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Clemency for Ratchet - Soldier's Dog to Be Killed! - PETITION

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- 3572 days ago -
Soldier who saved puppy from life of hardship in Iraq could see her dog executed by U.S. superiors By Eddie Wrenn/World News Online Last updated at 7:23 PM on 07th October 2008

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Pam F (221)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 3:24 am
Thanks for posting,Simone.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 3:50 am
Thanks Pam.

Susan H (338)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:04 am
Signed and posting in my Navy wives groups, it will get forwarded a whole lot by them!

Lori M (14)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:05 am
Signed and commented. I can't believe this. Something is seriously wrong with this picture!!!

Ann Madison (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:06 am
Why did you duplicate the same story that someone else did an hour before you? That is against policy - I notice you name among the noted so you obviously knew someone else already posted this. The person that posted the original new story is also the owner of the petition.

Jen D. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:26 am
Not supposed to duplicate someone else's story - please go to original story and leave your comments for the person that actually shared this story.

Rachael Lawrence (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:39 am
Dude, repeat much?

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 5:08 am
Signed and commented on petition. Noted with thanks Simone.

Debbie L (180)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 5:16 am
Signed and commented, and will gladly pass this along. Thanks Simone

Pam F (221)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 5:34 am
Ann and Jen - Simone has NOT duplicated the story - the link takes you to the PETITION, which was not mentioned on the original article.
This posting from Simone has helped to gather signatures on this important petition - and isn't that what's important?

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 5:54 am
I don't see why some people are making a big deal about this posting being a duplicate post. So what if it is? This is a very important issue that people need to know about & they need to sign the petition. Simone, I'm happy when anyone posts anything like this. Keep up the great work. I very gladly noted & signed.

Dee C (23)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 6:28 am
Noted and signed..
Thanks Simone

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 6:39 am
If it was not for Simone, I would not have seen and signed this petition. Most of my petitions are signed through my dear friends news articles. Thank You Simone.

Anne T (286)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 7:22 am
Honestly, does it realy matter if a story is duplicated ????? Surely an issue as important and urgent as this needs to be posted everywhere to gain as much attention as possible????
Signed and will post on myspace also.
Thankyou Simone and Pam.

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 7:26 am

Thanks to all who brought this to our attention. Petition signed and sent out to friends and family.

We don't send our soldiers to Iraq to shoot puppies. This is horrible for troop morale - and despicable in general.

If anyone hears more about what's happening with this pup please post.

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 7:49 am
Noted with thanks Simone and signed for Ratchet as well as for all the sweet animals who gave their love to our lonely, brave servicemen and servicewomen throughout the world.

It is shameful that there is a policy which prohibits this and even worse that they would callously and cold-bloodly murder these sweet innocents whose only "crime" was to love and protect those within the ranks of the military.

Annelies O (283)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 7:50 am
Signed, thank you Simone

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 8:20 am
Mae, thank you for signing "Clemency for Ratchet"
thanks simone

stephanie v (85)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 9:12 am
Really people! WHO cares who posted the story! Isn't the point to spread it around and get the petition signed!? If you are only inerested in getting "notes" then I think you are missing the point! Thank you Simone! Petition signed and comment made!

Rose L (202)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 9:55 am
Noted and signed...thanks Simone

Terrie Scott (51)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 11:14 am
Hi Simone -

Thanks for posting our petition site to save Ratchet! Really appreciate it! Spread the word everyone! Let's make this a happy ending!


Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 11:38 am

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 1:01 pm
I just e-mailed my Senators and Representatives. Please everyone – do it too. And include the story link:

To find your Senators:

To find your Representatives:

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 1:25 pm
Petition signed.

TY, Simone.


. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 1:28 pm

And the e-mail for the President is:

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 1:48 pm
Signed and noted. I am personally am feeling queasy over the bad news in the other stories as of late, and I would love to see a happy ending for once.

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 2:11 pm

And contact your local newspapers and news stations. I just e-mailed the story to a reporter at the Birmingham News and 3 local stations - I hope they'll do something to promote this.

