“Rhino was left to die by the locals in our area. I overheard their conversation and had to ask if I could take care of her (my first pet). I fell in love with her and hopefully she can come home.”]]>
“The pups name is Echo. This pup wandered upon some of our guys. They met up with the pup’s family and reunited them all together. Later on they came across the same pup but this time some of its siblings were deceased. They took it in and cleaned up the pup and gave it food and water. We have been watching over this young pup and I would like to bring this pup home, back to the United States where it can be healthy and have a good home and be taken care of. I do not want to leave this pup out in this harsh environment.”]]>
“Pooh Bear has endured a lot in her life and the scars are a reminder of her past. Yet, surprisingly, her past does not seem to faze her. She is a caring and gentle soul that only wants to be loved. Shortly after I arrived on site, Pooh Bear gave birth to a litter of puppies, but unfortunately only one pup survived. It was hard to see her grieve the loss of her puppies, but she is one darn good mama to her little pup, Patron
Getting to see Pooh Bear and her pup became the highlight of my day, bringing a sense of calm and friendly faces into some long and hectic days. While Pooh Bear’s puppy is already set to go to a loving family, I wanted to do what I could do within my control to make sure Pooh Bear gets the love that she also deserves. When my family saw the impact Pooh Bear had on me, there was no question that they wanted to open their home to her. Pooh Bear was there for me when I needed her most and now I plan to be there for her, giving her a carefree future filled with a loving family to call her own.”]]>
“As soon as I heard there was a charity to help us get the dogs stateside, I knew I wanted to adopt one. I had originally planned to wait for one of the new puppies to be born, but when I saw Gazi for the first time, he stole my heart. I recently got married and my wife and I are lifelong, big-time animal lovers and, especially, dog people. We had wanted to rescue a dog sometime soon and then this opportunity to do even more presented itself. We would be overjoyed and so grateful to be able to add this sweet, smart pup to our new family.”
Headed to Idaho!]]>
“A few weeks back while on a patrol to one of our checkpoints I ran into a small pup. I spent a few hours hanging out with him, giving him food and water until it was time to head back. We had plans to return to the same checkpoint a few days later and my plan, if he was still there was to bring him back to camp and eventually get him home. Yesterday we returned to the checkpoint and after about 45 minutes of looking around for him he was nowhere to be found. But as I was walking back into the checkpoint there he was, sitting in the center of the compound. As soon as he saw me he took off running towards me, tail wagging. A few nights ago we got him back to camp, gave him a bath and set him up with a nice shelter to hangout in. He’s a happy pup. He currently has no shots and the chance of us getting shots to him here is very slim but we are trying. The closest city to us is Amman Jordan and we could get him there pretty easily if need be.
We come across quite a few stray dogs out here but this guys’ demeanor was different. He was always excited to see us and very well behaved when we were around. I wish I could snatch up all these dogs out here and find them all good homes but that’s obviously not realistic. Prior to us finding Chief one of our team members (our chief) was injured in the field and had to be medevacked out. When he left the team vibe was down and something was definitely missing. Since we brought Chief there has been no shortage of smiles around the team.”]]>
“A few weeks back while on a patrol to one of our checkpoints I ran into a small pup. I spent the night there hanging out with him, giving him food and water, playing, and spending the night no more than five feet apart. Kral has the need to always be near me when I arrive, I think he sees me as the pack leader he’s been missing. We had plans to return to the same checkpoint a few days later and my plan, if he was still there, was to bring him back to camp and eventually get him home. A short while later, we returned to the checkpoint and after about 45 minutes of looking around for him he was nowhere to be found. But as I was walking back into the checkpoint there he was, sitting in the center of the compound. As soon as he saw me he took off running towards me, tail wagging. A few nights ago we got him back to camp, gave him a bath and set him up with a nice shelter to hangout in. He has met another rescue pup here named Chief, and they get along phenomenally, which is great news because they will live together stateside! He’s a happy pup, and despite the rough go at life he’s endured so far, he always has a positive attitude and is loving life.
