Just in time to celebrate Independence Day, a U.S. Navy sailor based in Norfolk, Virginia, was reunited with his recently retired K9, Freddy. Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Perez was Freddy’s handler when they were stationed at a U.S. Naval base in Italy. They worked together for more than a year until Perez was relocated to Norfolk. Ten-year-old Freddy had served in Iraq and Afghanistan before he was sent to Europe, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The German Shepherd suffers from hip injuries and problems with his pancreas, and the American Humane Association, which helped facilitate Freddy’s adoption, is providing lifetime veterinary care for him. The pair hadn’t seen each other for a year until they were reunited on Sunday. “I just look at him truly as a best friend,” said Perez. “That dog works for you, and you work for that dog … You have each other’s back and it’s pretty amazing. It’s pretty cool.” He plans to let Freddy kick back and relax on the couch, and he’s been happy to spoil him with lots of toys. — Read it at Virginia’s WAVY