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Spokane man reunited with beloved pug following cancer battle

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It’s a “tail” of man’s best friend as one Spokane man made it back to his pug after a battle with cancer.

The Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary hosted a pug party to welcome back Bill Turlington. The organization had been taking care of Bill’s four-legged friend, Pogo.

Bill, an US Air Force veteran, had been battling cancer since February 2015. Seven months ago, he had to go to the Seattle VA hospital to get treatment for leukemia. The motel where he was staying didn’t allow dogs so he had to make the difficult decision to leave Pogo behind at the animal sanctuary.

“It was pretty bad. He's been my little buddy since day one,” Bill says.

Pogo had a hard time adjusting to Bill’s absence, so Bill sent packages of T-shirts with his scent to his friend while he was away. So on Saturday, when Pogo actually heard Bill’s voice, he couldn’t believe it at first, searching elsewhere for his owner. Pogo is blind.

“Even when he became blind there was no question whether I would take care of him for the rest of his life,” Bill says.

But it’s not just Pogo who needs Bill.

“It was one of the things that kept driving me day to day knowing that eventually I'd come back and get to see him because I had to take care of him,” he says.

It’s a bond so strong that as soon as Bill got Pogo in his arms, Pogo began to shake and snort with excitement, something that brought tears to Bill’s eyes.

“I'm going to spoil him rotten. He's probably going to gain five pounds,” Bill says.

Bill is now in full remission.

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