Friday, August 6, 2010

Hero Dogs and Soldiers

In an ultimate act of devotion, Rufus bit the Taliban terrorist on the leg.

CBS News reports that Rufus and two other stray dogs thwarted a surprise attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last February. Sgt. Chris Duke vows that the dogs saved his life, and those of 50 other sleeping American soldiers.

When Sgt. Duke returned stateside in March, he never thought he'd see Rufus again. But thanks to Robert's Cause, a nonprofit animal advocacy group, Hope for the Warriors, Facebook, Pet Airways, and some good Samaritans, Sgt. Duke and Rufus are now reunited and will live together, along with Duke's family, in Georgia. One of the other strays, Target, arrived to live with a soldier in Arizona. Way to go!

The reunion was captured by news outlets across the country. This video report is from Fox News:

I'm inspired by all the people who came together to help bring these dogs and soldiers together. This isn't the first great project aided by Robert's Cause. Robert Misseri is a founding member of Rescue Ink, has been instrumental in helping countless abused and neglected animals, works with Puppy Rescue Mission, and numerous other animal advocacy efforts.


Mr. Pip said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story! I am so glad it worked out for both the soldier and Rufus!

Your pal, Pip

Peggy Frezon said...

Thank you Mr. Pip. I hope you're having a beautiful day today!

Benny and Lily said...

Hi lady thanks for stopping by..What a great story
Benny & Lily

N. R. Williams said...

I love dogs and am always so glad to see a story like this one. Dogs are incredibly brave at the most unexpected times. I'm happy for the dogs but also for the soldiers who were saved and the soldier who gets to cherish his new pets for the rest of their lives.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Such a heartwarming story- love it!

24 Paws of Love said...

Isn't it awesome how dogs instinctly know when someone is going to hurt another before we do? How awesome the solider and Rufus were reunited. What a great mission and cause for helping our soilders.

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

What a great story!! And awesome dogs!

Chewy said...

What a beatiful story!


Stephen Tremp said...

Dogs are awesome. Great story. I read an articel recently about dogs coming home from Afghanistan with post traumatic stress syndrome. They miss their work and want to go back. They're actually bored being in retirement. Amazing.

Stephen Tremp

Jason N said...

This is just an amazing story. So many dog/war stories coming out lately.

Benny and Lily said...

Hi lady thanks for stopping by..What a great story
Benny & Lily