July 30th, 2010
08:08 AM ET
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Cessie Chiasson

    Puppy Rescue Mission on facebook continues to fundraise for soldiers and their stray base dogs in wartorn countries. A Maine Army National Guard Unit returns from a year deployment in Afghanistan greeted by the stray dogs they befriended !! See Puppy Rescue Mission for the entire story. A Safe and Happy New Years to all our Military men and women who give so much!

    December 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leo

    What is this stupid video done in the "zeitgeist" style? Obviously I also think Taliban's are disgusting, but this video does nothing to prove it. It contains, for example, scenes from the feature movie "Stoning of Soraya M" about stoning of woman in Iran, and Iran is actually on anti-Taliban side.

    November 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the lorax

    So after surviving Afghaniatan, Target is 'accidentally' euthanized in a shelter in Arizona...condolonces to Sgt Young and family..RIP Target

    November 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Francl

    Dogs Need a Home
    A pair of 6 year old spayed and neutered labs whose owner has passed away needs a home. Gentle couch potatoes who need to be together! Previous owner wants them to have access to house, and they have been house dogs. If they are not adopted out together by the time the house sells, the dogs will be euthanized, per the will instructions. HELP!
    Please contact Elaine at (760) 390-4059

    This is Tami-black lab and Cody chocolate Lab, My neighbors died and these poor pups are left behind. I need to find a home for them before the house sells, they are indoor love buddys and are pretty much couch critters. They are used to being around elderly folks are very gentle and very house broke. they need to go to a home where they can be indoors, per the death notice. if we can't find a suitable home they because of the death notice the dogs must be put to sleep. I am running out of time, I love these guys. I bathe and clip their nails they are so easy to do. PLEASE help me find them a home!!!

    From same litter must go together. They never get out of yard & house; they play together but usually lay around house and love to be together. The old people's stated in their will that they go together and to home where can be inside dogs or they should be put to sleep. They were loving old folks and were so afraid there beloved labs would get abused, I think they would be fine with kids and other dogs but they have no leash training really. Laid back labs like I said I cut their nails, they love it!

    November 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelli

      Articles like these put the consumer in the driver seat—very iopmtrant.

      July 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Real USMC Forever

    X-Ray the mutt to make sure its really not a Pakistani in true form!!!!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Elaine Connelly

    This article is wonderful, however some of the comments lead me to beleive that some of the people who commented truly need to be shipped and air dropped into the midst of the taliban country and see what happens to them. I do not care for muslims, especially when I hear about what these so-called men do to their wives and their children. Any people that hate dogs and call them the spawn of Satan do not deserve to live.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Susan

    Give to SPCA International and be a part of this.

    August 6, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. AC

    This soldier not only showed his good side, but also he showed that he was gratefull and that was great!
    My hat goes to you-Young Men!

    August 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AC

    That's the best news I've heard all day long!
    That's really great!

    August 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brant

    This is a kind and noble gesture ! As a dog lover, it breaks my heart how some nations, including arab ones, treat their dogs ! There is no respect for them and they are cruel.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      If they can't respect Animals!!! How do you expect them to have any respect towards Human life???

      August 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. M.Taylor

    Operation Baghdad Pups, a branch of the "SPCA International", works to bring home bonded animals at the request of U.S. servicepersons stationed in war zones. Sometimes it's the bond with these animals that keeps our kids sane while stationed far from home and family. Bringing their beloved animal to safety with them helps a lot with the transition back to a "normal" life.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You have a good point there!!! Thank You...

      August 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      This is what medic SGT Terry Young wrote about Target back in Feb 2010 shortly after the suicide bomber entered their base in Afghanistan.
      "Target is a tan, almost golden, Labrador-looking female who was first on the scene. Target was a sweetheart from day one; she would come up to us, as we walked around the compound, with her tail wagging, tucked between her legs and her ears laid down. Target was a sweetheart and would instantly warm you up with her bashful ways" Sgt Young and Target will be reunited Wed in Arizona. For the complete story see http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421?ref=ts

      August 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. carina Lobel-West

    too cool !!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. cprincess

    Im an animal lover and dog owner and I believe that Ghandi was right when he said you can tell a lot about a country by the way its animals are treated...
    I am not condoning going into any country but when one hears about the Taliban hanging 7 year old boys who they deem are informants and refuse to fund a childrens home because it was full of girls and 18 year old women having their noses and ears sliced off then I think that just about sums up Ghandi's philosophy.....
    A high percentage of Afghanistans children die before they are 5 years old from malnutrtion which is horrifying and what have these war lords and the Taliban done about this before the Westerns troops were there?
    Nothing-except destroy,killl,maim and torture their own people! I feel so horrendously sorry for the normal Afghan people who are caught in this endless cycle of violence......
    Yeah-it warmed my heart to see the 2 dogs reunited with the solider -having spent 10 years living in the Middle East- I know-its a rough place to be a dog....

    August 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      What else can you expect from a People that wants to take over the World??? They were Stupid enough to Attack the United States!!!

      August 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Selfish Gene

        Actually, the attackers were Saudi. The country where GHWB vacations.

        August 5, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    This world would be a lot better if the People would treat all the other People of the World the same way they treat Their pets!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. morningcoffification

    Im so glad he was reunited with the two dogs!

    August 2, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  16. Kegolgi

    You haven't seen 'animal abuse' unless you've been to the markets in Korea. I know of some Korean restaurants that would love to 'adopt' some of these dogs.....!

