Doggone it….they’ve done it again….
Just as I thought I had gotten over the lumpy throat and the tears associated with this story, I had to hear about it again.
Ratchet was the puppy that caused a bit of a stir.
It all started last May when a soldier in Iraq rescued the puppy from a burning pile of trash. Actually, this is not uncommon. Many soldiers have adopted pets while in Iraq.
This particular soldier, Sgt. Gwen Beberg, a decorated soldier, has been held by the military more than 15 months past her original commitment due to the stop–loss policy.
The soldier was discharged a couple of monthes ago but, was told that her dog could not go home with her to Minnesota . Defense Department rules prohibit soldiers in the U.S. Central Command, which includes Iraq, from adopting pets, but exceptions have been made.
Then came Operation Baghdad Pups.
Operation Baghdad Pups, which is run by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International sent a delegate to the Middle East to try to get the puppy to the U.S.
Thousands of US! signed a petition, joined the Facebook effort and wrote to our politicians about getting this dog home. It worked!
Ratchet as a puppy
MESSAGE FROM: 10:40 pm PDT, Oct 8, Gwen Beberg, Minnesota
“ THANK YOU TO EVERYONE SUPPORTING MY DOG!! I can’t get this done without the hundreds of people supporting me, nay, THOUSANDS! I am moved to tears. Thank you, over an over, for taking our story to heart and contributing to Ratchet’s wagging tail being the first thing to greet me when I go home!“
Dressed in a red, blue and white stars and stripes scarf, Ratchet the dog wagged his tail excitedly, leapt out of his crate and onto US soil for the first time after leaving his Iraqi home for a new life in America. It was a long, two-day journey for the black puppy who travelled on three planes via Kuwait and Amsterdam to Washington after being adopted by a US soldier serving in Iraq.
The plight of the puppy touched the hearts of animal lovers around the world after an online petition to allow the dog to relocate to America with Ms Beberg was signed by 50,000 people.