Baghdad Pup's Happy HomecomingPublished November 3, 2008
Rachet the puppy was rescued in Iraq by Army Specialist Gwen Beberg and a friend. She wanted to send the six-month-old pup home to Minnesota and had all sorts of roadblocks thrown up. You see, troops are prohibited from caring for pets while on duty or bringing them home. Yes, it can be distracting for a soldier. And yes, some animals can be dangerous or carry diseases. But these animals also offer so many emotional benefits during stressful times, it seems inhumane to overlook them. In fact, Operation Baghdad Pups, run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International, interceded and offered a lift to the special pup. Since Beberg won’t be home for another month, her parents met Rachet at the airport. Here’s a brief story about the trip:http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/nws/2008/news/us/assets/common/images/transparent.png Operation Baghdad Pups runs purely on donations. It began when soldiers wanted to send home Charlie--that’s his picture. You can read his story at the website, below. Charlie During this month when America celebrates Thanksgiving, let’s all take a moment and be grateful for the safety and health of our own furry friends. And then perhaps visit http://www.baghdadpups.com/ and help other soldiers’ pet dreams come true.
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