Brenda P (7)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 2:24 pm
On a television program that I believe was on TLC channel 38, they had a military family and the soldier had saved a dog he found in Iraq and he had it sent home to his family. The military allowed that and I'm sure the military transported the dog to the U.S. so I don't know why they are making a stink about Ratchet. I think it just depends on who your superior is. Unless it was done under the radar so to speak, but they talked about it on national tv so I can't see that anyone was trying to hide it. Anyway, I signed the petition because I believe they should let Ratchet live and send him home to the U.S. Thanks, Simone!

Maria S (338)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 2:33 pm
Signed and forwarded out Care 2.

Dusty K (1339)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 2:39 pm
Signed and posted on a few other sites as well. Thanks Simone!

Jacqueline V (351)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 3:57 pm
noted and signed this is outrageous

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:05 pm
Department of Defense can be contacted directly by going to:

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:14 pm
already signed at 10:55 PM PDT, Oct 7, 2008


. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:16 pm
For links to each member of the Senate who is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, go to:

When you click on each member's link it will take you to his page and info is there on how to e-mail him/her.

Blacktiger P (247)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:19 pm
Thank you all who find this necessary. To those without friend lists you will find it tough to gain friends with your attitude. If you could care less that means you are a hired stooge a troll, or just plain ignorant. As a Canadian I find it reprehensible the way the American Military treats their ENLISTED SERVICE PEOPLE!!!

I can tell you if this happened to our service folk there would be no enlistment, simple as that. Our Military takes care of our people, medically, physically, and mentally.

mandy j (29)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 4:35 pm
noted and signed please let me know the out come thank you

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 5:20 pm

Someone on the petition site made a valid comment. She asked if we knew all sides of the story. And, of course, the answer is no. Obviously the military has not, as of yet, issued their own statement (not that I've seen, anyway.)

Normally I would be the first one to say wait until we know more facts; however, this situation doesn't allow for wait time. If the dog is to be helped the help must come now.

Ari Kolman (63)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 5:36 pm
Are you still not worried about your own life? Well how about the Life of helpless beautiful little puppies with no food or water, no where to live, and know one that will adopt them? Read this Petition and please sign the it also with as many heart felt emotional torment as you can. we’ve got to make a difference before our lives are snuffed out, and by the looks of things, it could happen before I experience my own death in the hands of Government & World Leaders.

Darlene K (356)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 6:04 pm
very noted and petition signed, thank you Simone

Linda B (71)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 7:22 pm
He's adorable. Shame on them. Noted, signed, and passed on.

. (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 8:18 pm
Lindsey O., Thank you for the government info-I just sent personal e-mails to both my Senators with the story link. Terrie, Thank you for making me aware of the story. Noted and signed, and I'll be happy to be on your friends list! Let's hope this pup comes home and policy changes so soldiers can keep some humanity in them during terrible experiences we all know they face...

Terrie Scott (51)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 8:45 pm
You're very welcome!

Julie S (210)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 9:07 pm
Hi Simone.

I will sign, forward & X-post. Poor little guy.. this is really horrible/cruel. This is an outrage and an ethical disgrace. How is this kind of action legal/justified?

I will certainly get this news post out to all my sites.

If anyone gets more info on contacts, PLEASE let me know!

P.S. To those Care2 members that have made comments about 'duplicate' posts, maybe you should put some of your 'energy' to do some GOOD. Try HELPING TO SAVE THE LIVES of these poor creatures (like the PUPPY that could be killed).

Isn't that what this is supposed to be about?


Take Care.

Wednesday October 8, 2008, 9:16 pm

Vanda H (459)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 10:24 pm
Noted and signed..Thanks Simone..

Natasha V (4)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 10:50 pm
well i live in kuwait and i know groups that actually transport animals from iraq to kuwait and then to the could i get in touch with this woman and give her the information?

Ann R (13)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 10:50 pm
Noted and signed .please bring Ratchet home

Terrie Scott (51)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 11:06 pm

We just received a message from Sgt. Beberg.

