Scout

Meet Scout~

“For the last several months, our team of contractors have noticed two dogs (male & female) that continually sit at the entrance to our base. We work at a NATO base called HKIA – Hamid Karzai International Airport. We named the golden colored one “Scout” because of the way he would “scout” out members of our team and walk them to the bus stop each night at the end of a long day’s work. Each day we arrive and each night we depart, Bandit and his female companion are waiting to greet us at the entry control point (ECP). The ECP consists of a concrete-walled in road that leads to the main gate. It is littered with thousands of pieces of trash and garbage that is strewn across the ground. They even sleep in the same pile of trash every night. A few of us began feeding them breakfast and dinner…unfortunately, we have no access to dog food so we just end up feeding them cafeteria food from our local dining facility. The Afghans that also work on our base kick and beat Scout each time they pass him. We have warned them on numerous occasions to stop the abuse, but they never listen to us. As a result of the daily torture they endure at the hands of Afghans, Scout is very submissive. However, he has slowly started to become increasingly friendly when we are able to spend time with him, as he appears to be starving for not just food, but for attention and love. Each time I sit next to him, he rolls on his back and tries to get me to rub his belly…and returns the favor by licking and kissing my face. It is always difficult to leave them alone, out in the trash, each night. With winter and the rainy season approaching, the days and nights are becoming colder and wetter. Scout has nowhere to find shelter or refuge from the deteriorating weather conditions. To keep him in these conditions for much longer will not be good for his ability to thrive and live a happy life. Scout has demonstrated a capacity to love unconditionally, as proven by his demeanor, loyalty and friendly personality. He deserves to be loved and spoiled by the Kramer family who will provide him with the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, love, and health care. For the abuse that he has known since his birth, Scout deserves a second chance at life. These dogs are also at risk for euthanasia by the vector control shop that operates on our base. They have already euthanized hundreds of stray puppies that mistakenly wander onto our base. Time is running short and I am hoping for a miracle. UPDATE: On 12 Dec 2018, Scout and his companion were successfully picked up by the Tigger House shelter in Kabul. Scout and his friend are now awaiting funding to be approved for their trip to the States and a second chance at life with the Kramer family in Colorado Springs.”