    August 2, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. pierce


    Nice to know that even in war we can save puppies.
    Too bad we keep on killing Aghans in the name of that foreign concept, Democracy, we want to push down their throats.

    August 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Cecilia Chiasson

    Please see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421 for the complete story of Rufus and Target.

    July 31, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. hdog

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rufffff ruffff

    July 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. er....

    nice doggy

    July 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Musacula

    I love my family and my dogs!

    July 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      See what you can do to help rescue these dogs from war torn Afghanistan bhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421

      July 31, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. dianna

    Hi Dan, SPCA International is big on this. Ck out their website..:)

    July 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      Puppy Rescue Mission on facebook and Nowzad Shelter in Kabul was instrumental in these dogs rescue

      July 31, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Cecilia Chiasson


        July 31, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dan

    Police dogs are allowed to retire to their partners home when they can no longer do their job. A similar process has evolved in the military where dogs are trained to leap in take a bullet when a soldier is attacked. It was not always this way. When dogs were introduced as potential partners in police work it took awhile before officers who spoke of unbelievable actions their animal partners exhibited became recognized as worthy of note. It seems these dogs are not provided a safe retirement when our soldiers return. Its the same story, those who have worked with them try to inform officers about their experience. No one listens other then other soldiers who know a hero when they see one....the difference is, today we do have accepted process' where the animal who is a military or police dog can retire to live out his/her life with a fellow hero (and a family who never forgets who brought the soldier home safely). The entire matter is one of those type that slips through the cracks....when the soldier was told it would be impossible to bring the dogs back to the states, it merely pointed out a need to create similar process' to those long established for retiring police dogs. Impossible usually means it has not been done yet.

    Is there a website where soldiers and others are doing more then delivering on a wish? A great wish to be sure but, I would like to participate in helping the military create prosess' where this type of situation can be as accepted as retiring a police dog to be where and with the hero he belongs.....

    July 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      Dan, Puppy Rescue Mission was the impetus in rescueing these as well as 5 other dogs from this base. Anna Cannan is the Fiance to one of the current soldiers at this base and spearheaded the dogs rescue along with Nowzad animal shelter in Kabul.See facebook Pupper Rescue Mission. She is in the process of rescueing more dogs and could certainly use some help.. Unfortunately, the media didn't get the entire story. Thanks for your comment It's truly amazing what one can do.

      July 31, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Trained to leap in and take a bullet? Sorry, I'm calling BS on that one.

      August 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...


    July 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Moi aussi!

      July 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        visage merde.

        July 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421 for the entire story and what you can do to help our service men and women!

      July 31, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  25. Abigail

    While soldiers and civilians go through hell in war, animals suffer immensely as well. Death, abuse, terror and fear. I am glad to see people taking up the cause to remove the dogs from the war so they can lead a happy life. That being said, even dogs can suffer from the traumas of war, so I hope their behavior is watched carefully.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • gan

      In a place where human life itself is of little value, these poor animals stand no chance........

      July 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      See Puppy Rescue Mission on Facebook for the complete story of these as well as 5 other rescued dogs from this base who are now living Stateside with the serviceman families. Anna Cannan who spearheaded these rescues is in the process of rescueing 5 other dogs and can use your help! Thanks for your comment and concerns. IMy son is currently serving in Afghanista'm the mother to one of these soldiers.

      July 31, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Jackie Schinkel

        Hello, Cecillia. I'm Sgt. Terry Young's mom and we are delighted that Target has been lovingly cared for by Chris and the other soldiers. When we met Terry in Savannah in March, it sounded so bleak for the dogs. God bless Chris and the others! A special thanks to Anna for keeping the hope alive by all she accomplished. As Target's 'grandma', we'll give her lots of love. These dogs in Afghanistan are four-legged guardian angels! Thanks everyone.

        July 31, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Amrita

        thank you for posting this information. We must all live our compassion together if we are to turn the tides of violence and cruelty.

        August 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kat Shaddix

        How can I donate to help bring other dogs out of the war zone?

        August 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • meerkat21

        This dog is so valued because she saved ' American Lives'- I am sure there are other dogs out there saving ' Afghan lives' from the war and chaos created by the allies. How about adopting some Afghan children orphaned by ' friendly fire' . mistakes and drone attacks?

        If the US bothered to ask the russians- who have been fighting the afghan for over 20 years- they would known that this so called was against a nation of tribe- is not winnable!

        Don't get me wrong- I am a dog lover and I have adopted many injured strays.

        November 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421 for the entire story and what you can do to help!

      July 31, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired LE

      Nice to see a good story in all this mayhem.

      August 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.Taylor

      None of us who have not been there can imagine what it's like, but I'm sure that the bond beteween these troops stationed far from home in a strange land and their animal friend can be very strong. Many times it's what keeps these guys sane. Operation Baghdad Pups, a division of the ASPCA International, also works to bring the animals to the U.S. at the request of a service member. It not only helps the animal but means so much to these people who've given so much.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Tony_Homeless_VA.pdf (653KB)

      August 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia Chiasson

      This is what medic SGT Terry Young wrote back in Feb 20110 :":Our heroes' names do not begin with Iron, Super or Incredible. These heroes have the names of Sasha, Target and Rufus. Our heroes were born and have survived in a land time has forgotten about ... Afghanistan," Sgt Terry Young will be reunited with Target on Wednesday in Arizona. What a great story!

      August 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |