are assigned handlers who take care of the dogs all the time. The primary goals of dogs are different.
For example, some are responsible for searching for bombs, tracking people, and some are trained for search and rescue missions.
Taylor, a Labrador Retriever, was one of the service dogs working with the US military. She was fondly called Princess Taylor or Tay-Tay. She had served twice in Afghanistan and was so good at her work that the Taliban placed a bounty on Tay-Tay.
However, it was time for Taylor to leave from her military life and lead a more peaceful life. Therefore, these dogs are given for adoption after retirement. First on the list is usually the handlers with whom the dogs spent their service life. Unfortunately, such reunions are not as simple as they may sound.
The logistics of helping former service dogs move to their loved ones can be very expensive. But unfortunately, veterans often can’t afford that much money. This is where Molli Oliver stepped in. She was a kind-hearted veteran flight attendant for United Airlines.
She loved dogs and the US military, which ensured freedom for the citizens of the US. So she believed in reuniting former service dogs with their handlers. She had done four such reunions at her own expense. This made Oliver a hero for the veteran soldiers.
She made sure that she escorted Tay-Tay to a first-class cabin to reunite with her former handler, Sergeant Tom Hanson. All the while, Sergeant Hanson waited anxiously at the Boise Airport. He had saved Taylor from bullets and gunfire. In return, the dog smelled bombs from under the soldier’s feet.
After two years apart, Taylor and Sergeant Hanson finally reunited at the airport. The dog sprinted towards her handler, unable to control her happiness and enthusiasm. The soldier also hugged Oliver to thank her for everything she had done for him and Tay-Tay.