MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – On Sunday April 6, 2014, two former Marines were reunited after being apart for nearly two years.
Former Marine, Corporal Colin Cutright was discharged from in October 2012. During his tour in Afghanistan, he served alongside man’s best friend…his best friend – a 6-year-old German Sheppard named Samo.
Samo served as a patrol explosive detection dog and as Cutright’s partner for seven months.
FOX10 News reporter Michael Brannon caught up with Corporal Cutright and Samo on their way back from Gulfport, Mississippi, after their reunion. Jessica Kelley, Cpl. Cutright’s fiancée came along for the ride and stopped by the FOX10 News studios on their way back home to Daphne.
“He was my dog in Afghanistan. We trained up for three or four months before we deployed to Afghanistan and did a seven month deployment to Afghanistan and he found a big cache that he was able to keep out of the streets of Afghanistan and keep our military safe,” said Cutright. He was procured from Germany. Brought him back a little over a year old and goes to Lackland Air Force base and does over 120 days of training between patrol work and explosive detection work. He learns all of it. Now to bite a bad guy and detain a bad guy and also how find explosives,” he said.
You would not know Samo was trained to defend in such a manner…his disposition: gentle and calm.
“I got out in October 2012 and this is the first time I’ve seen him since then. I came back to Alabama and he stayed there in California. And so, a good friend, Michael Lynn brought him back and flew him from California to here today and he’s tired obviously, he’s trying to fall asleep. After he went from Texas, he went to Yuma and 29 Palms and I got him and we trained up for deployment and then back to camp Pendleton and this is first time to Alabama,” he said.
“I am excited to have a new four legged baby. It will be interesting to see once we get home,” said Jessica. The couple has another dog at home already. “She is a lab mix and she’s pretty hyperactive. She definitely wouldn’t be laying here for this right now. That’s for sure. But she’s very playful so we wer hoping the two of them get along,” she said.
“It’s awesome. I was nervous all day just hoping he was going to get on the flight and worrying he wouldn’t for some reason. I was a nervous wreck I guess, I don’t know, I was probably supposed to stay back behind the line but I kept going, it was definitely a feeling of relief and excitement all in one. He would stay in a kennel right next to me, I would have a cot or the ground at times and if we had a place where we would keep a kennel, then he would stay in the kennel right next to me. The one time we didn’t have a kennel, he chewed up my laptop cable. So I had to start putting him in the kennel. But it was either in the kennel or right next to me on the floor. Depending on where we were,” said Cutright.
“When I got the phone call from him saying we could adopt Samo, there was definitely no way I could say ‘no.’ So I knew he was coming either way. It was very exciting. It was going to be exciting for him. I knew he could t wait for it. So I was excited for that. I’m excited for him to come home and hopefully love me,” said Jessica.
FOX10 News will check in with Cutright and Samo in the next few weeks and let you know how they are doing.