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Help Bam Bam, Loving Pup And Marines Guardian In Iraq, Come Home To America!

Marine With Bam Bam

This is a letter sent to The Puppy Rescue Mission from a Marines wife. They have a ChipIn Donation Widget for Bam Bam right here, plus other ways you can donate to help them with Bam Bam and other dogs.

Let’s help get Bam Bam home. He’s been protecting our boys and now it’s time we protect him.

— Kenn Bell

Bam Bam was taken in as a couple week old puppy when a local child abandoned him in the middle of the road, after unsuccessfully trying to sell him to people in the area. Not only was he in poor health but he also had physical injuries, including a large cut on his nose and other signs of potential abuse.

Marines took him in, though they didn’t think he was going to survive the next couple of days. They were able to slowly nurse him back to health through feeding him applesauce and powdered milk out of their MREs.

After a couple of months my husband began taking him out on patrols. He was surprised to see how quickly Bam Bam adapted to being outside of base as well as how protective he was of my husband’s squad. The area they are deployed to is notorious for having aggressive stray dogs that have tried to attack people before. Whenever they come in contact with these dogs, Bam Bam has taken on the role of being the barrier and the protector between the strays and the Marines. One of his tactics is to distract the dogs until the Marines have passed. He does this by attempting to play with them, and once the Marines are safe, Bam Bam will run ahead to continue in front of the guys and be on the lookout for any more potential dangers.

During night patrols, he’ll bark and alert the Marines if a person is approaching them. After “working” for such a long amount of the day/night, his carefree attitude comes into play when he runs off as they approach the base and comes back with some sort of stick, leaf, or “toy” as his treat for finishing his workday. If he’s feeling extra generous, he sometimes will find a bone and give it as a gift to my husband. He then spends the rest of time sleeping comfortably half-on and half-off of his chair or my husbands rack!

One day when they were doing vehicle searches for a few hours, Bam Bam began playing and running around with some friendly, local dogs. When it came time for the Marines to head back, he was no where to be found. Unfortunately for security reasons they weren’t able to spend time looking for him and had to head back to base. My husband was devastated and everyone was extremely upset. They were relieved in the middle of the night when everyone was awakened by Bam Bam barking outside the base wanting to be let it. He had walked the 3+ miles back to base all by himself!!!!!

One of the things that amazes the Marines is how carefree Bam Bam is. He doesn’t have the life of a normal dog and the conditions they stay in aren’t the best but Bam Bam never shows it. As long as he’s with his Marines, he’s happy and content. He is such a morale booster for everyone and he helps make the deployment a little easier.

Bam Bam is affectionate, playful, social and most of all loyal. This is why it’s hard for my husband to turn his back on his dog when Bam Bam needs him the most. No one will be taking over for my husband’s unit once their deployment is over. Bam Bam will be left to fend for himself once they leave. He will have no one to take care of him, love him or appreciate his personality. My husband will have to turn his back on him even though Bam Bam has always been there for him and knowing that this dog deserves so much better!

Patrol With Bam Bam

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Daph74
Daph74
11 years ago

sure hope this works and that little dog gets “home” with those guys…he’s one of the boys now!

Ratimortgage
Ratimortgage
11 years ago

What do we have to do to save this dog.

Kim
Kim
11 years ago
Reply to  Ratimortgage

You can go to the Puppy Rescue Mission facebook page and make a donation. Although BamBam’s chip-in has been completely funded there are a couple of more dogs that would love to become US citizens with their soldier. Every dollar counts. Thank you for considering giving to help our soldiers and their pups.

Sharon
Sharon
11 years ago

Does that mean Bam Bam will get to come to the US with our guys?

Tiffany_D
Tiffany_D
11 years ago

Yes, Bam Bam gets to come home. But there are more Pups and Soldiers that need our help. Giving a dollar or two is nothing to most of us, but it can mean the difference between a Soldier having to say good bye to his dog when he comes home, or getting to bring that dog with him. So please, please read some of the stories on The Puppy Rescue Site and consider helping some of these men and women, along with their fur babies get back home.

Casper514
Casper514
11 years ago

With the supposed lessening of our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, there will be more pups needing help in a short period of time. Many soldiers don’t find out about PRM until it’s almost too late so having an excess would enable PRM to help even on short notice. Dogs are “unclean” and so can be treated – mistreated – with no fear of retribution or punishment. Our soldiers know dogs are “mans best friend” and save the dogs from living and dying painfully while the dogs help our soldiers find some peace, happiness, joy and a bit of home while they are in a war zone. PLEASE … consider helping these fine men, women and pups!

Marilyn Lawson
11 years ago

Please someone help Bam Bam he too has served his term to protect all of us. He deserves a really good home where he is safe andloved

Wyntergreen2000
Wyntergreen2000
11 years ago

So thankful Bam Bam gets to go home! what is the link to the puppy rescue mission page?

Barbbfly2009
Barbbfly2009
11 years ago

Yes we could learn a lot from man’s best friend!!! They are as a lot of animals more than we give them credit for . a researcher on cbc radio said dogs have a sense of morals and fairness- wow.

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