Everyone wil be happy to hear that Sgt Beberg actually signed the survey and left a message for us all:

10:40 pm PDT, Oct 8, Gwen Beberg, Minnesota

" THANK YOU TO EVERYONE SUPPORTING MY DOG!! I can't get this done without the hundreds of people supporting me, nay, THOUSANDS! I am moved to tears. Thank you, over an over, for taking our story to heart and contributing to Ratchet's wagging tail being the first thing to greet me when I go home! ...."

Aaahhhh! What a sweetheart!

Keep sending the site out to family and friends - we need as many as we can get!


M.A.R.S. Safe Haven
Clemency for Ratchet Petition Site Sponsor

maggie t (45)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 11:32 pm
you know what really moves me ? Despite all the bad things happening during war - this special person (Sgt Beberg) shows so much heart and feelings for this dog - sending a big husky hug out to him and his family ;)

Lynnzie S (40)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 2:30 am
Petition noted, signed and sent. Thank you for telling me about this.

mylene de la fuente spoor (61)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 5:03 am
i signed and forward
thank you

. (0)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 5:40 am
Claudia, thank you for signing "Clemency for Ratchet"
i'm signature 1,998 and forwarded

Kirsikka A (107)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 7:57 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Simone!

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 8:35 am
Hi, I signed the petition and posted a comment. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, how inhumane have we become?

Christine P (9)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 8:59 am
Hi all, I noted, signed and forwarded this petition to as many people as I could think of. I will also post on Myspace. I think that this is a really sad testament to the way our government treats our troops. It's bad enough the way they are treated when they get home, but to take away the one loving influence that helps them cope during these horrible times is beyond comprehension. We HAVE to get Ratchet and other dogs and cats like him to the homes waiting for them here.

Maureen S (35)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 9:30 am
Signed the petition. This is ridiculous. Little Ratchet should be able to go home to Gwen's family. Gwen is serving our country. The military needs to break rules sometimes. Have a heart.

Kristen T (73)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 10:31 am
Thanks so much Simone for posting this!
I read about this several days ago on and was so saddened/appalled by it that I posted the story here on Care2. Since then, I've been away from the site for a couple days and I was wondering what was going on with this story. Thank you again, for posting the link to the petition - I probably would not have found it on my own!

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 10:34 am
Signed the petition and forwarded to my contacts. What is wrong with America?????

Ann R (13)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 12:13 pm
Simone please keep us posted .Thank you for bring this to light.i have forwarded this to all i know and contacted my Representatives


lidia d (0)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 4:45 pm
Signed the petition and fowarded to my contacts. Agree with Lori M., also I think that something is with "humanity"

Terrie Scott (51)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 6:53 pm
Update for everyone -

Be sure to read the message Sgt. Beberg left on our petition to save Ratchet. and, be careful about stating any specific dates - don't want anymore dogs seized... okay?

M.A.R.S. Safe Haven sponsors of Clemency for Ratchet site

. (0)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 7:29 pm

Check out Operation Baghdad Pups, one of the organizations helping soldiers to get their animals home. They need our donations (even a dollar will help):

Simone Duffin (1462)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 9:07 pm
Thank you everybody for signing this. And my goodness, as for those three bloody trolls at the start of this, I must admit I was upset with your nasty messages and thought maybe I should take a break from Care 2 with types like you here, but then I thought why the hell should I! I am here to help animals, and if this helps Ratchet which is possible well I dont care what you think, just troublemakers. Anyway thank you to all my real friends- the true animal advocates.

Bob F (10)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 10:29 pm
Its crazy how the military handles this. But then, they are the military and can do what they want. Thanks for posting this Simone. I cant belive how stupid some members are because they think you screwed up when you posted this. Good for you by not letting the assholes win. I hope the dog gets saved, and the military will change its policy on things like this.

