Marine Is Invited For An Event, But He Doesn’t Know There’s A Dog Waiting For Him

US Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served 150 missions in Afghanistan alongside his beloved bomb detection K9, Casey.

The yellow Labrador was a brilliant prodigy and she never missed detecting a single explosive. Throughout his tenure, Ross was amazed as Casey saved his life over and over.

So when his deployment ended, he vowed to adopt the faithful dog right after she was retired.

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About 2 years later, Ross learned that Casey’s term as a military dog was over. However, she had simultaneously been recruited by the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office as their explosive detection dog.

Ross was devastated as he desperately wanted the hardworking 4-year-old girl to live a relaxed and pampered life after her valuable service to the country.

Ross reached out to State Fire Marshal Director Ray Reynolds, and explained the deep bond he shared with Casey. While Ray was moved by his story, he needed Casey’s detection skills in his department.

However, the kind officer failed to get Ross’ pleas out of his mind, and he eventually did something extraordinary to help the veteran!

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For Casey to be adopted by Ross, Ray needed to replace her with a K9 with similar training – which was quite expensive.

When Iowa Elk’s Association heard about this situation, they immediately donated $8,500 and helped the department get a new explosive detection K9! Casey was now free to go to her dad!

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For Casey’s official retirement and adoption ceremony, Ray invited Ross, but with a little twist!

He told the veteran he needed to come for a “testimony”, so that he had no idea about the happy surprise waiting for him.

The video below captures Ross and Casey’s emotionally charged reunion, and it’s a magical thing to witness!

Click the video below to watch Ross and Casey’s overwhelming surprise reunion in a glittering ceremony.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:

A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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