Our Soldiers/Dogs

ELLIE

Ellie is here in the USA and reunited with her Airman Zach, thanks to the generous donations from TD Bank and their wonderful customers! Zach writes, “…Ellie will be welcomed into our home with open arms and given a chance to live a life without worry. Thank you so very much for making this possible, and be certain that Ellie will be well taken care of.”  Ellie & Zach were reunited in the USA in December, 2016.

ONYX

Jaime writes, “The base I was on had several friendly stray dogs. They were all living under a connex next to my barracks. Daily, I and other soldiers would carry them food; they were always so excited, and loved to play. But the harsh winter would soon be arriving. I knew I wanted to try to bring them home, but had no idea how to go about it.” NDGLB raised the necessary funds to reunite Onyx and Jamie

  
 

AFAH

Afah’s journey to the US was made possible with a contribution from No Dog Gets Left Behind. Afah’s original name was Molly, but her soldier’s family felt she should have an Arabic name to honor her heritage. After some research, she was renamed “Afah”, from the verb meaning “to protect”. We know Afah will be well-protected always.
 
 

OSCAR

Sailor Kasey writes that Oscar was born on a Navy Compound in the Middle East and is one of the five puppies born in Bell's litter. I had already made the decision to adopt a puppy after helping move Bell’s puppies to their new shelter that some of our sailors built to keep them out of harm’s way.  A while after, I found out that Oscar was available for adoption, and I immediately snapped him up as mine. Seeing as all this happened right after I ended up going over the side of one of our patrol boats, I decided to name him Oscar after the man-overboard flag flown by Navy ships. I can’t wait to give him a good home and introduce him to the family!”  We are happy to report that Oscar and his Sailor were reunited here in the USA in Summer, 2016.

 

APACHE

Soldier Joshua writes: "Apache showed up in front of the compound one day completely emaciated. It was decided he was allowed to come onto the grounds where me and some of the other soldiers could help him get back on his feet. We started to gain his trust slowly and gave him turkey and rice to which helped him to gain weight and have the strength run around and play again. He is very friendly and loves greeting us when we get there. In no time he became one of the guys and we all bonded with him. Now I am trying to get him back to the states to be apart of my family. He gave me a little bit of home over here and reminded me what I have waiting at home for me when I return. It would mean the world to me and my girlfriend if we could get Apache to the states where he could be in his forever home.   We are happy to report that Soldier Joshua & Apache were reunited here in the USA in June, 2016.
 
  LUCY                                           
Lucy's Soldier writes, "To say that Lucy is a diamond in the rough would be close to accurate. She is certainly unique here; gentle when other dogs are fierce, trusting when others are standoffish, sweet, when others are savage. Her puppy-like exuberance for life and innocence have endeared her to the hearts of all of those who have gotten to know her. But life has not been easy. In this dog-eat-dog world she was both blessed and cursed with a gentle nature. Before finding us, she was attacked, beat up, ripped, bitten, torn, and brutalized by the other dogs. Rather than becoming callous, she retained her sweetness, which has caused her to become the favorite of all here, who take great care to make sure that she is well fed and safe. It is the general opinion here that saving Lucy, in a small way, will make this world a more just place.  We are happy to report that Lucy and her Soldier were reunited here in the USA in April, 2016.    
  
 
  DAISY
Daisy's soldier writes, "Daisy showed up at our gate scared and emaciated. She had obviously never been cared for, and judging by her angst around us she had been mistreated and abused. She cowered when we approached her, but her dire need to eat kept her coming back to us. At first we gave her granola, beef jerky, and water, being careful not to make any sudden movements around her so as to not scare her away. It took about two full weeks until her skittishness subsided, at which point she became excited every time we approached the fence that separated us. She became trusting and even protective of us, sleeping by the door to our gate at night and barking at unfamiliar faces that approached. She eventually took a young puppy under her wing as well, a dog that we named Ike. As the weather got colder, we built a makeshift doghouse using a box and blankets, completed with a hardened roof and floor. Daisy and Ike were our dogs, and we treated them like part of the team. There’s something about those dogs that helped all of us throughout our deployment, and now we want to return the favor."   We are happy to report that Daisy arrived in the USA in June, 2016.
 
 
CHARLIE #2
Charlie’s sailor writes “I met Charlie out here and he has made everything better, every time I come to work he brightens my day. I know summer is rolling around soon and he is not goanna have a good life here if he stays. I would be ecstatic if I could get your help in bringing him home with me, I don't currently have any pets, so having him with me would be amazing, and he would be my best friend.”. NDGLB is proudly sponsored the reunion of Charlie and his sailor.  Charlie is now home ad safe in the USA.   We are happy to report that Charlie and his Sailor were reunited in the USA in June, 2016.
 
