Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rita~She is a Survivor

Her Story:

Rita was about three or four weeks old when she was found by soldiers on my team. She was in a burlap bag that was being dragged and kicked by a group of kids. As many of the locals where we have been for the last nine months feel that dogs are unclean, we knew that she had a very poor chance of any kind of decent life. Most dogs and other animals here are treated very poorly and many dogs have their ears cropped and are used for fighting here. We purchased Rita from the kids and I adopted her. She had a very difficult time adjusting to the new environment due to how young she was, her previous treatment and the complete change of atmosphere including people and new language. We were lucky enough to have some dog food left at our camp from a military dog handler but she was so young, it took a while before she was eating regularly. Everyone on my team really fell in love with her and most had packages mailed for her with everything from flea collars to organic doggie snacks. I still had to constantly monitor her because we work closely with Afghans that did not like and were afraid of her. Everyday we had to repeatedly tell them that she was now a part of our team and family and they could not throw rocks at her or kick her. With this constant protection and a little training, she has grown into a very loving and loyal dog. She will go on daily runs with me, where over and over, she will run out in front of me and sit to pull security for me until I catch up to her. I have an older female dog that I rescued off of the street back home that never got to have puppies but is very good with other dogs and really needs a companion. It was decided that I would be able to provide the best home for Rita and we came up with as much money collectively as we could afford and made the arrangements to start her long journey to the States. Due to computer issues, attatched is one of the few pictures that I have left of her. It was a very difficult day when I had to put her in the back of a strangers car and she looked at me with fear and disbelief then buried her head in the blanket and would not look up again because she felt that she had done something wrong. To date, she has travelled in this taxi for twelve hours, transferred to a bus the following day, crossed Afghanistan, been held at a car dealership for a day, been picked up by a friends dad, who had her for two days, dropped off at the facility where she was spayed. She survived a severe intestinal infection and is now doing good and waiting to continue her journey to my home.

~On a funny note, I have had a list of volunteer dog-sitters and more than one has asked if they could come by to visit, not me but Rita.

Paw Salute Soldiers for your big heart and more importantly for your service to the USA!

Yes Soldier your wish is our command! Lets Get Rita to the Land of the Free, Because of the Brave!!!

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