Newsthat Youneedtoday (0)
Thursday October 9, 2008, 11:44 pm
Thank you for posting this. I will blog about it, and I know a busy forum I will post it on as well.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 12:57 am
this link for email addresses for dept of defense

Past Member (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 1:10 am


Past Member (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 1:15 am
i have emiled cnn and also added link
t o petitiona nd to news article i suggest we all do this

and to email dept of defense

Past Member (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 1:22 am

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Friday October 10, 2008, 5:55 am
Very touching article Simone, TY for posting this, noted & signed. It doesn't matter who posts it, as long as the petition gets signed! I'm glad you posted my friend.

My thanks go out to Sophia & Lindsay for providing the links to send out to. TY Yvette for forwarding this to me.

Gee, I hope that Ratchet gets to be with his friend, how terrible is this? With all that is going on in this world, why is this even happening you have to wonder? It's a good deed that someone is trying to achieve. I don't get it.

Peace to all,

Terrie Scott (51)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:01 am
****** UPDATE ********

Thanks again for signing my petition to save Ratchet -

I added a video to the petition showing another soldier's struggle with the same issue. If you aren't familair with the "From Baghdad with Love" clip from CBS news, please visit my petition site and take a look.

THANKS AGAIN for signing.

M.A.R.S. Safe Haven, sponsors of "Clemency for Ratchet" petition

. (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:03 am

And many, many thanks to Terrie who is working her fingers to the bone trying to get the word out as widely as possible. I'm so thankful she started the petition.

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:11 am
Yes, thank you Terrie mostly hon, sorry bout that.
You Rock!


Terrie Scott (51)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:17 am
Aaahh, thanks Lindsey! (I"m not paying you) JK I THINK this is day . . . um THREE with NO sleep..... Gotta fight the good fight. Sgt. Beberg's friend Katie and I have been keeping in contact, as well as Stephanie from the SPCA. Everyone is working hard to make this happen.

Don't forget to share this with your local radio/tv news station forums also.

My hands hurt like blazes for oh, the first two days... but now I don't feel a thing, because I'm numb from the elbows down, but no pain, no gain. And, I have not left my laptop for...gosh, lost track. sleep deprivation!!


aka Gammy, mom, dog lover and Army Veteran

Terrie Scott (51)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:22 am
Thanks you too FreeSpiritRunning and Sophia D - be sure to check out the extra contacts she posted.

Lindsey needs to keep track of this for me whether it's 3 or 4 days now without sleep, working 24/7 on saving Ratchet... again sleep deprivation does funny things to you...

Back to work I go, so if I don't respond it's because I am busy writing, blogging, emailing, posting or simply knocked myself out as my head hit the laptop.

HUGS!!!! SIGN MY PETITION and SHARE!!!! Make Gwen & Ratchet HAPPY!!!!

. (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 7:02 am

Whaddya mean you're NOT paying me, Terrie......YOU PROMISED!!!! I want my money!!!! Show me the money!!!!

. (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 7:34 am

Here's the "contact" method for National Public Radio:

Also, you can google to find a list of all your local radio stations and send them the story as well.

Terrie Scott (51)
Friday October 10, 2008, 7:56 am
NPR - great idea!!! Almost got three feet away from the computer... It's 11am here in Ohio... must S L E E P soon... Sorry, no money - I am forever in the debt of gratitude mode.


. (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 8:01 am

ABC News:

Terrie Scott (51)
Friday October 10, 2008, 8:31 am
I came across this and found it interesting. I wonder if the commanding
officers who are NOT overly cooperative about the dog/cat situation are
aware of this little proclamation from the Secretary of Defense?

Please read:

Remarks to the Daughters of the American Revolution (Washington, D.C.) As
Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Washington, D.C.,
Friday, July 11, 2008

"And, of course, then there are the stories of citizens like you –
citizens whose support plays a pivotal, if rarely discussed, role in this
narrative. Hundreds of grassroots organizations are supporting our troops
– providing homes or plane tickets or supplies for Iraqi school children.
One group leads an international effort to bring back to the United States
dogs that have been adopted in theater – and that units are loath to leave
behind. It may seem a small thing, but in the midst of war, cats and dogs
become part of the unit. As one soldier said, “Even the gnarliest dudes
turn to putty around [our dogs].”

