Dog has life-saving surgery, returned to family right before an owner’s deployment

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Zac Mote is used to his dog, Colt, getting into a little mischief, and eating things he's not supposed to.

"Mainly paper towels," said Zac.

But this time, Colt, the puppy who's a year-and-a-half old, ate something that nearly killed him, an orange toy.

Colt vomited for a couple of days, and by the third day, Colt's owner, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Kelvin Mote said the dog was nearly dead.

They came to Blue Pearl in Overland Park, where Colt got the life-saving surgery he needed to remove the toy and part of his small intestine.

And on Friday, after about three days of being apart, Colt is reunited with his family.

Ten year-old Zac is especially excited.

"Usually he always gets up on my bed and curls up literally right next to me," said Zac.

To thank Lt. Col. Mote for his service, Blue Pearl discounted Colt's care and Frankie's Friends, an organization that helps families pay for emergency pet health procedures stepped up to help pay some of the bills as well.

Lt. Col. Mote will soon be deployed for his fifth trip to the Middle East.

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