Earlier this year, we brought you the heartwarming story of an adopted Iraqi dog who escaped certain death and was reunited with her soldier savior in the States. The happy ending was made possible thanks to the incredible rescue organization Operation Baghdad Pups — which provides medical attention, clearance and transport for the animals U.S. soldiers have come to love during deployment in the Middle East.
MSNBC recently ran an article on another adopted Iraqi pup — but unfortunately the man who adopted her, 60-year-old Maj. Steven Hutchison, was killed in combat on May 10th. Thanks to his actions however, Operation Baghdad Pups is making sure that Laia gets a home with friends of the Major back in the states. From the article,
Hutchison’s unit found Laia at just 1 month old in Basra. The local vet said he would have to euthanize the dog unless they adopted her as a mascot. As policy, soldiers are not supposed to adopt strays, and Hutchison defied orders to get rid of the dog, even moving her from base to base, his friend, Sgt. Andrew Hunt, told the SPCA. “He ignored this request several times up until it began to move toward punishment,” Sgt. Hunt said. “See, you couldn’t ever tell the Major he couldn’t do something, he [was] a stubborn old goat set in his ways. It was an endearing quality we loved about him.”
“Whenever Laia was around, his demeanor and personality changed 1000 percent,” Hunt told the SPCA. “He was never without a smile, he was so much happier in life, it was amazing.”
I know this isn’t a story about a celebrity or anything green — but it’s wonderful sometimes to pause and admire the actions of others; even simple things like saving the life of a dog. Truly, these people are the real role models for the rest of us.