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A soldier's 'best friend' is lost - Please help us find him

PLATTSBURGH How do you tell your military son, who is serving in Iraq and just lost a best friend to the war that another of his best friends is missing too? Michael and Darcy Johnson of West Chazy are hoping they dont need to break that news to their son, Micah, who has been serving with the 1-227th A Company 1st Air Combat Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq since September. Thats why they are reaching out to the community for help to find their sons dog, Goose. Goose is a one-year-old chocolate lab that was last seen on January 16 in the Winterbottom Road/Route 22 area. Goose is wearing two red collarsone for a wireless fence and the other with the inscription, ATF Explosive Canineand a tag displaying Michaels name and phone number. Hes not really an explosive dog, Michael Johnson said. Hes a very friendly dog. The Johnsons are desperate to find the dog before they have to break the news to Micah, 25, who has already been faced with the loss of his best friend, Jason, to the war. The two had served together on his first tour of duty with the 1-1 Aviation Attack, 1st Infantry Division. Micah and Goose are best friends, too, so news of the dogs disappearance would likely hit hard. The dog has gotten out before, but hes come back, Johnson said. The Johnsons moved to the North Country in May when Michael obtained a work transfer. We have found the North Country people some of the most friendly and helpful people around, and we have lived all over the country, he said. The family is offering a reward for the dogs safe return. If you find Goose, contact Michael Johnson at 493-4844, or 726-0651 (cell) and he will arrange to go pick up the dog.

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