with help from friends and strangers:
"As Marines entered an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, they expected the worst when they heard a suspicious noise deep inside the house. With their weapons ready, they worked their way through the house prepared to open fire.
What they found, was not a dangerous insurgent, but a tiny, mangy, flea-ridden puppy, abandoned as most of the population fled the city. Although military law forbids keeping pets, the hardened Marines de-fleaed him with kerosene, wormed him with chewing tobacco, and filled him up on Meals Ready to Eat.
Lava soon became a true marine who taught his band of brothers some unexpected lessons about life, death, and war, as told in a new book called From Baghdad with Love.
Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman fell in love with Lava and tried to take him home after his tour of duty was over, but military regulations prohibited him from doing it. Then, according to a story from WISH-TV, Ken Licklider, owner of Vohne Liche Kennels in Indianapolis, heard about his plight. He trains dogs for the military and had the connections to ship dogs in and out of Muslim countries.
He understood that ?It wasn't just a dog, it was another mate, a soldier that went through the experiences."
here's a pix of lava in the usa:
Marine reunited with dog he rescued in Iraq
'no one gets left behind'
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Although was in Iraq for less than a day, he maintained a busy schedule while there. Events included handshakes with top U.S. field commanders, a tour of the base's new recreation facility, and a ride in an armored vehicle. Besides sitting and staying at a military briefing, Barney also participated in the ground-breaking for a new visitors reception center at Camp Victory, during which he energetically dug alongside camp officials.
But the visit's highlight was the First Dog's encounter with soldiers, who were clearly taken with his presence. Sitting with his head cocked to one side, he listened intently to the soldiers' concerns before receiving a treat and a pat on the head. Barney showed further solidarity with the troops by accepting an impromptu invitation to a belated Thanksgiving feast, during which he impressed servicemen and women with his hearty, nondiscriminating appetite.
I think that our troops would actually have enjoyed a visit from the First Dog. Most of them probably have pets at home that they miss.
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