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Puppy love: Stray dogs befriended by soldiers on duty in Afghanistan are flown
DailyMail ^ | November 17, 2011 | Emily Allen

Posted on 11/17/2011 5:07:43 AM PST by algernonpj

They bonded in the heat of battle in war-torn Afghanistan.

And these heart-warming pictures show how the stray dogs who helped soldiers through their toughest times are being thanked - with a new loving home.

US soldiers regularly make best friends with loyal Afghan dogs, who are invaluable companions on the front line and provide relief after days of brave and exhausting fire fights.

And now these lucky pets have been reunited with the servicemen who befriended them with while on duty. ...

British charity Nowzad Dogs, which was started by former British Royal Marine Pen Farthing, who served in Afghanistan, masterminded the huge operation to relocate the animals. ...

The marine started his mission to protect Afghan dogs five years ago when as a serving soldier he witnessed a poor mongrel being used by local police in a dog fight.

He intervened and rescued the dog, whose tail and ears had been cut off by locals.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; dog; doggieping; rescue; troops
Re-united: Shelia Schaffer with Charlie, Penny Herald with her dog Liberty and Adam John Riniker with his dog Freedom are pleased to see each other again



All rescued dogs waiting for their owners at JFK airport after their long flight from war-torn Afghanistan


1 posted on 11/17/2011 5:07:44 AM PST by algernonpj
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggies Rescued by Soldiers Ping


2 posted on 11/17/2011 5:09:06 AM PST by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj

A little different looking Afghan hounds.


3 posted on 11/17/2011 5:13:59 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: algernonpj
Did they just win life's lottery or what!
4 posted on 11/17/2011 5:25:13 AM PST by Ken H (They are running out of other people's money. )
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To: algernonpj

Charlie looks so happy with Shelia Schaffer. You can see it in his eyes!!!


5 posted on 11/17/2011 5:35:15 AM PST by momtothree
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To: algernonpj

What a nice story.


6 posted on 11/17/2011 5:41:11 AM PST by beethoven
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

7 posted on 11/17/2011 6:04:43 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: oswegodeee; freekitty; left that other site; jesseam; sheik yerbouty; TXRed; SouthTexas; ...

Great story; enjoy.


8 posted on 11/17/2011 6:06:25 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: algernonpj
While spending a little vacation time in Vietnam in 68-69 I happened upon a puppy that was small enough to sit in a coffee cup. He became mine and was named Dawg. For a year we almost never separated. He even flew with me on a few occasions. When it was time to come home it was natural for me to bring Dawg. By the time I found out what was entailed with paperwork, costs and a long time in quarantine I decided it just couldn't be done. Strange, but there isn't a day that goes by that Dawg doesn't enter my mind. He kept me sane in an insane place.
9 posted on 11/17/2011 6:10:18 AM PST by animal172 (All aboard the Cain Train.)
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To: algernonpj

My Marine son is one of those who got their platoon dog “Kujo” shipped to the US at the end of their first Afghanistan deployment. It was quite a challenge raising the money to make this happen, getting this huge dog transported through hostile territory, and coordinating with Nowzad Dogs to make sure Kujo arrived safely at his new, adoptive home with the Parkers in Waco, Texas. At times, the whole process seemed impossible, but Nowzad came through with flying colors!

My wife put together a video about Kujo’s saga, which can be seen on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNCpU2zvyZU

And yes, we’ve gone to Waco a few times from California just to visit this amazing dog (and his wonderful new family).

If you need a worthy cause to support, I can’t say enough about Nowzad. What an amazing organization.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 6:18:23 AM PST by Tigerized (Occupy Wall Street? Go find the real culprits in the Capitol Building...)
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To: algernonpj
British charity Nowzad Dogs, which was started by former British Royal Marine Pen Farthing, who served in Afghanistan, masterminded the huge operation to relocate the animals

If anyone is interested, Farthing has written a couple of books about this project. I just downloaded one to my Kindle.

11 posted on 11/17/2011 6:21:18 AM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: algernonpj

Doggies are excellent judges of character.

Muslims despise dogs and treat them cruelly. I have read right here on FR that the stray dogs of Afghanistan know exactly where to go for a little kindness...Our Military!

Any society that loathes “Man’s Best Friend” has deep “issues”.

On the other hand, look how they treat the Female of OUR OWN Species!


12 posted on 11/17/2011 6:33:29 AM PST by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Looks like very happy pups.


13 posted on 11/17/2011 6:45:28 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: algernonpj

Good to get them out of there (so that they do not end up as Halal Terriers)


14 posted on 11/17/2011 7:36:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: animal172

Dawg enters your mind because Dawg is thinking of you and your kindness towards him.


15 posted on 11/17/2011 8:21:26 AM PST by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh... where would our country be without this brilliant man?)
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To: cubreporter

Thank you. That was very kind.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 8:46:13 AM PST by animal172 (All aboard the Cain Train.)
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To: algernonpj

dogs are God’s gift to mankind. They have saved lives, helped the blind and disabled and even brought love and sanity back into the lives of criminals.
This is a beautiful story and thanks for sharing it.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 8:47:37 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: algernonpj; Joe 6-pack

Excellent! Thank you.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 9:13:47 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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bmfl (can’t watch vids from here)


19 posted on 11/17/2011 10:12:26 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: algernonpj

For some reason my monitor is all blurry now. . .


20 posted on 11/17/2011 11:20:21 AM PST by cg56 (Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?)
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To: Tigerized

What a wonderful tale. Thank you for sharing it, and please, thank your son for his service.

May God bless and keep you all.
Tatt


21 posted on 11/17/2011 11:42:20 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: algernonpj

Maybe you should send this over to the idiot professor at Suffolk College in MA. He thinks our soldiers are just going over there to kill other human beings. His name is Avery. He doesn’t think people should sent care packages to the soldiers.


22 posted on 11/17/2011 1:53:14 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: algernonpj

Darn misty monitor!!


23 posted on 11/18/2011 1:42:07 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (I have a job; therefore I am in the 1%.)
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To: animal172

Thank you for your service. So sorry about Dawg. I hope you have had other dogs — there are so many who need homes. God bless you.


24 posted on 11/18/2011 1:44:28 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (I have a job; therefore I am in the 1%.)
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To: Tigerized

Thank you so much for the video.

Just beautiful!

Got me all teary eyed. :)


25 posted on 11/18/2011 1:55:59 PM PST by derllak
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

There have been very few times in my life that one or more dogs hasn’t ruled my home. Presently there is a rescued Golden and a rescued Border Collie/Lab mix who live better than I do running around the house. I cannot imagine living without “mans” best friend.


26 posted on 11/18/2011 10:06:27 PM PST by animal172 (All aboard the Cain Train.)
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To: animal172
First of all, Thank you for serving Our Great Country. I was a squid at the same time serving aboard a tender providing services and repairs to ships of the fleet. I can only imagine the conflict you endured with “Dawg”.

Moving forward to present day, I can understand how your home is “over-run” by man's best friend.

Over the years we have rescued 3 wonderful dogs - a Huskey mix, a German Shepard mix and our current Bishon Frishe which we rescued from a high-kill facility. He is a constant companion in my lap when he isn't playing with our Goldie, Bailey.

May your memories of “Dawg” never diminish.

27 posted on 11/19/2011 12:26:40 AM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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