Great soldiers and great people! It must be so hard to hold on to their humanity in such a violent situation.
The Nowzad Dogs organization continues these courageous people’s work.
Thanks to the Telegrah.co.uk for this article.
Royal Marines rescue dogs from Afghanistan
Last Updated 07/01/2008
Leave no man behind is a rule the military tries to live by, but Royal Marines in Afghanistan appear to have adopted an additional principle: leave no dog behind.
A pair of cross-breeds are starting a new life in Britain after Marines from 42 Commando smuggled them across the war-torn country.
The dogs, which were found begging for food, were taken in by the soldiers in Helmand province and spent months living in a bunker, building up their strength on military rations.
When the men ended their deployment they feared for the animals’ welfare so they arranged for them to be transported by Afghan people to a rescue centre in Kabul.
The dogs were hidden in the back of trucks for three days, escaping the attention of the Taliban and dog thieves, and had to swap vehicles on several occasions to evade discovery.
After being flown 3,500 miles to England and spending six months in quarantine, the pair, Nowzad and Tali, are living at the home of 42 Commando’s Sgt Paul “Penny” Farthing 38, and his wife Lisa, 34.
Sgt Farthing, of Exmouth, Devon, said: “Nowzad and Tali have changed my life beyond all recognition and I know theirs has changed too.”
The dogs were found in October 2006 in the town of Nowzad with three other dogs, which the men named RPG, Jen and AK.
Nowzad’s ears had been cut off and Tali was carrying six puppies but the men, based at Bickleigh Barracks near Plymouth, Devon, took them in.
In February last year, the troops arranged for the dogs to be transported to the shelter in Kabul. Unfortunately, during the arduous journey, RPG and AK escaped and three puppies were stolen.
Two weeks after arriving in Kabul, Nowzad and Tali were flown to England while Jena was sent to a new home in the US.