Four Inspiring Stories of Military Heroes + Their Dogs
It’s great to read inspiring stories. Especially about the military and the sacrifices they make for us everyday. I found these inspiring stories on ABCNews and thought I would share them with you. They are stories of military heroes and their war dogs.
Gabe was a pound puppy in Houston and then he found Sgt. First Class Charles Shuck. They spent three years working together in war zones, but now they’re on a different mission. They’re campaigning for the 2012 Human Association’s Hero Dog Awards. Gabe won the military category and is now hoping to win the $10,000 top prize, which would go to the duo’s charity partner, the United States War Dog Association. What a great idea! Winning the military category means that Gabe will be representing every war dog. Before retiring, Gabe was a specialized search dog with a total of 26 finds of weapons and explosives. The average number of finds for most dogs is 5-10. Wow, Gave is the man – well, the dog!
Beny was assigned to Sgt. Jessica Ruggiero straight from his training in Germany and the two clicked from the very start. They spent two-and-a-half years working together from 2006 to 2008. Beny specialized as an explosive-detector dog. They were deployed to Iraq on a mission for President George Bush. Later they worked together in Europe. Beny also comforted Ruggiero when a fellow soldier would be killed. Beny retired after a few years because he reached a point where he refused to work. It was obvious that had had enough. The organization Military Working Dog Adoptions helped raise money to pay for Beny to fly from Germany to Ruggiero’s home in Fort Polk, La.
Justin Rollins was scheduled to return home to Newport, N.H. from Iraq in 2007, two weeks before he called his girlfriend and said he couldn’t wait for her to see some really great pictures he had taken. But when the photos arrived the next day, Rollins was dead. Rollins girlfriend Brittney Murray saw the pictures had arrived and they showed Rollins playing with some puppies. At the funeral Rollins mother Rhonda Rollins was asked if there was anything the Army could do for her. She requested one of the puppies that Justin held in Iraq the night before he was killed. The family had already decided that they would name the puppy Hero. Hero eventually made his way from Iraq to Bahrain to Brussels to New York and, finally, to New Hampshire.
On Feb. 9, 2010, in Afghanistan, a bullet shot from a Taliban sniper bounced off of Pvt. Lewis Henry and deflected onto his patrol companion, Pvt. Conrad Lewis. Lewis was only 22 and his life ended. Lewis had written his family a few weeks two weeks after he was deployed to Afghanistan telling them about a dog he befriended and adopted from the streets. He had named his new friend, Pegasus. Lewis’ father remembered his son telling them how the dog followed him everywhere, dodging shots and IED’s over the six months his son was there. He also lied with his son and comforted him. A true soldiers friend. In July 2011, after a joint rescue effort by the British nonprofit organization Nowzad and Lewis’ fellow soldiers, Pegasus was returned to the U.K. to be reunited with Lewis’ father.