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February 09, 2009

And They Call It Puppy Love

0_61_020809_dogpile1.jpg Via a certain Colorado feline:

While on patrol, Staff Sgt. Daniel Barker [Ed. note: what are the odds?] and his fellow soldier, Adam Krause, found two puppies, malnourished and scared.

The soldiers took the dogs back to their base and named them Jack and Emma. The men played with, cared for and bonded with the puppies during the rough months of their deployment, relatives said.

"Jack has been Dan's rock over there. When he is out on missions and sees awful things, he comes back to his dog, Jack, and is able to have comfort," Dan Barker's mother-in-law, Janice Rosengren, said.

"The things these men have to see and deal with truly force them to build a wall around their emotions. Jack has been so therapeutic to my husband and helped him through some of the toughest times," Dan Barker's wife, Lisa, said.

The soldiers decided they didn't want to leave their new furry friends behind when their deployment ended in mid January. However, bringing a dog from Afghanistan to the United States would be an expensive and cumbersome process.

Enter a charity called Dogpile.com. And the rest, as they say, is history.

If you find this story heartwarming, you may wish to throw them a bone.
So to speak.

Posted by Cassandra at February 9, 2009 05:34 AM

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