Taken from the Department of Defense website

Must Must S L E E P.... be back later with updates!

M.A.R.S. Safe Haven, sponsors of Clemency for Ratchet petition

Helen Rose (30)
Friday October 10, 2008, 8:37 am
Signed and noted...Good Luck, God Bless, and you both come home safe

Marian E (152)
Friday October 10, 2008, 11:51 am

Thank you Simone. It is great to read news posts and comments, but
it is very helpful to post the link to the petitions. You are one that is
diligent about that when they are available. Kudos!!!

I emailed and signed.

Marsha S (67)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:16 pm
Give this dog and this soldier both what they deserve! Send him home to soldiers family or Me. I will care for him, This has been done before. Unless thie dog is treated properly it makes a huge statement about the USA and it will not be one of respect of life, compassion, or decency~~~~

Wolf LuvR (120)
Friday October 10, 2008, 9:37 pm
noted, signed and passed on. TX to all who are working so hard to save this hero dog Ratchet and get him to the US safely for Sgt Beberg. May they both
come "home" safely and soon.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 4:18 am
Noted and happy ass here happily signed
Thank you Simone for all you do for the animals

. (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 10:35 am
Terrie asked me to share the following info with you:

There is no news yet as to the Army's decision on Ratchet.

However, the story made E! Online - along with our M.A.R.S. Safe Haven petition

Main with promo

Soldier's dog story

E! Online should help generate even more interest in this issue.


. (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:17 pm

I'm not sure if anyone has posted the SPCA news bulletin about this. If not, here it is:

Natasha V (4)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 12:59 am
any news???updates?

. (0)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 5:22 am

No news yet from the Army as to what they're going to do.

Baghdad Pups has made a YouTube video about the situation that Terrie would like me to post:


. (0)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 7:07 am
I read on another site that supposedly time is running short and that Baghdad Pups must get Ratchet out by next week - otherwise he will be left behind. I don't know whether this is true or not.

I checked PETA's website and see nothing on it about Ratchet (nor have I personally seen anything from them on this subject.) They can put a heck of a lot of pressure on - and I really encourage everyone to contact them.

You can call PETA directly at: 757-622-7382 and dial 2. Phone is supposedly manned day and night.

Or go to their website at: When you get to that page, click the "yes" button to report an animal in imminent danger.

. (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:20 am

The story has made CNN Headline News!

Still no word on what the Army's final decision is....

Linda B (71)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 1:47 pm
I'm glad it made the national headlines. With all the uproar over other dog-related issues in Iraq, you would think that the military would know better by now. But then I'm trying to think rationally. When the government and war zones are involved, ration thinking isn't usually the order of the day.

. (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 5:58 pm
From M.A.R.S. Safe Haven:

We were able to secure Ratchet’s release, but the military did NOT release him in time for the flight back home. Another flight is necessary to pick him up.

If everyone reading this just gave a dollar...we could do this.

Please share this - donations needed now for another flight back to Iraq.

“Military Provides Ratchet Clearance, But Not in Time

Washington, DC October 15 – Ratchet did not make today’s SPCA
International ( flight out of Iraq. Just 30 minutes before
SPCA International’s rescue expert, Terri Crisp, was to lift off from the
Baghdad tarmac, the military finally gave Ratchet clearance to be released
from his location at COP Meade. The military’s slow response has put him
at risk because they did not release him in time for today’s flight out of
Iraq. 6 other U.S. soldiers’ dogs are on their way to safety escorted by
Terri Crisp, Operation Baghdad Pups program manager.

SPCA International and Congressional officials pursued every measure at
their disposal, but the military was too slow to act. Ratchet’s fate
hangs by a thin thread of hope that he will be kept safe long enough for
SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups team to return. SPCA
International plans to make another emergency return trip to rescue
Ratchet as soon as Sunday.

Read more on the petition site and DONATE at

Petition site:

Thank you

Your friends at M.A.R.S. Safe Haven

for Ratchet


Linda B (71)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 7:15 pm
It's irksome that the military is deciding what an animal rescue group can or can't do. I hope there are people keeping an eye on him until the group can get back there to save him. I'll be donating.

