JOHNS ISLAND â€” Bosco, an 8-year-old Labrador retriever, showed no sign of trauma on Sunday when he got off a single-engine plane after a flight from Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree airport.
The dog acted like any rambunctious Lab â€” half his age â€” as he excitedly ran around, greeting an entourage of people waiting for him at Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island.
Yet Bosco’s story could have been like thousands of sad endings that take place weekly in the United States.
Bosco, his owner and his caretakers have been through a lot in the past two years.
His owner, Cameron Murphy, has been fighting in remote regions of Afghanistan. Murphy entrusted his dog to his parents, Laurie and Tony Brown.
Like so many Americans, the Browns, who live in Atlanta, got caught in the economic crisis that has plagued the nation since 2008. Both lost higher-paying jobs. They found lower-paying jobs, but haven’t been able to keep up with the bills. A leak that caused $6,000 worth of damage broke the camel’s back.
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