CHARLIE #1
Charlie was born in the capital of Afghanistan, high in the mountains, and that is where I found her. She was whimpering for help and fear high up on a mountain close to our base. I gave her the little bit of food I had on me, gained her trust, and picked her up and carried her down the mountain. She is a smart critter, as luck would have it, and figured out pretty quick that we were softies for animals and over time she has warmed more than a few hearts that work at this compound.                          
As a proud combat veteran, I know how incredibly therapeutic the unconditional love of a dog can be to help cope with PTSD. That is why when Charlie gets home, my friend, who is a professional dog trainer, will be training and certifying her as a PTSD emotional support animal. This truly is a cause near and dear to my heart, this is a rare instance where rescuing a puppy from Afghanistan can not only save her life but truly change the life of a veteran who is coping with PTSD. 
 
 
NAZ
NAZ landed in the U.S. in early November, and has begun PTSD training so that he can be reunited with his veteran, Robert. While deployed, Robert endured the “most extreme situations that you could ever imagine.” In those long, stressful months, the companionship and affection of NAZ was “undoubtedly the best momentary escape possible from our intense reality.”  Coming home after such an ordeal can be stressful in all new ways.  But, being reunited with his buddy NAZ will make Robert's transition smoother and happier. 
 
 

MOXIE

MOXIE was rescued by her Airman Philip in Afghanistan.  He writes "I found Moxie in Afghanistan; Eyes still shut and brand new in the world. She nuzzled against me on the walk through camp, stayed calm, and it just felt natural that she ended up in my life. I instantly fell in love with Moxie. It was a quick and easy decision to adopt her and raise her in a proper home.. She was a comfort to me when I came back from missions. We slept on a beat up couch together, she slept on my boot when I fed the others, and she always calmed down when in my hands or against me."   NDGLB is proudly sponsoring the reunion of Moxie and her hero.
 
 

EGGY and ERKMAN 

K9 Eggy was a Patrol Explosives Detection Dog working alongside coalition forces in Afghanistan with her Handler Erkman. “…She was a mascot, protector, and a reminder of home all rolled into one for the troops she served”. When her handler’s deployment came to an end, Eggy had to stay behind in Afghanistan. Eggy suffers from arthritis in her back and was medically retired in late 2014. Handler Erk...man said “ there was nothing as hard as leaving Eggy behind in Afghanistan and I have been keeping my eye on her since I left and it is now time for her to come home to me”.  NDGLB proudly sponsored the reunite between Eggy and her handler ERKMAN.
 
   

SWEET JANE 

US Army Platoon Sgt rescued Jane and writes “I have been deployed to a lot of countries and seen a lot of poor animals mistreated. I am just grateful I can finally help.”   NDGLB was proud to sponsorship Jane.  She is now living happily with her soldier in Oregon.

 
                      

 

 
 

 BENSON

From Veteran Al: "I have been deployed to Afghanistan several times in the last few years. Each time the rules on our FOBs have always been the same; No dogs or cats allowed. Every time I have come here there have always been dogs that hang around our unit. We haven’t been able to adopt them but we have always looked out for them in small ways, with food, or clean water, and sometimes a safe place to sleep. In return the dogs of Afghanistan have always taken to the unit and helped us out. On my first deployment here in 2007 we looked out for this stray dog and her pups. In a show of appreciation she would follow our elements when they went on patrol and on more than one occasion disrupted waiting ambushes saving our lives. The rules of the military prohibited us from bringing the dog or any of her pups back to the states with us. As a Veteran of Afghanistan I can think of no better companion for me or for him than another who has lived here and understands what the other has survived. After all that the dogs have done for us over the years from aiding on patrols to keeping up morale, the least I can do is give one dog a good home."

 

ANISA

ANISA's soldier writes, “One afternoon I saw Anisa happily carrying a bag of bagels that she found in a trash bin. I was surprised and curious of how she was able to get inside the FOB and how she had managed to survive for so long. I approached her cautiously and to my surprise she greeted me with utmost friendliness. From that day on every time I had a meal I would grab an extra plate for her. Eventually she became my team's pet and everyone fed her all kind of snacks. A week after I met her and knew that she would be a great companion due to her friendliness, playfulness, and gentleness, We are the last team scheduled to operate in that fob so after our departure she was going to be on her own without any means of sustenance." We are happy to report that ANISA is living in Florida with her Soldier Daddy.

