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Cat and Soldier Rescue Each Other in Afghanistan

Cat and Soldier Rescue Each Other in Afghanistan

In war-torn Afghanistan, an injured bengal-stripped cat found a friend just in time.

Sgt. Jesse Knott saw the kitty limping around the edges of a concrete barrier meant to protect the base from mortar attacks. A trail of fresh blood followed the feline. Sgt. Knott knew if he didn’t intervene, the cat would not make it, so he lured the cat into his office with a piece of delicious smelling steak.

Sgt. Knott nursed the cat back to health and named his new friend Koshka (Russian for cat). The favor however was soon returned, as Sgt. Knott claims this four-legged friend saved his life just a handful of months later. ”Koshka gave a lot of love back to me.”

Fortunately, Sgt. Knott still had Koshka when his two close friends were killed in a suicide attack. Sgt. Knott felt that if he hadn’t had Koshka to get him through the darkest days of his deployment, he likely would have committed suicide.  ”I lost all hope… It was my darkest time and he’s what got me through it. Just the bit of compassion and love that cat showed me is what it took to remind me to stay strong.”

Normally, soldiers are not allowed to keep pets while on duty, but an exception was made for Sgt. Knott after the sudden and violent loss of his two friends.

Sgt. Knott is now back in the US and so is Koshka, thanks to Knott’s parents who paid $3,000 to fly their son’s lifesaving furry angel home!

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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3:56AM PST on Dec 18, 2014

This is the bond between the human and the animals

8:04PM PST on Dec 17, 2014

Daily smile!

7:45PM PST on Dec 17, 2014

It's so very fortunate that their paths crossed!

11:46AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

A heartwarming experience for them both, Live long and enjoy oneanother.

2:24AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

What a wonderful and inspiring story ! One should never doubt the bond between a human and an animal

1:46PM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

Thank you

2:09PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Love is a great healer and loved what Cheryl m had to say..

2:04PM PDT on May 27, 2014

A true testament to the healing power of an animals love. Thanks to Sgt. Knott for his sacrifice serving our country & for his parents funding Koshka's safe trip home so he could stay with his beloved friend.

4:59AM PDT on May 23, 2014

My God, I knew not at all that it out so many great men are there :-)
Maybe I should sit down with my PC out in a cafe and care2 petitions click;))

7:46AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Beautiful and heartwarming story! Cats can do that much for us, and we for them. I´ve already got Systemical Lupus Erythematodes, an immunity disease for 22 years, but I haven´t had a single attack anymore since I got my Norwegian Forest Cat Mix Gizzy at the end of Oct. ´10! And since the end of May ´13 I´ve got a second tomcat, the Maine Coon Mix Thori, he´s a kind of co-therapist. But of course Gizzy and Thori are much more to me: my babies (but they shall stay cats), my cuddly bears, my pillow thieves (lol) and so much more!!!!

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