Monday, July 4, 2011

A Marine and His Dog in Iraq

Pajamas Media has a heartwarming story about a Marine officer and a miracle dog:

While in Iraq, Marine Major Brian Dennis and an Iraqi stray dog — later named Nubs — developed a friendship that turned into a lifelong companionship. Major Dennis (along with Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery) has since written a children’s book about his buddy: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle.

Dennis and his unit, part of a Border Transition Team, were deployed to help train Iraqi soldiers at a fort 15 miles east of the Jordanian/Syrian/Iraqi border, traveling between the fort and their forward operating base. During one of those visits, as Brian stepped out of his humvee, a mid-size dog resembling a German shepherd came up to the major. Nubs was the alpha dog of a pack of 12 to 15 strays. Says Nethery: “It was like the alpha dog meets the alpha Marine. It is definitely fascinating how that happened.”

The bond between Dennis and the dog was instantaneous and surprising, since there was little reason for a wild dog to trust a human. Dennis named the dog Nubs because an Iraqi soldier had cut the dog’s ears off to make him into a fighting war dog — tougher and more alert....

This article describes how the dog survived being stabbed by an Iraqi who apparently didn't like Americans, how Nubs managed to find the unit in 2 days after it moved 70 miles to a new location, and how Dennis raised $2,000 to ship the dog to San Diego, CA after his unit was ordered to "get rid of the dog, or else."

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