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Mr. Tinkles arrived into Germany on 31 August.
Thank you Margaret & Mac for housing Tinkles during his 3 month Quarantine.
July 10: Mr. Tinkles Soldier writes: Mr. Tinkles was born
around September of 2004. I first met him while I was standing in the hanger
where I was working. I heard him calling for the mother cat, but she was
no where to be found. He came running to my feet the minute he saw me,
from that point on we have never separated except for him having to stay
in quarantine for 3 months before entering Germany, he has been in quarantine
since May. Thanks for all of your support and helping me get Mr. Tinkles
Opsec landed in the US on 31 August.
View Opsec's at home
13 December 04: "Opsec's" Soldier in Iraq writes: "We
have recently befriended an Iraqi puppy, “Opsec” as we call him. We would
appreciate anything you can provide us in assistance to better care for
our little friend. We would also like any information you might have about
bringing our friend back to the States with us. We truly appreciate what
you are doing and look forward to hearing from you soon."
Rocket FINALLY arrived in the US on 29 August
12 June 05: Rocket is still housed in Baghdad
31 October 04: Rocket is safely housed in
Iraq and awaits a border crossing for his flight after quarantine.
23 August 04: Rocket's Soldier writes: I have a friend named
Rocket. He's a 2 1/2 year old Saluki, who I am sure, was someone's hunting
dog at one time. When the group that I am with started caring for him he
was starving, literally skin and bones, with a festering leg wound which
he probably got while chasing rabbits through concertina wire. I fell in
love with the little guy at once but rules are rules, and we just fed him
and let him run around. He would spend the hot days sitting in a mortar
hole filled with water in our yard, to try to stay cool in the 110+ degree
weather. It rapidly became apparent that with his short hide and all the
concertina wire on post that he just would not survive on his own out here.
It turns out that Rocket had many homes and many fans around post. One
group called him "Greyhound" another "BoyDog" another
"SlimJim". People had written home for dog supplies, even the
bomb-sniffing German Shepard gave him a Kong toy. Everyone has thanked
me for taking the time and the risk of taking care of him full-time. But
really, I need to thank Rocket, for giving me a reason to get up early
and go on walks; and not to skip meals (cause he needs something to eat).
He's a great dog. You are right in believing the morale boost the animals
provide. And you are right in knowing that US Soldiers are not inhumane
enough to turn away when they see furry people in need.
Rest In Peace Captain Smathers
- MAY 4, 1959 – FEBRUARY 4, 2006
Scout FINALLY arrived in the US on
22 August 2005
Scout at the Airport: He says, Hello my friend.....this
was a very long awaited reunion!
Scout arrived in the US on 22 August 2005
12 June 05: Scout is still housed in Baghdad
awaiting transport & flight.
3 Feb 05: Scout is still housed in Baghdad awaiting
7 Sept 04: Scout is safely housed in Iraq and
awaits a border crossing for his flight after quarantine.
July 2004: Scout had been with
his soldier since early entry of Iraq, and has now spent since Feburary
2004 waiting in Baghdad to reunite with his soldier who was medivaced out
of Iraq with injuries sustained in an ambush.
Lucky arrived in the US on 3 August
View Lucky's at home
Many Thanks to Dr. Barbara Kalvig & Staff
- NY Veterinary Hospital and Don Montes of Ambuvet. Thank you to Javed,
Fareed & Pam for all their help with Lucky!
10 June: Lucky's Soldier writes: I'd like to thank you for
supporting the military by helping unit's with mascots. I'm currently deployed
to Afghanistan. My Battalion has adopted a 10-month-old Afghani mutt. He
belonged to another unit before they redeployed, the new unit didn't want
the responsibility of caring for him, so our Battalion rescued him. Our
higher chain of command wants us to get rid of him, but has allowed us
some leeway, I'd like to get Lucky shipped to the states as soon as I can.
In March he had a physical, his rabies & distemper shots, the results
of his physical indicated no abnormal findings and the vet stated he was
"fit for duty."