Rufus was no ordinary street puppies in Afghanistan. He and his buddies, Sasha and Target, had taking a liking to the American soldiers and were not going to let anything happen to them. When a suicide bomber was approaching a base where 50 soldiers were sleeping--they made racket. Some soldiers didn't understand what the pups were saying so they tried to quiet them down. But Rufus, Sasha, and Target did not give up. They ended up spooking the bomber who set off his bomb before he was able to enter the building and do more damage. Rufus and Target did suffer injuries, and Sasha didn't make it. But that is not the end of this amazing story.
Sgt. Chris Duke was wounded in the blast, but had no doubt that he would have died if not for the lookout puppies. When Duke returned to the base after being treated, he and Rufus became buddies, and Rufus even helped him when he was feeling homesick from his pregnant wife. When he was headed home to the States in March, it broke his heart to have to leave his little four legged hero and buddy behind. With the help of the nonprofit organization Robert's Cause and some savvy social networking, arrangements were made to bring Rufus to the States to live with Sgt. Duke and his family. Rufus flew through Manhattan and caught a connecting flight to his new home in Georgia. Target was on the same flight, but is headed to her new home in Phoenix to live with the Army medic who she connected with during the same blast.
NY Post ran this story along with another picture of Rufus all grown up.
- ▼ July (8)