By Will Jones NBC NewsROMULUS, Mich. —
U.S. Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung survived deployment to Afghanistan while so many others did not. His dog, Cena, was always ahead of the pack, sniffing out danger, specifically IEDs.
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"This dog saved my life. I trust him more than I trust most human beings," DeYoung says.
Four years ago, DeYoung got off a plane and thought he'd never see his dog again. However, he never forgot their unbreakable bond while Cena battled more deployments.
That changed thanks to Mission K-9 Rescue, an organization that reunites soldiers with their service dogs.
"We slept together in fighting holes. We ate the same food. He drank out of my water system. I carried him across rivers. We had a hail storm and a dust storm and I had to cover myself on top of him," said DeYoung. "I am so glad that he recognized me."