We come across quite a few stray dogs out here but this guys’ demeanor was different. He was always excited to see us and very well behaved when we were around. I wish I could snatch up all these dogs out here and find them all good homes but that’s obviously not realistic. Prior to us finding Kral, due to circumstances unforeseen in the area, the team vibe was down and something was definitely missing. Since we brought Kral home, there has been no shortage of smiles around the team.”]]>
“I normally work in the armory but one day per rotation I worked on flight. My second time working a buddy of mine told me that there was a puppy out on our perimeter. Just this small little guy, so brave and territorial of this tower with no Mom, no food and no water. He immediately warmed up to us and got so excited every time he would see our MATV and that’s where it all started.”]]>
“Syri is an approximately 4 month old pup who was found hiding underneath one of my trucks in a village in Syria. She was very young at the time and was clearly on need of help or I fear she wouldn’t have survived. She has been looked after by myself and other members of my team ever since. She is very loyal to myself and teammates. She has grown accustomed to living with people and I fear that with leaving the country she will be lost. I have grown very attached to her and would love for her to come home with me and grow up with my children.”]]>
“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!]]>
“When I first saw this puppy, my heart instantly sank. He was so skinny, his fur falling off, he was critically dehydrated, and he could barely muster the energy to move. It was also immediately apparent that someone had beaten him severely. His hind legs have lost some of their mobility, and he has trouble sitting on the ground.
I befriended him over the course of that first week. I routinely brought water and food and left it out for him. I would slowly approach him and attempt to make contact. Finally on the second week, on a particularly hot day, he was laying in the shade and I decided it was going to be today. I had to make contact. He watched me inch closer and closer over the course of half an hour until I was sitting next to him. He started to whine, and I could tell by his body language that he wanted me to pet him but he wasn’t sure if I would just beat him like everyone else. When I finally pet him, he dropped his head in my hand and I could tell nobody had ever pet him before.
In the weeks since then I’ve been able to help him gain some weight, keep him hydrated, and his fur is very slowly returning. The heat is becoming unbearable and I know that without help, he will surely die. I have dogs of my own in the US, and as a dog lover, I can’t leave this puppy behind to suffer and ultimately die from the elements, starvation, or at the hands of a human being.
I’ve decided to name him Baqa. It means Survivor.”
Baqa has a bad case of mange. He has started his treatment in country and will travel after he has healed. Headed for CALIFORNIA BABY!!!]]>
“Judging by his clipped ears and tail Odin started his life as a sheep dog. After he wandered into our camp it was clear he had been left behind by his Shephard. After one can of spam and a bowl of fresh water Odin became a part of the family. He bonded immediately with the rest of our dogs and all of us as well. Despite his rough upbringing and life as a stray he remains the kindest gentlest dog I have had the pleasure of interacting with. I would like to give Odin the life full of happiness and love he deserves after such a tough start.”
Headed for South Carolina!!!]]>
“When I arrived the puppies were already here. I noticed Fluffy because his fur sticks up unlike the others (hence his name). When he was born he required extra care from the vets so when he returned the other puppies didn’t accept him and he was beat up and required some bandages. I started to check up on him and make sure he was ok and getting enough food. I feel like I should protect him now. He will love my home state of Pennsylvania.”]]>
“I am a service member assigned at a remote outpost in Afghanistan. Kevin was found one day on our camp under a building without a mother. Myself and a couple other dog loving service members took him back to an area and began taking care of him. He was too young to take care of himself and get food, and at one point didn’t seem to be in good health. But he bounced back and is an incredibly healthy, loving pup. His nicknames are “potato” or “fluff ball”. He loves attention and sleeps under my cot in our berthing building…the same place every night. There’s no way he’s totally spoiled and gets attention from everyone. He’s laid back with a great personality, smart (already knows his name and is house trained), and needs a good home which I can provide.”
“I’ve been in Iraq for 8 months almost 9 months. Slowly getting ready to head home back to the states. I’m a firm believer in giving second chances. It’s not the Bruce’s fault that he was born in this environment. I was approached by someone that wanted to take Bruce home but her husband said no. Bruce is such a sweet dog and deserves a second chance at a loving home with someone he can always count on to be there for him. He would also have another fur ball to play with. I’ve always wanted to get another dog for my dog to play with. And being here in Iraq seeing this pup living off of scraps from the chow hall made me want to give him a second chance at life.
