Last week while listening to talk radio, I heard the story of Army Specialist Brent Grommet. While serving in Afghanistan, both Spc. Grommet and his service dog were injured. Before returning stateside, Grommet had begun the process of adopting Matty. Unfortunately, there was some sort of mistake and the two were separated. While searching for Matty, Spc. Grommet was informed that Matty had already been adopted. The two had been been apart for the last 16 months, but were reunited this past weekend.
My family once adopted a pair of dogs, only to have their prior owners request them back because they missed them too much. Everyone in my family was heartbroken because those sweet dogs had already stolen our hearts, but my parents did the right thing by returning them. I can imagine how this family might be grieving over Matty’s departure from their home.
The family who had adopted Matty have done an extremely kind and unselfish act, thinking more about the welfare of Matty and Spc. Grommet. Having been a military service dog, Matty is a veteran of war and could very well be suffering from PTSD. Matty needs to be with Spc. Grommet just as much as Spc. Grommet needs his canine friend for his own healing.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4
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Welcome home, Matty. Thank you for your service to our country, Specialist Grommet and Matty! And thank you to the kind family for your unselfish act of love for two of our nation’s heroes!! ❤ ❤ ❤