 
 

NERON

This is Neron L535, a retired Navy military working dog (drug detector) adopted by his handler. This 4-legged Veteran was retired due to back pain that rendered him unable to perform his job and recently had surgery to repair 2 ruptured discs in his back He is recovering nicely and is now able to way his tail about his back. As you can image, his medical bills are staggering, well about $12,000. NDGLB is donating $1,500 to help pay Neron’s medical costs.


 

BETTY

At NDGLB, we recognize the seriousness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the hardships it causes veterans and their families. To support our Veterans, we launched an initiative to save both a dog and a veteran. In addition to raising funds to bring a dog home from Afghanistan, we took it one step further by also covering all costs ($13,000) for specialized training so the dog can become a PTSD service dog for a veteran in need. Our sweet Betty was selected to become a PTSD service dog.  Betty is now in Chicago being trained with her Veteran. Visit our Facebook page to following Betty and her Veteran through this journey. 


 

ALBERT

This handsome boy Albert is an Afghanistan dog rescued by a soldier and identified as a PTSD service dog candidate. NDGLB jumped at the chance to help another veteran in need and raised the funds to cover Albert’s transportation to the USA – a $4,000 expenditure. Albert is now in Chicago being trained and paired with his Veteran. Visit our Facebook page to following Albert and his Veteran’s journey. 


TIC

Meet TIC.  This sweet puppy was rescued by a group of soldiers who risked everything to get him to safety. TIC’s soldier fell in love with him and doesn’t want to leave him behind to a certain grim fate. We are thrilled to let everyone know that TIC arrived safely to the USA and is living a happy life in El Paso, TX.

MAGGIE

Here is the story of Maggie and her hero! Maggie was much loved by all of the military troops who have rotated through this area.

Chief Paul writes “Maggie greets us when we arrive and is a constant in our daily lives. We are not allowed to feed or touch the animals but she doesn’t seem to mind! She has given birth to several litters and will continue to give birth to unwanted pups, most of which will not survive. I want to bring her home, have her spayed and give her a life of leisure where she won’t worry about her next meal or having more unwanted babies. I have a hound at home that will love to have a playmate like her! She is truly a sweet and gentle girl and will be a treasured member of our family!”

We are thrilled to say that Maggie is FULLY funded from the donations raised at our Valentine Charity Event. Because of our WONDERFUL fans and their generosity, sweet Maggie is coming home! Thank you ALL!

 

BARRETT

There are some photos that really tug at your heart. This is Barrett and to me she appears to be saying a quiet pray.

BARRETT and SARGE were part of the pack that SFC Mike rescued from his remote military camp in Afghanistan. Back in Dec 2013, Barrett was all ready to fly home but she couldn’t leave because she was pregnant (surprised everyone). Well, due to her extended unexpected stay at the transit facility, she needs additional funds to get her to SFC Mike’s family CA. Through the generosity of our fans, NDGLB is donating the $2,000 to get this sweet angel home.

Barrett arrived safely in April, 2014 and is living a happy life in California.

DJANGO

SFC Tom writes “I’m currently serving in Afghanistan and live in WA State with my wife and my 9 year old son. We would love to add Django as a member of our family. Django is not a wild dog at all and if he stays in Afghanistan after we are gone I don’t feel like he will live very long. I thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that you can help.” One of our amazing supporters, Laura from Carlsbad CA, generously donated the entire $4,500 to get Django home to the USA. Laura, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!. DJANGO arrived safely in the USA in March, 2014.

 

KIMO (Chemo)

SGT Mark writes “I am currently serving my second tour as an Infantryman in Afghanistan. After a suicide attack, which injured some of my soldiers as well as myself, I have been relocated to another location and have met the most wonderful, loving, and playful dog. Her name is Chemo and she has been staying on our base for a few months now and has done nothing but raise morale and happiness of us all. I will be heading back home in a few months and after we leave I fear Chemo will not be able to survive on her own. She has been through more than anyone could imagine and stands guard barking at anything that moves during the night allowing us to sleep worry free.”

We are pleased to announce that Chemo was reunited with SGT Mark and is living in Philadelphia.

 

SARGE

This is SARGE, a very special dog for a very special soldier. SFC Mike is on his 12th deployment. A true AMERICAN HERO.

SFC Mike writes “SARGE lives right outside the gate. She is extremely sweet, friendly and very puppy-like.” SARGE has brought so much comfort to our military men and women serving at this remote location that we just have to get her home.