. (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 7:17 pm

Thanks for the donation, Linda! Every single dollar helps!

. (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:29 am

Update from Terrie at M.A.R.S. Safe Haven:

"We've come full circle it seems.... Rachel and I went back to the very beginning and started networking again.

The good news being he has been released.... The bad news being he has no way home and another trip to Baghdad must be financed.

The AP has released this story to every news agency the petition has certainly been effective in raising public awareness. The AP released ANOTHER press release today stating we've had over 45,000 signatures - google 45,000 sign petiton for puppy....

Getting this story out to the public.... well, I never imagined we'd get international exposure like this from our petition. It's all going to be in vain, however if we do not get Ratchet AND the other 40 dogs back here to safety. I'm so worried about those dogs... and the soldiers that love them.......

I'm going to find out if Terri even got to see Ratchet when she was there. He had a leash and collar, but the military spokesman made it sound like he was just wondering around loose now.... worries me very much. Sunday can not come soon enough -"


Brenda H (29)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:16 am


. (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:30 am
Brenda, check a couple of posts above and you'll see the info from M.A.R.S. about the fact that Ratchet has been officially released by the military - and we're now trying to raise the money to help him get home (since he missed his flight due to the military not releasing him in time.)

The military has actually seen the petition - MARS is keeping it up with info about the new situation and asking people to donate to Operation Baghdad Pups to help raise money for Ratchet's flight (and for other dogs as well, of course.)

Brenda H (29)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:45 am

UPDATE - 10/12/08Contact InformationGwen Beberg is with the 101st Airborne. Their home base is Fort Campbell, Kentucky.Their Public Affairs office phone number is: 270-798-3025.The Base Commander is: Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell
39 Normandy Boulevard
Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223-5617Thanks Andrea for providing the information!Now that we have the info, calls and letters can be sent. Calls should be a priority because the last chance that Ratchet has to get out is on the 10/15 Operation Baghdad Pups transport.

Terri Crisp, program director of Operation Baghdad Pups, said the group has gotten 56 dogs and cats that had been adopted by military personnel out of Iraq. As a part of SPCA International, the group uses donations to fly the animals to the U.S. on commercial and private airlines. On Oct. 1, the group had flown to Baghdad to get Ratchet and 14 other animals after suspending operations during the heat of summer. Crisp said the group has tried to keep a low profile so there’s no “ruckus” over the Army’s no-pet rule.“There are commanding officers there who are animal lovers and recognize that these animals make a difference,” Crisp said. “We’ve had high-ranking officials bring out animals themselves.”Ratchet, she said, has been the only animal confiscated once the evacuation process had begun, but at least 36 other animals that soldiers were trying to get out of Iraq have been destroyed.“To me, it’s totally senseless, because they took away something that could help soldiers, and this just causes more trauma for them,” Crisp said.
I think one of the things that bothers me the most, aside from this entire situation, is why was Gwen’s dog, one among a total of fifteen on the transport, singled out to be confiscated??People keep bringing up the rules and regulations and the fact that there was a dog with rabies on one of the transports, all valid reasons to a degree… if none of the dogs were allowed to leave. But why only one? Why was Gwen’s Ratchet, of all the animals, singled out and removed??

. (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:49 am

Guys, please don't contact the military - they have already agreed to let Ratchet go (check out posts above). Baghdad Pups IS getting him out.

Brenda H (29)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:50 am

Brenda H (29)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:54 am

. (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:29 pm
Guys, there is some absolutely adorable stuff about Ratchet for sale at CafePress - t-shirts, mugs, bags, and lots of other things with his picture and the logo, "Saving Private Ratchet." All proceeds go to Baghdad Pups to help raise funds to bring our precious pups home from the war!

. (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:40 pm

And, I have a couple of coupon codes for Cafe Press: to get $5.00 off $40.00+ order, use coupon code "cafepoa540". To get $10 off $75+ order, use code "cafepoa1075". I haven't tried the codes yet - but hopefully they work!

