CARE FORCE: Veteran and dog reunite

There are no IED's buried at Auditorium Shores. And while that sounds kind of silly, what is no joke is the man and dog that now frequent that part of Austin.

Former Marines Chris Jaramillo and Shooter often play at auditorium shores. The game? Find the buried bomb. In this case the booby trap is a chew toy Chris secretly buries around the field. The more Shooter finds them, the more his tail wags.

But about six years ago they were searching out real IED's in Afghanistan. They found some and saved the lives of their comrades.

These two were a tight team.

"He was my support as far as relieving my stress. Being a shoulder to lean on... had a buddy, he stayed with me on missions. He slept under my cot," Jaramillo said.

After all that, it was an abrupt parting for these two. Chris handed Shooter off to the next IED team and for him it was back to civilian life.

Then, a few months ago, he got a call from K-2 Solutions, the organization that trained Shooter. They told him Shooter was now a vet, too, and was up for adoption. Chris headed straight for their location in North Carolina, and, in a ceremony there, the team was reunited after five years apart.

In no time at all, Chris says shooter rebounded with his fellow marine.

"On the drive home he just kept jumping back and forth and rubbing on me,” Jaramillo said. “It was a move of reassurance that he remembers."

They've become a team again— not looking out for active duty marines on combat patrol but rather helping each other cope with fears that still exist.

"My war wasn't a war of being afraid of ambushes, mine was an IED war, so I was afraid of things I couldn't see and having him, and knowing he's a bomb dog, it's like ‘hey, as long as he's good, I'm good.’ So it helps the stress symptoms from stuff I've been carrying around since then," he said.

And while searching and chasing down decoys is still training, Shooter can now take a dip as well. There weren't too many Lady Bird Lakes in Helmand Province.

"He's still a puppy even though he's going on eight years, and he brings the best out of me now days, too," Jaramillo said.

So, if you're ever at Auditorium Shores and you see a guy and a black lab digging around, know it's two Marines that survived a field of battle for a field of green.

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