Wednesday, January 13, 2010

☺Baghdad Pups Rescue Missions Underway☺Dogs and cats coming to the US from Iraq!

From the SPCA International Web Site. Baghdad pups and kittens are arriving in the US as our military bases close! Rescues taking place now! My ♥ is singing a happy song!

Penny's Amazing Story 
UPDATE: Penny is now on her way to the US - she's coming home!

Petey and Penny were born in November 2007 on a U.S. military base outside Baghdad, Iraq, and quickly bonded with two marines, Doug and Dave. Dave immediately built Petey and Penny a sturdy, secure dog house with a fence around it for their protection during the night. Petey and Penny were always together and very happy to see everyone that lived on the small base. They grew protective of the marines and barked at anyone they didn’t know. That became their job – a sort of early warning system. Petey and Penny did their job so well that Doug was able to get them both special military status as U.S. Force Protection Canines.

The months rolled into years as Petey and Penny protected and played with the marines rotating in and out of the base. Until October 16, 2009 when Petey and Penny slipped off the inner compound and were shot – no one knows why. Even though Penny was hit with a bullet in the lower portion of her face and was losing blood quickly, she found a way to crawl a mile back to base. Dave saw her first and quickly brought her to the medical facility where three medics began doing everything they could for her. Doug and Dave wracked their brains wondering how they to get her the veterinarian attention she desperately needed, and suddenly they realized she could be medically evacuated to the Baghdad veterinary clinic because of her Force Protection status. By the time the helicopters arrived, the base medics had managed to clean, stuff and stitch her wound.

As soon as Penny was on the helicopter, Dave set about finding Petey. He was able to follow Penny’s trail of blood, which snaked around the outside of the base for a mile. She had taken the long way around - Dave assumes to avoid whoever shot her. At the end of Penny’s trail he found Petey shot three times and dead. The marines were heartbroken. After three weeks at the veterinarian clinic in Baghdad and several surgeries, Penny was returned to the base. Her wounds have healed and her hair is starting to grow back around her wounds. The marines say it is clear that Penny is happy to be back, but she is frequently seen looking for Petey.

Dave has now asked Operation Baghdad Pups to rescue Penny and bring her to his family home in Tucson. Dave says, “Penny is one tough cookie. She lost a ton of blood that day and it's a miracle she is alive. She’s done her job very well for years and she does not deserve to be left behind.”

National Canine Cancer Foundation


JackDaddy said...

A wonderful but sad story!!

The OP Pack said...

Very sad, we hope Penny makes it to Dave in AZ. She deserves a wonderful new life.

Hugs, Phantom and Thunder

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur sharing this...

We'll be looking furward to updates!


An English Shepherd said...

Yes great story but sad.


Ms. ~K said...

Breaks my heart....I wish we could save them all.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Yes , this is a sad story and a Ture Story.
I want to look at the HOPE for the puppies and kitties to come to the US. That is how I see it.
I want to see something good - and this is a MIRACLE.
I will be waiting for the updates.

Tabatha,Oscar, and Eclipse said...

So glad to hear she is on her way home!! YAY for happy endings!!

Dory and the Mama said...

We are glad she is coming home, yet sad that she lost her brother...

Thank you so much for sharing this!

Smiley Sniffles,
The Mama

Cocorue said...

soooo sad and happy at the same time. TQ for sharing such a worthy story and we will be awaiting updates on Penny and the rest of the pack.

thanks again,

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Another beautiful story, thank you for sharing.

happy said...

Sad to hear about Petey. Hope Penny makes it back to Tucson.

Teddy Bear said...

Yayyy for all those pups and cats. I hope that they all find furever homes soon.

Teddy Bear

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Howavart Puppy said...

Amazing story! I wish the best for Penny.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

These posts break our hearts, but we need to know about this stuff~
Lordy...humans are the true animals sometimes. That post about the dog dragging in CO, keeps haunting me, and I pray for dogs every day now, and that God would please wipe "cruelty" off the face of the earth.

Ginger Jasper said...

Heartbreaking but at least one little one is safe now.. Hugs GJ x

xinex said...

A sad but amazing story....Christine

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice to read but its sad !! have a Great Week !!

tula said...

stay strong Penny- you'll be in a safe home furry soon!

thanks for sharing her story,


Bailey said...

That is such a great story - good job, you guys!