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.