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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Molli Oliver and Boone, a soldier dog

Molli Oliver and Boone, a retired soldier dog (photo courtesy of Laura Huffman)
"You might be interested in this story," Laura Huffman messaged me today. I met Laura, from Pulaski County (MO) Tourism, this summer. She collects historical facts and information like I collect beautiful shells on the beach - and prizes them just as much.

Today's message caught my interest on several levels - I shared Laura's interest in Ft. Leonard Wood history and I love dog stories.

"Molli Oliver stopped by the Visitors Center today with Boone," the message read.

Molli is delivering Boone, a soldier IED-trained dog, to be reunited with his first handler. Marine Sgt. Andrew Mulherron, who will return from his deployment later this month.

I immediately contacted Molli and we chatted briefly before she arrived at the USO in St. Louis. She and Boone are flying to California this evening.

We set up a phone call for tomorrow. More will follow after I hear her story, but right now, I wanted to share a photo of Molli and Boone, courtesy of Laura.

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