Soldier's Dog Makes It Home

By: Catherine Bilkey Email
By: Catherine Bilkey Email

A soldier in Afghanistan is happy to hear his dog is home safe and sound.

Staff Sergeant John Reyes' husky got loose earlier this week and was found Saturday morning after what his family believes could only be the dog's search for his owner.

Jasta is John's pride and joy. So much so that John’s wife Ashley calls the dog his kid. He was devastated to find out the dog had gone missing.

"They run together; they play together, do everything together,” Ashley said. “He's had him since he was a newborn baby, and they've been inseparable ever since."

When her two dogs got out, her female husky waited across the street--but Jasta ran off.

John's nephews looked for the dog, and Ashley broke the news to her husband.

"He flipped,” she said.

He started posting information about Jasta online and e-mailed 11 News with information about the dog.

Luckily, a stranger found him a few days later after seeing a post on Craigslist, which is good for the family and really good for John.

John and Ashley believe Jasta ran off to search for his "missing" owner. While this is the third deployment for the Purple Heart awardee, it's his first away from his 11-month-old pup.

"The first week that my husband was gone, [Jasta] cried and cried,” Ashley said. “I'll come in the garage door, and I'll say hi to him, and he'll sit by the garage door, expecting my husband to walk in."

Now that Jasta is home safe and sound, Ashley is trying to alleviate his loneliness for his owner. She allows Jasta to sleep on John's side of the bed--and when she and John get a chance to Skype, Jasta is by her side ready to jump in with a bark for his buddy.


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