CWD Belle Reunited with Her Marine Handler

Contract Working Dog Belle Reunited with Her Marine Handler

Sergeant Sam Wettstein was separated from his contract working dog Belle after a tour in Afghanistan. Not a day went by that Sergeant Wettstein did not think of Belle and when she was discharged early he was ready to bring her home.

Belle and Sergeant Wettstein spent numerous hours on missions that saved the lives of many Marines and service members. “I was at loss of words when I found out there was a chance to be reconnected with Belle,” said Wettstein. “I can’t explain the bond that you forge with your dog, your partner. It’s unlike any experience I have ever had.”

Wettstein and Belle were reunited at the San Diego International Airport.

Mission K9 Rescue through the generous donations of others and in collaboration with the American Humane Association, arranged the reunion in San Diego on August 1st, 2014.

There is no doubt that CWD Belle remembered her marine! They look forward to a long life that includes duck hunting.

Thanks to all who donated to make this reunion possible!

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Sam and Jessica Wettstein, Contract Working Dog Belle, and Kristen Maurer, Mission K9 Rescue Co Founder and President.

Mission K9 Rescue is a team of dedicated individuals and is funded solely through the monetary support of individuals that share our passion and respect for Contract Working Dogs.

Mission K9 Rescue is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing contract working dogs and military working dogs back to the United States from combat abroad as well as stateside, and reuniting the dogs with their former handlers whenever possible.

Your support is deeply appreciated and is paramount to our ability to “Lend a Hand to the Paws that Serve”.

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Mission K9 Rescue
P.O. Box 395
Needville, TX 77461-0395


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