. (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:45 pm
And another code which I just used to get free shipping on the Ratchet products I ordered is:

"cactusship40" - it works, at least for me.

Linda B (71)
Friday October 17, 2008, 7:26 pm
I went to Cafe Press, and saw the Ratchet items. He's so adorable. I hope they sell well.

I also hope this saga gets a lot of people involved in this rescue program.

. (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 8:08 pm
UPDATE: Ratchet Rescue Press Release

Here's the latest:

"Washington, DC October 17 - SPCA International's Operation Baghdad Pups program manager, Terri Crisp, boarded a plane bound for the Middle East today for the third time this month. This time Crisp leaves with assurance from the military that Ratchet has the clearance needed to meet her at Baghdad Airport. SPCA International ( anticipates Ratchet's successful rescue Sunday evening, October 19th.

Crisp flew back to the Middle East today after a mere 12 hours on the ground in Washington, DC. Crisp arrived in Washington at 12:45am EST today with six dogs from the Wednesday, October 15th Baghdad rescue. Over the weekend, these six dogs will be delivered to their final destinations in Wisconsin, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia and California. "

From M.A.R.S. Safe Haven:
Cross your fingers everyone! We'll all be relieved when Ratchet is safely in the care of the SPCA and on his way back home to America. We'll keep you posted.

What happens after Ratchet is united with Gwen's family in Minnesota? Well, then we work to get the rest of the animals that are on a waiting list safely home to the soldiers families here in the states.


. (0)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 8:45 pm
M.A.R.S. Safe Haven, the author of Ratchet's petition, asked me to post the following:

Do you have a story to tell about your experience or a loved ones
experience as a soldier and their special bond with a dog or cat while
serving in the Armed Forces?

Share it with us at:

. (0)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 1:56 pm
According to Fox News, Ratchet is out of Iraq and in the air on his way to his first stopover in Kuwait!

Linda B (71)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 2:00 pm
Yippeee! I hope they took more dogs, as well. I'll be checking out the various websites to get updates.

. (0)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 3:47 pm
M.A.R.S. Safe Haven thanks you for supporting this cause.

Saving Private Ratchet is a SUCCESS!!!!


October 19 Washington, DC - SPCA International ( is proud to
announce that Ratchet is on his way home from Iraq after 2 previously
thwarted rescue attempts. Today, the old saying is proven true, "the
third time's a charm."

Operation Baghdad Pups program manager, Terri Crisp, and Ratchet met at
the Baghdad airport tonight and boarded a plane bound for the U.S. After
SPCA International received military clearance on Wednesday, October 15,
for Ratchet's travel, the organization set this final rescue plan into
action. Last week, the world got behind Ratchet and Spc. Beberg's plight;
an online petition site collected over 65,000 signatures pleading for
Ratchet's release.

Crisp and Ratchet are scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport
in Washington, DC on Monday afternoon. Ratchet will be cleared by the
Center for Disease Control and given a thorough medical evaluation by a
local Virginia veterinarian. As long as Ratchet receives a clean bill of
health, he will fly to his final destinations, Minneapolis, MN, on

Northwest Airlines, a Minnesota base company, generously donated Ratchet
and Crisp's flights from Kuwait to Minneapolis, MN.

THANKS SO MUCH to EVERYONE for making this a happy ending!!!

Join our mailing list to receive future updates on continued efforts to
help our men and women in the Armed Forces adopt their pets and bring
about change to the military's policies on this issue:

Saving Private Ratchet has wonderful gifts with all proceeds going to
the SPCA.

