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Former Marine reunited with dog he served with in Afghanistan

  • U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sergeant Deano Miller, left, is reunited with military working dog Thor, a yellow Labrador with whom Deano served with in Afghanistan Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Thor was adopted by Cpl. Miller, ensuring his retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a home after a lifetime of service to his country. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sergeant Deano Miller, left, is reunited with military working dog Thor, a yellow Labrador with whom Deano served with in Afghanistan Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Thor was adopted by Cpl. Miller, ensuring his retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a home after a lifetime of service to his country. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)  (The Associated Press)

  • Surrounded by media, Sergeant Deano Miller leads military working dog Thor, a yellow Labrador with whom Deano served with in Afghanistan, out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday, May 22, 2014, in SeaTac, Wash. Thor was adopted by Cpl. Miller, ensuring his retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a home after a lifetime of service to his country. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

    Surrounded by media, Sergeant Deano Miller leads military working dog Thor, a yellow Labrador with whom Deano served with in Afghanistan, out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday, May 22, 2014, in SeaTac, Wash. Thor was adopted by Cpl. Miller, ensuring his retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a home after a lifetime of service to his country. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)  (The Associated Press)

  • Following the stresses of a long flight, Sergeant Deano Miller, left, lets military working dog Thor, a yellow Labrador with whom Deano served with in Afghanistan, relieve himself outside of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday, May 22, 2014, in SeaTac, Wash. Thor was adopted by Cpl. Miller, ensuring his retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a home after a lifetime of service to his country. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

    Following the stresses of a long flight, Sergeant Deano Miller, left, lets military working dog Thor, a yellow Labrador with whom Deano served with in Afghanistan, relieve himself outside of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday, May 22, 2014, in SeaTac, Wash. Thor was adopted by Cpl. Miller, ensuring his retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a home after a lifetime of service to his country. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)  (The Associated Press)

A former Marine corporal has been reunited with the military working dog he says meant everything to him when he served in Afghanistan. And if the yellow Lab named Thor was a little distracted when he arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, that's OK.

The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/dOBbbn ) that Deano Miller says the two have lots of time to get reacquainted after four years apart.

Their reunion Thursday marked the end of a long effort to adopt the dog he worked with for seven months in 2010. Since then, Thor served alongside several more handlers in combat while Miller re-established a life in his hometown of Tacoma.

The adoption was aided by two groups that work to bring military war dogs back to the U.S. from combat abroad.

The 25-year-old Miller says Thor "was the only thing that kept me going every day."

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com