Dead Baghdad Soldier’s Dogs Brought To Family In U.S.

DogsArmy Sgt. Peter Neesley took in strays when he was living in his Michigan home. Even when he was living in Baghdad at the military base, this passion for animals and caring for them stayed with him.

Neesley found Mama, a black Labrador mix, and Boris, her white-and-brown puppy, while he was patrolling a neighborhood in Baghdad. He then took it upon himself to care for the dogs.

After one of Mama’s puppies was killed by a car, Neelsey and some of his friends built a doghouse to protect the dogs.

His sister said, “He was determined. He had already been sending us e-mails about how when he came home in July, he was going to find a way to bring them with him.”

But on Christmas morning, Neesley’s family found out that he had died in his sleep.

To honor Neesley’s wishes, the family wanted to bring the dogs to Michigan. They wanted to have something that they could hold and care for that Neesley cared about.

Mama and Boris finally arrived last Friday at the home of Neesley’s mother.

The dogs were picked up in Baghdad earlier in the week by a rapid response manager for the Best Friends Animal Society. Gryphon Holdings LLC, an American-owned airline with service to Iraq, agreed to fly the dogs from Baghdad to Kuwait City.

A veterinarian with the Iraqi Society for Animals vaccinated the dogs and arranged for the health certificates allowing them to travel to the United States.

Now, Mama and Boris are part of Peter in the eyes of his family.

Carey Neesley, Neesley’s sister, said that protecting others was part of his life.

She added, “He’s always had such a strong sense of family and protecting those who can’t protect themselves. Caring for a mother and her stray puppy, why would you ever think to do anything else?”

Source: CNN

(Thanks shibadiva)

10 Responses to “Dead Baghdad Soldier’s Dogs Brought To Family In U.S.”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    This is lovely. Thankyou Best Friends for helping a Mama dog and her pup in need. The soldiers family will have good memories of their fallen soldier.

  2. The Lioness says:

    This is such a wonderful story. Compassion in an area and time of violence compounded by compassion from afar.

    This is just great. I hope that Mama and Boris live wonderful, long lives!

    ~The Lioness

  3. says:

    What an incredible man and family. To think in such a time of chaos and uncertainty he was still able to reach out and help a couple of strays.
    Thanks to all who contributed to make this happen. May the Neesley Family have a life full of Peace and Love.

  4. shibadiva says:

    I hope that more army personnel are allowed to bring back the pets that they have bonded with overseas. This story reminded me of Jay Kopelman’s endearing book about rescuing a puppy in Baghdad:

    From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava;sr=8-3

  5. toni says:

    Pardon the tears, but that is one of the sweetest stories i’ve ever heard. It took so many people to do this for Sgt. Neesley’s family. Each one of you deserve a medal for consoling his family.

  6. Jo says:

    My sympathies to the family of the incredible son and soldier that possessed such a kind heart! And I am so glad it beats on, through the dogs that their son nurtured in the midst of war. The apple doesn’t fall far from a tree and this is a tree full of golden apples!

  7. Sharon says:

    I mourn the loss of this wonderful soul. He might still be alive today if he hadn’t been sent to that hell hole called Iraq. God looked down upon those two pups.

  8. Sharon says:

    what a tragedy..

  9. Sharon says:

    I mourn the loss of this wonderful soul. He might still be alive today if he hadn’t been sent to that hell hole called Iraq by a man who has no soul. God looked down upon those two pups.

  10. Thel Josenhans says:

    To the Neesley family ,
    you brought , in to this world , a soul , of God ,
    His love , for animals , showed , it was , His loving , caring , that , He seen , a poor dog suffer & Her pups , He was Her…….. Angel …. send from God.
    Thank you for bringing up , a fine , young man , & His love , will be showed , in the dog & Her pups to you , God loved your son , so much , he took Him home , He fulfilled his task , on this earth , He was the ” Angel ” to save this dog. NOT EVEN A SPIERAL WITH OUT GOD KNOWING .
    God Bless your family
    know , your son , is at peace
    He , truly is with , the Father , in heaven
    T.K.J. Thel

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