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Loved By U.S. Forces, Tripod, An Iraqi Dog, Brings Hope Amid War


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, dogs )

Cher
- 237 days ago - all-creatures.org
Heroics are not uncommon in times of war. But there are some that have gone largely unnoticed: the native dogs of war. Born and raised in war, they've become the best friends of American forces overseas. This is the story of one such dog -- befriended



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Christeen Anderson (419)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:50 am
A great share. Thanks.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:56 am

Dogs and cats are often adopted by soldiers and even brought home (sneaking is needed). I think the connection to animals is what keeps soldiers tied to their own humanity.
 

Connie O. (31)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:14 am
This is a wonderful story. My son served twice in Iraq, and other family members had also served 2-3x there. It is true that dogs are considered a pest. Once in a rare time you will find one that actually has a dog for a pet that is allowed inside. Yet, for many troops the dogs are a huge morale booster and a lot of them hid them away in their camps. It is wonderful to see when these soldiers are allowed to take those dogs back home with them. Sometimes, it is the only thing that gets them through.
 

Connie O. (31)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:19 am
This is a wonderful story. It is true that the Iraqi people consider dogs to be pests. Once in awhile you will find someone that has a dog for a pet that takes it inside. My son served there twice, and a couple other relatives served 2-3x. The dogs provide a huge morale booster to the soldiers and often it is what allows them to keep going and survive. The troops that are able to take those dogs home with them are very fortunate.
 

paula eaton (30)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:28 am
With all the money wasted by the military on crap there is no reason to leave dogs and cats behind. The animals mean so much for the troups.
 

Maria Cristina A. (119)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:31 am
Nothing quite like this quote...

"While most of the top brass of the military forces abroad have done their best to stop these dogs of war from being adopted and brought back to the U.S., reports like this show how these dogs benefit our troops in a myriad of ways, and that military intelligence is limited at best by its lack of compassion and understanding. Many troops suffering from PTSD would most probably be healed by the likes of Tripod."
- Dr. Michael W. fox
 

Joyce Schwartz (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:22 pm
that was a very inspiring story. i do hope he lives a very happy life now
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:03 pm
Wonderful. We needed to hear this. Hope Tripod is happier than she every believe possible.
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:05 pm
Wonderful story. I hope that Tripod lives a wonderful life that was beyond her highest expectations.
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:05 pm
Wonderful story. I hope that Tripod lives a wonderful life that was beyond her highest expectations.
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:06 pm
Wonderful story. I hope that Tripod lives a wonderful life that was beyond her highest expectations.
 

Marlene Dinkins (225)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 6:12 pm
una estoria meravigliosa!!!!notato questo e` bellissimo
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:51 pm
Such a great story and as always I'm a sucker for these happy endings, especially when it has a bit of fun in it like avoiding those dog catchers. Thanks.
 

Dale O. (175)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:48 pm
A splendid story, especially when animals bring such comfort to people. Tripod is a lovely dog.

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Dale O. (175)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:50 pm
Splendid and pawfect tips for a duty that we must engage in when the cat that owns us needs some pawfect trimming of the nails...they are sharp!
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Ruth S. (404)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 8:54 am
Thank you for sharing such a lovely story, I hope that Tripod and all the other animals that have made it out of those war torn countries have a wonderful life here in the USA.
 

Ruth S. (404)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 8:55 am
Thank you for sharing such a lovely story, I hope that Tripod and all the other animals that have made it out of those war torn countries have a wonderful life here in the USA.
 

Effie Ligon (56)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:26 am
These stories always touch me deeply. I have read many accounts of soldiers doing all they can to get their dogs out. There have been quite a few cold hearted horror stories as well. I do not have enough words to say how important these canine/human relationships are, especially in a war zone. And the help these animals can give to returned vets is beyond measure.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 10:04 am
The greatness and love of heart always trumps smallness and hate ... just takes longer (the dumber we get). We've learned nothing, how sad.
 

janet f. (29)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:01 pm
Why the US Army is hell bent on preventing the troops from befriending and bringing home these dogs and cats from Iraq and Afghanistan is beyond me.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:59 pm
Wonderful story that Tripod found a forever home in America.
 

Sara P. (54)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 6:49 am
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing Cher.
 

Maria S. (103)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:37 am
Thanks Cher for this wonderful story.
 
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