Summer time is here in Iraq and the temp gets up to 140 degrees. The only cool spots they lay are under trucks, equipment, or inside bunkers that we as Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen seek cover in when we have incoming. ”
Between the Republic of Georgia’s Minister of Defense trying to round up all of the stray dogs and put them down, and the dog fights between the wild dogs of Georgia and the dogs that stay on the camp with the Marines (which happen on a regular basis at the camp) I don’t know what will happen to Chief if he stays in Georgia. I have a very happy home waiting for him here in Illinois, and I can’t wait to give him a peaceful life.
Besides the lush, green valley and snowcapped peaks, the thing that most sets Kurdistan apart from the rest of Iraq is the dogs. Unlike further south, they are not scrawny, skittish, diseased, or hated. Rather they large, well fed, sociable, and, even when wild, are rarely abused by the locals. This is because the Kurds are historically shepherds and have worked with dogs for thousands of years. The result is are big, mountain breeds, incredibly loyal and willing to protect their family at any cost. When a Kurdish friend told me that his dogs had just had a litter of puppies I knew I had to have one. As soon as I saw little Subutai I knew I had to take him home. Not because I pity the life of a dog in Kurdistan and want to rescue one, but because these dogs are fantastic. They are a wonderful breed and make the ideal family dog. The last few months of taking care of Subutai have only confirmed that. My family has always kept working dogs and the opportunity to bring a Kangal-mix into our home is too good to pass up. I look forward to many years of Subutai sleeping at the foot of my bed, joining me on hikes, automatically watching over the youngest member of the family, and patrolling the property because keeping his herd safe is what makes him most happy. Not to mention, he is one good looking dog.]]>
A friend of mine was in another location. I am in the location that transports the dogs to the US. She was the one that named her Meiko because she looks like the raccoon from Pocahontas. She texted me saying if we didn’t get them out of there, they most likely wouldn’t be around long, as dogs aren’t welcome on most bases. She arranged a flight from her location to mine. The dogs were in a large box, three pups and the mamma. I received them off the flight and met with the rescue folks to get them to safety.
I have one dog at home, a beagle/wiener dog mix. While I have been gone he has been he has been with another dog. Coming back, I wanted to find him a friend and companion. Rescues have always been close to my heart. I got to meet some folks that do something similar, but from Puerto Rico and wanted to do what I could to support your organization as well. When I met the pups and the mamma they were some of the sweetest dogs I have met, especially after just getting uprooted from the little bit they knew, and were not aggressive at all. I think the pup will be a wonderful addition to the family.]]>
“Lucy, and another local dog, Prince Ali, started to come around our work every so often. Both of them clearly very hungry, and weak. They would slowly start making their way into our port dawg family. Not too long later, it seemed that Lucy started to trust us enough to bring a puppy to us! His name is Bruce, and he was just as fun to be around as our first two. He would come some days, and other days he would stay back wherever their home may be. Finally it would seem that, Lucy trusted us enough to bring the rest of her family along as well. The two other pups would named Joey and Meiko, and this group of dogs greatly brought morale, companionship and increased our relations with the Iraqi Customs who would tell us stories about dogs they knew.
Not too long afterwards, someone decided to go and tell on us to the base commander. He along with another officer, stopped by where we worked at and saw the dogs. We couldn’t hide them as we had no warning. They told us that someone would come by to get the dogs the next day, and we couldn’t bear the thought of whatever they planned to do with them, or losing our newly formed bonds, so we jumped into action to get them to Erbil where the puppy rescue mission could help get them the lives they deserve.”]]>
“Addie was brought in as a stray to be euthanized. She had obviously been around people and had a sweet, but frightened demeanor. After some coaxing and patience, Addie opened up and her incredibly gentle, tender personality came out. As I sat in the run with her and she laid her head in my hands, I knew I had to do something. She stole my heart immediately; she is impossible not to love. She loves being around people, and she’s even good with kittens! I will be forever blessed if I can rescue this sweet girl and give her the home she deserves.”
“While on duty, I found this puppy in distress. He was covered in oil and alone. I brought him to my post to feed and give him water and I bathed him to get the oil out of his fur. The puppy is a male and my comrades helped me name him. His name is “Jab”. Little did I know that I would fall in love with this puppy. I wish to bring him home because I would like to give him a better life and a loving family, which he deserves. My family has also fallen in love with Jab and cannot wait to meet him.”