One night, while on guard duty with the US Armed Forces in Iraq, Sgt. Watson’s squadron returned from patrol with a new buddy. Weak, malnourished, and at death’s door, a black and white puppy had decided to adopt the soldiers of the unit known as Charlie Company.
The puppy rallied back, thriving on the care, attention and affection of Sgt. Watson and the members of his platoon. A real survivor, the puppy was named Charlie (after the military unit) and before long the growing puppy bonded not only with Sgt. Watson but with the other soldiers.
US Military Units are constantly on the move so, before Sgt. Watson and his men are forced to abandon their mascot to certain homelessness and ultimate starvation, Charlie needs transport to the United States. The obstacles are numerous but not insurmountable. The SPCA is helping with their exhaustive efforts to arrange for the transportation, shots, veterinary review and medical clearance to get Charlie out of Iraq.
Charlie is but one example of the amazing bonds formed between soldiers and companion animals. Many other dogs (and cats) who have been adopted by US soldiers abroad are in similar predicaments.
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