READ the press release from AP here:

Terrie Scott
M.A.R.S. Productions

M.A.R.S. Safe Haven

Bob F (10)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 4:28 pm
You think we won, think again. Ratchet may live but its not over. The military has a long memory.Until this policy of killing solders pets is stoped, we cant let up. I know some of you dont care, but I would like to know why it started? When it started? Where it started? And why is it still around? I have found when you fight a something, its better to know all the facts you can. The killing of these pets, has to stop. So ther militry will sit on its ass for a while, then the killing will begin again. They, the dogs, cats, or what ever will just be gone. And what about Sgt. Gwen Beberg herself? What will become of her. Will she be left alone to live a good life? Or will the militery drive her into the ground, and make her wish she had been killed in Iraq? They have all the time in the world, and money to back it.So think about protecting Sgt. Gwen Beberg. And just because she quits the service dosnt mean they cant make her life a livibg hell. And one last thing. Every one who has ever read this, and or posted here is on some list now. Stay strong on this, we may have won the battle, but not the war. If a soldier cant have a pet, what are we fighting for? The simplest things in life are worth fighting for. A dog sleeping at your feet. A cat, purring so loud it rattles the windos.Or your pet lizard eating your pet flies. hahaha. You get the idea. But this is how I look at it. #1, stop killing pets by the military. #2, protect Gwen Beberg so she can live a good life. Thank you for reading this if you do, and dont forget!

. (0)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 4:32 pm

Bob, the general order itself was issued in 2000. For more info on that order, go to:

And I agree - the larger problem still remains. And needs to be fought.

I urge everyone to get on the e-mail list for M.A.R.S. Safe Haven (send your name and e-mail address to: That way you'll be kept abreast of new ways to help.

Also you can write your congressmen about the fact that the general order noted above should be rescinded, at least so far as pets are concerned. Write editorials to your local paper. Send letters to the news media.

. (0)
Thursday October 23, 2008, 5:57 am
Video of Ratchet leaving Iraq:

M.A.R.S. Safe Haven

Washington, DC October 22 – Ratchet, Spc. Gwen Beberg’s dog who gained worldwide attention after being forcibly held in Iraq by the military, will board his final plane home to Minneapolis, MN today. Ratchet was rescued from Iraq on October 19 by SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups program manager, Terri Crisp.

After arriving at Dulles International Airport on October 20, Ratchet was given a full examination by veterinarian, Dr. Chris Carskaddan. He gave Ratchet a clean bill of health, explaining that all the Operation Baghdad Pups dogs he has seen have been in exceptional health and appear very well cared for by U.S troops serving in Iraq. After the veterinarian visit, Ratchet spent a day and a half resting in Sterling, VA.

The Operation Baghdad Pups waiting list still includes 16 animals (14 dogs and 2 cats) that must be rescued from Iraq before their soldiers redeploy home for the holidays. Without more financial support for Operation Baghdad Pups, U.S. soldiers’ dogs and cats may parish on the cruel streets of Iraq. SPCA International is requesting public donations in support of U.S. troops and their animals be made at

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers in the Middle East befriend animals in the war zone to help themselves cope with the hardship and terror they face every day. These dogs and cats become their lifeline - saving them from deep depression and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The military refuses to help or formally recognize the lifeline these animals give to our mentally wounded. Veterans returned from Iraq are committing suicide at twice the rate of average Americans. It is time that Americans ask the Veterans Administration and the military to embrace all measures to ensure the mental health of every one of our soldiers returning from war. Operation Baghdad Pups’ dogs and cats can help fight this silent killer.

Here is another wonderful way to help raise for this cause:

It's called IGive

SELECT your favorite cause. Enter Operation Baghdad Pups in search engine. Register with iGive and SHOP at brand name online stores through the iGive Mall. A portion of each purchase is donated to your cause. SAVE money with exclusive coupons/free shipping deals. Plus, when you shop within 45 days of registering we’ll donate an extra $5 to your cause! They have over 700 stores from JC Penney to Expedia to Ebay partcipating in the program.

Please share this with your family, friends and online communities.

And, remember if you have your own stories to share about a soldier and their special bond with an animal while deployed overseas, please contact us at:

Let's make this a very special holiday season for these brave men and women of our Armed Forces by helping them bring their pets home!

Thanks you for your help!

M.A.R.S. Safe Haven

. (0)
Sunday December 28, 2008, 7:11 am
Great news story and video of Ratchet's new life in Minnesota.
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