Iras Staff Sgt. Andy Wolf
Iras with Staff Sgt. Andy Wolf and his family (CREDIT: WFMY News)

Most dogs like to run and play.

While Iras like to do those things, there’s one thing that separates him from the other dogs in his new hometown of Fayetteville, N.C.: Other dogs haven’t saved lives and sniffed out bombs in Afghanistan.

Iras, a German Shepherd, spent two tours of duty overseas with Staff Sgt. Andy Wolf.

Despite being apart for two years, the duo picked up right where they left off when they were reunited at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday, with Wolf becoming Iras’ new owner, according to WFMY News.

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Wolf also shared that Iras had to have emergency surgery to remove his spleen. That’s when Wolf slept by his side while at a hospital in Germany.

Iras returned the favor when the canine saved Wolf’s life. As the duo approached a bridge in Afghanistan, the German Shepherd stopped and sat down, refusing to move, WFMY News reported. It turned out that there was an IED under the bridge.

“The amount of time and what we went through together, there’s nothing to explain what you feel,” Wolf told WFMY News.

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