American Soldiers Reunite With Furry Best Friends From Deployment
GreaterGood.org partners with Puppy Rescue Mission (PRM) to assist military men and women in bringing home companion animals they have bonded with while deployed on foreign soil.
Often, soldiers overseas form bonds with stray dogs and cats. Of course, getting a dog or cat transported back to the United States from a distant country is difficult, especially for a busy, active-duty soldier. But no soldier should ever face leaving a beloved animal behind if there is a way to get the animal back to the United States. Your donations helped dogs like Bandit and Bash reunite with their soldiers.
This 4th of July we’d like to share two soldier testimonies about their beloved buddies:
Bandit of Poland
Bandit’s soldier told us:
“Our first month into our deployment to Poland, we came across a stray German Sheppard puppy roaming the forest near our airfield. She was incredibly dirty and malnourished, and her fur matted and clumped; she was still incredibly friendly, happy, and sociable. She followed us back to the airfield we worked on, and we filled a hard hat full of water for her to drink from and gave her a plate of leftover food from our chow hall. We were sure someone higher ranking was going to tell us to get rid of her, but it never happened, and she has stayed in our hangar with us for 7 months now!
“Since we found her she has put on nearly 25 pounds, we brushed all of the mats out of her fur, vaccinated her, and treated her for heartworm and fleas and ticks. She’s incredibly happy and loyal and boosts our morale every day we are here on deployment. She has become part of our unit and is like family to us, and we can’t stand the thought of leaving her behind when we leave, so we are trying to find a way to bring her home with us.
“We named her Bandit after our unit call sign. She has been recognized by our squadron commander as our official unit mascot!”
Bandit is home with her soldier now in Illinois and doing wonderfully!
Bash (Bashful) of Iraq
Bash’s soldier stated:
“Bash found us as it was starting to get hot. She had wandered through the c-wire surrounding the perimeter of camp. She was gashed up with multiple lacerations from the c-wire. The worst gash being about 4-5 inches long down the middle of her chest and very deep.
“This was located in a spot she could not lick. This worried me for infection, and I wasn’t sure she was going to make it through the next couple of weeks. The other cuts scoured her legs up and down. Through all this pain she was in whenever we came around her, she would get up and try to get us to pet her.
“She was incredibly trusting from the beginning allowing us to clean out her cuts and give her belly rubs. She then rested and recovered slowly over a couple of weeks. Once she was better, she decided it was time to wander around the camp.
“Force pro didn’t like her being on camp and kept trying to run her off. She kept coming back at night. A new force pro crew came in, and they did not care if she was around the camp just as long as she was not hurting anything. She is just a fun, lovable dog looking to play and be loved. I hope to make her an addition to my family.”
Bash reunited with her airman daddy and now lives the life in Florida.