We are thrilled to report that through the generosity of so many people, we have raised the $4,500 needed to get this sweet girl home. SARGE is now living in her forever home in San Francisco.

 

SAMUEL (Sammy)

Sgt. Joshua writes…”Sammy was sitting at my post on the other side of a rotor gate whining because he couldn’t figure how to get through it. He was too darn cute, and I loved him instantly. I’d say he’s about 3 months old. Only plays for like five minutes then plops down and looks at ya. The story is I have a soft spot for dogs and loved him right away. He’s a good dog, and I want him to have a good life with me and my family in Pennsylvania.”

Sgt. Joshua and Sammy are reunited and living in Lancaster, PA. 

LITTLE GEORGE

PO John who is currently stationed in Afghanistan writes...” Fat, Fluffy, Big Boned, Plump, Tons of Fun, Stout... However the pins fall, he is damn cute. Best friend from the moment his eyes opened.

He was named George because he looks like he is always lost when he waddles up to you while licking the air. George seemed so fitting. George has the demeanor of a bunny and a kitten combined. He won’t last out here without a loving caretaker and best friend.

After very little effort attempting to convince my better half to allow another four legged friend into the household, I was given the green light to get him home by any means necessary, even if that means he takes my spot on the plane or packing him in luggage with air holes. Leaving him is the same as leaving a fallen solder in the battle field.”

No Dog Gets Left Behind raised the necessary funds to bring George to his forever home in California. He arrived in June 2012.

BODHI (Watch Video on CNN)

When Staff Sergeant Nick first met Bodhi, he was extremely scared, filthy and missing his ears which had been cut off. His owner was keeping Bodhi as a fighting dog. SSG Nick rescued Bodhi by trading a pack of cigarettes and a flashlight for him. Without SSG Nick, Bodhi would not have survived.

Through our No Dog Gets Left Behind fundraising, Bodhi arrived in Florida in May, 2012 where he was welcomed home by Staff Sergeant Nick. Their reunion was captured by CNN.


MISS FOXY BROWN

Foxy Brown is a stray pup born in Afghanistan, who has no chance for survival without her soldier, SGT Austin.

SGT Austin writes…”This is my third deployment and I have found a special friend that had helped me get through the long hard times that this place develops. I would love for this friendship to be able to continue, for there are few bonds as real as those developed between man and dog. No matter how much the outlook on life darkens, nothing can lift your spirits like the unconditional love a pup provides. “

With the help of our generous supporters, Foxy Brown arrived safely and is living in Kentucky.

TUX

TUX is a stray pup born in Afghanistan, who has no chance for survival without his soldier, SGT Heather.

SGT Heather writes…” Tux is a sweetheart and he is my outlet here. After missions, in the evenings I take Tux for his evening walk, he loves to be outside. He is such a doll and definitely has my heart already. I can’t image leaving him behind.”

No Dog Gets Left Behind raised $3,500 to bring TUX home to SGT Heather. Tux arrived in December 2012 and is living at his forever home in Kentucky.

Missy MO

Missy Mo was a stray pup born in Afghanistan who had no chance for survival without her soldier, LT Frank. Missy Mo brought great comfort to LT Frank and without our help he would have be forced to leave behind the only thing that that showed him any comfort during his long deployment.

No Dog Gets Left Behind raised $3,500 to bring Missy Mo to her forever home in Georgia. She arrived in October (2011).

CONE

Sgt Marty Burke met Cone on an Iraqi Army compound. She was freezing, malnourished and could barely walk. She only has 3 paws, and without him, almost no means for survival. He gave her milk and a warm place to stay. Cone arrived in Colorado in February, the final stop in her long journey from Iraq where she joined Sgt. Burke’s family. When Sgt. Burke finishes his latest tour in Iraq, Cone will be there waiting to welcome him home and help him adjust back to life outside the war-zone. No Dog Gets Left Behind raised $4,000 dollars to bring Cone home to the U.S.                         


ROXY

Roxy was classified as a Force Protection Canine on August 2, 2008 for a US military camp in Iraq. She was a constant companion and source of comfort to a whole string of soldiers. Her official job was to bark and alert when intruders, whether human or animals, came around. She did her job well. But the majority of her time was spent showing affection for the soldiers she was devoted to. The military camp Roxy was protecting closed and on October 26th, Roxy arrived in the US to be reunited with a military family in Pennsylvania. She is now safe, her job in Iraq completed. No Dog Gets Left Behind raised $4,000 dollars to bring Roxy home to the U.S.