GreaterGood.org partners with Puppy Rescue Mission to assist military men and women in bringing home the companion animals they have bonded with while deployed on foreign soil. No soldier should ever be faced with the decision of leaving a beloved animal behind if there is a way to get the animal back to the soldier’s home.
Through this initiative, animals like Pippa are transported safely to US soil. Here’s what Pip’s soldier told us:
“We found Pippa on the Helicopter Landing Zone just outside of our camp. We had gone out to train during the day, and when we returned to our vehicles, we found Pip hiding in some of our equipment. She was tiny and afraid. One of the guys on the team picked her up and gave her some water and attention. We waited with her on the Landing Zone for a while to see if she would wander off back to her mother, but she just stayed put with us.
“We decided someone abandoned her, so we took her back to our camp and gave her some food, attention, and a blanket to sleep on. At the time, we knew her presence on the camp wouldn’t be appreciated, but we did it anyway. After a few days of getting fed regularly, drinking clean water, and getting a couple of baths, she became much livelier and puppy-like. She especially loves to run on our small strip of turf outside of our gym and chase medicine balls we roll down the turf for her.
“It soon got out that there was a puppy on the camp and the camp commandant kicked her off; everyone was pretty dejected by this when we went to bed. However, the next morning everyone was delighted to find Pippa running around the camp happy as can be. She is a very clever little dog and had managed to sneak back on to a US fortified camp in the middle of the night. This happened twice, but she found her way back both times.
“At this point, the collective decided she could stay, and she been with us ever since. The original intent was to let her stay and hand her off to the next team, but complications arose when we found out they are bringing a military working dog. The group discussed what to do and decided to contact Puppy Rescue Mission since she has grown on all of us. We then finalized our plan for who will take her and how it will work out. Significant others were informed and are on board as well, Pip FaceTimes with my family fairly regularly. I can’t wait to get her settled into a new life and look forward to our future together.”