Saturday, October 29, 2005

A Soldier's Dog Story

There are a lot of heart-wrenching stories coming out of Iraq, and this is just one of many. But to those of us who have pets, or ever had a pet, there's a particular poignancy to this story about a fallen soldier and a little dog.


At 12:52 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

As a Christian (... a poor one at times), I firmly believe that one of God's greatest blessings are animals and those that allow us to enjoy them as friends!

My friend is Dottie ... and she was rescued from a Wisconsin farmer's sad attempt to drown her and her brother's in a tied-off burlap bag!

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I am so glad that Boskovitch last wish came true and that Beans was able to make it to Ohio from Iraq. What a heartwarming story of world-wide support that made it come true.

It was especially touching that Beans was taken to Boskovitch's grave as soon as he arrived.

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

What a bittersweet story. I'm so glad they went to the trouble of finding Beans--some comfort for the grieving family I'm sure.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...


A commenter left me this link at my recent "Dogs of War" story:

Sometimes animals make our lives bearable. I don't think I'd have gotten through those horrible days after 9/11 without my kitten, which I got on 9/15/01. In fact, despite the fact that none in the litter were the most attractive felines on the planet, all were adopted--we just couldn't stand the thought of any more death right after 9/11. Most of us ended up with four cats because we took in members of that litter.

May God bless Beans and his family.

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Rory, I was already fighting a cold today and now you've made me cry. You know how that messes up the nose even more. :) Beautiful story. I'm glad Beans is in Ohio now.

Sarge, Dottie is one lucky gal to have you!

AOW, I'm with you on animals make our lives bearable. They give so much love.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Dottie is definitely lucky to have been saved from such a cruel fate. And, to me, you sound like a very good Christian.

I've seen some similar stories about animals being brought here from Iraq to be reunited with soldiers. Unfortunately, this one didn't have the ending we would have hoped for, but maybe knowing that so many people reached out to them will help the family deal with their grief.

I agree with you. It's probably the quintessential bittersweet story.

You're so right. It's amazing how comforting animals can be. I have one cat that immediately seems to know when you're sad or not feeling well. We've wondered if it might be because she's the only one of my cats that ever had a litter of kittens...kind of a maternal instinct perhaps?

I'm so sorry. I know just what you mean...and I hate to cry for exactly that reason.

At 4:16 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I hope that you feel better.

A friend of mine once said, "I'd blow my brains out, if not for leaving three innocent animals in a f---ed up world."

Animals help us to maintain our sanity!

BTW, our old girl, who is now well past her 17th birthday, is still with us. "The cat on the mat" was never a truer statement. Here she is, on her mat in the living room, in her vantage point which enables her to see us and the food dish at the same time.

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

A sad story with a bit of warm sunray at the end.
"Animals help us to maintain our sanity!"
The sure do.

At 4:53 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Oh jeez, Rory—now you've got me all verklempt. Dang, that sucks. I'm happy that the dog will have a home, but what a sad, sad story.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Rory said...

I had a cat for 16 years and she never slowed down. I have to admit she was very ornery, though, and I think that may have had something to do with it. But it's great that you still have your cat with you after so many years.

I agree. It was one of those really sad stories that was mitigated just a bit by the final outcome.

I thought about including a disclaimer for those of us who are really sensitive about things like this. I don't know if you checked out the family's website but, after the reading the original story, that set me off all over again.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger birdwoman said...

Did anyone ever read the anne of green gables series? The last one, Rilla of Ingleside, has the boys going to serve in WWI. There is a really touching substory about the Dog - Dog Friday - and his reaction when his master came home from war, and when one of the other masters didn't come home from the war...

anyway, this story reminded me of that.


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