Mariah and Her Marine – Reunited

Contract Working Dog Mariah Reunited with Her Marine Handler

Sergeant Omar Peña who served in the Marine Corps and in Afghanistan recently reunited with his CWD, Mariah. He and his contract working dog trained together in the US prior to his deployment in Afghanistan. Contract working dogs like Mariah are a specialized improvised detection dog who detect explosives in military zones.

“We had a lot of firefights, a lot of IED’s, and she kept us safe. I want to say I wouldn’t have come back if it weren’t for her. She kept me alive; she kept my fellow marine brothers alive, physically and mentally. There were some down moments and she would come play with us. She knew when we needed her mentally,” said Peña.

Sergent Peña adopted Mariah when she retired from service. After 4 long years apart Omar reunited with Mariah at the El Paso International Airport, and as he waited at the airport, he wondered if she would remember him.

We at Mission K9 Resuce wish Mariah, Omar, and his family a wonderful time together for many years. We also want to thank the American Humane Association for their assistance with another adoption of our contract working dogs.

Thanks to all who donated to make this reunion possible!

Mission K9 Rescue is a team of volunteers and is funded solely through the monetary support of individuals that share our passion and respect for contract working dogs, military working dogs, and K9.

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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