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Army Sergeant Reunited With Pup From Afghanistan

Nick and Bodhi at their happy reunion in a Florida Airport.

Something the United States Armed Forces never considered were U.S. soldiers bonding fiercely with dogs they happened upon while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Often reviled in Middle Eastern tribal cultures, dogs in these parts have found love and life with American troops far from home. Separated from their family members, a growing number of troops are refusing to leave the region without their new four-legged friends.

Thus was born the Puppy Rescue Mission, a dedicated group raising funds for soldiers to stay with, and be reunited with the pups they fell in love with while on duty.

Bodhi, a mere pup with no ears and half a tale is one such pup. Nick B, according to, saw the pup, a victim of dog fighting and did what he could. Armed with skills learned in a convenience store, Nick traded his cigarettes for Bodhi, luring him with beef jerky and learned quickly; this was only half the battle.

He enlisted the aid of the Puppy Rescue Mission, who guided and negotiated Nick and Bodhis’ way through Taliban controlled territories that culminated in a happy Florida reunification last week.

– Amy Lidster

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Becky Rankin
Becky Rankin
10 years ago

I love these stories! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

Sandy Boyer1119
Sandy Boyer1119
10 years ago

This willl make me feel good all day!!

10 years ago

A double hero 

10 years ago

I shared with everyone on my Facebook network. This story is beyond heartwarming.
10 years ago

Wow this is an amazing story. I love that they are reuniting these lost dogs with the soldiers. My son is going to basic training in November. He loves his dog and is not looking forward to leaving her behind. He said she is the only girl that loves me for all of me. Dogs can be there for us emotionally when people can’t. Dogs are very talented in comforting the human soul.


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