Disclaimer: This story has a very sad beginning, but we promise it has a happy ending!
While in Afghanistan eight months ago, US special elite forces came across a horrifying sight – a group of men had shot a dog who had just given birth, and were starting to shoot her barely week old puppies one by one. Appalled, the US forces immediately intervened and rescued the two surviving pups, who they later named Rommel and Blitz. They took the pups to their base camp and raised them as canine comrades.
Rommel and the sergeant who rescued him
On July 21st Rommel and Blitz arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport to be reunited with the man who saved their lives. This heartwarming reunion is all thanks to the group Guardians of Rescue, led by Robert Misseri. “It’s miraculous that these dogs lived,” Misseri said. On July 23rd Rommel and Blitz were transported to North Carolina, where their savior now resides. “This is part of our No Buddy Left Behind Program,” Misseri explained. “Raising that kind of money isn’t easy, but helping our heroes and their four-legged battle buddies is the least we can do. After all, they sacrifice their lives for our freedom on a daily basis.”
Rommel and Blitz arrive at JFK Int’l Airport – 7/21/14
Guardians of Rescue began reuniting rescued Afghan dogs with their American saviors back in 2010. More than 20 pups have been transported to the US and reunited with their US troops. “One of the soldiers whose dog we brought back said it’s the dog that keeps him alive.” Misseri said. “He’s become his therapy dog, the soldier doesn’t leave the house without him. They experienced together the sound of gunfire, the smell of gunpowder… It really is a bond that cannot be broken.”