A Soldier’s Non-Adoption Of An Iraqi Puppy At NPR


For some reason I like to track the status of dogs in war zones. You know, I do it from a really long distance, but I’d really rather not become “embedded”… I have a feeling the first time I heard the sound of an actual explosive device, my heart would stop beating.

Which is maybe one reason I like to track those stories. My guess? War makes dogs a little nuts. The sounds and smells must be infuriatingly confusing, especially if the dog in question is feral or “wild” or just plain without human companionship and comfort (and this is a street that runs both ways, of course… I can’t imagine living in a war zone without a pet companion… or living anywhere without com-pet-ionship… how does one do it?).

In any case, NPR’s Alex Cohen has a very lovely radio story up about United States Army Sgt. 1st Class Dan Stober, who is stationed in Iraq and has “adopted” an Iraqi puppy (though the Army’s official position is that soldiers are not to adopt these dogs as their own). You can listen to the story online at the NPR Website. Have a listen, and don’t be timid about leaving your thoughts in the comments.

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9 Responses to “A Soldier’s Non-Adoption Of An Iraqi Puppy At NPR”

  1. shibadiva says:

    Another lovely story. There’s also a book out by Jay Kopelman called “From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava” which tells the story of a similar lost puppy who was adopted by a group of soldiers, and eventually smuggled back to the U.S.

  2. Lynne says:

    I’d be happy if the military would let military dogs come home. We left many in Vietnam.

  3. Lynne says:

    Good starting point for info on military dogs is here: http://www.olive-drab.com/od_wardogs_today.php

  4. Jackie says:

    There’s a wonderful group, militarymascots.org, that helps our soldiers get the dogs over here. There’s criteria, of course, before a dog can be shipped here from the Middle East. Check out their website.

  5. badgerdog1887 says:

    God bless our soldiers and their families.

    Another excellent site: http://www.k9fluffy.com/

  6. Jenny Bark says:

    I pray he gets to bring that dog home & everyone else serving does too if they get close to a dog. My brother found a dog in Nam & it stayed with him all the time. He loved that dog so much & it even saved his life once. When my brother told it to hide or stay it would no matter what was happening except when my brother got in trouble & then it was their for him (even thou it wasn’t trained to be).

    My brother tried so hard to bring it home with him but he couldn’t. We called everybody we could here in the states but nobody would help us even thou I come from a big family with some pull. My brother is 59 now & still talks with sadness about that dog. I’ve heard him say a lot of times all these Da!! metals & I could not save 1 dog. It it really hard on our service people. We need to keep praying for them.

  7. Trudy Jackson says:

    I know there was a military man in Irac, who found a cat- a bengal, who stayed in His tent. I can’t remember how but He did get to bring Him home.

  8. KAEfamily says:

    Yep, I read an article about a VN vet who wanted to make the difference for the dogs that were left behind in VN. He and other grateful vets have been trying to create a war memorial for those heroic pets who kept the soldiers company, saved their lives and even died for them. With all the selfless sacrifices those pets went through only to be left behind because the armed forces considered them properties hence disposable. Some returned to their strayed lives; others ended up as some villagers’ meals.
    I hope the pentagon has had a different policies since then.

  9. JRK says:

    Do you know anything about that Marine who threw the puppy off the cliff? Was it real?

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