April & Maya of the Republic of Georgia

Meet April & Maya of the Republic of Georgia~

“April & Maya are two of the ten beloved puppies that I took care of for half of my deployment. I was in the Republic of Georgia from September 2017 till April 2018 and they were born in January 2018. Once the mother stopped breast feeding them frequently, I began to take care of them. I fed them warm milk and when they were a littler older I fed them dog food. These puppies made my first deployment so much better. I loved taking care of them and treating them as if they were my kids. I made a little area behind a building specifically for them. Everybody knew that they were basically my dogs and they would call them “Bernal’s puppies.” I also took them to get vaccinated and fixed as well. During my deployment, I was trying to figure out a way that I could bring at least one home with me but it seemed very difficult. I’ve always wanted a dog and these two puppies will make me happy. They are dogs that remind me of my first and only deployment. I named all ten of them and I am glad that I will be able to have both Maya and April in my house.”

Headed to Portland, Oregon!