A U.S. Staff Sergeant found a Afghan herding dog tied-up, covered in mud, with ears and tail hacked off. Sgt. Nick B., disturbed about the abuse the dog was subjected to, exchanged him for a pack of cigarettes and brought him to the United States.
Fox10tv.com reports Bodhi arrived in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday. Nick and Bodhi met in Pensacola for the first time in several weeks. Nick said: "I've missed him so much and just seeing his face and seeing how happy he was to see me was just a great feeling."
NY Daily News reports that Nick fed the dog beef jerkey after he rescued him and gradually won his confidence. According to Fox10tv.com, Nick said: "I went to give him another piece [of beef jerkey] and he licked my hand and then ate it. It was a friendship building process for a little while. Once he realized I was a good guy and I was going to save him, he wouldn't leave my side."
Nick then worked out an arrangement with the Puppy Rescue Mission for the the dog to be transported through Taliban-controlled territory and out of Afghanistan to the the United States. Nick and the dog Bodhi were reunited in the United States.
According to Fox10tv.com, Nick said: "They were going to use him to fight other dogs as entertainment. You could just tell he hadn't been fed properly. He was really skinny and malnourished. When I saw that, it just broke my heart. I knew I had to get this dog out of here."
According to Nick, Bodhi's ears were severely damaged. The dog had to undergo surgery to repair the damage. Nick said the owner did not want to give him the dog so he bought him with a pack of cigarettes.
Nick was worried about the success of the arrangement to transport Bodhi through Taliban-occupied areas in a car. Fox10tv.com reports he said: "Sometimes these guys don't make it because of dehydration or heat stroke so I was very adamant that they take him in a car. Another problem with that is the Taliban have strongholds along the way. There are so many possibilities of things going wrong, it really is a miracle."
NY Daily News reports Bodhi will be living with Nick's family in Florida. Fox10tv.com reports Nick said: "It's so much better knowing I saved this dog from a life of eating scraps of trash and not knowing if he's going to be shot. I know his life will be so much better now." He added: " He'll have a lot of land to run around on, a pool to play in, a loving family, and he'll be fed properly and bathed. It's an amazing feeling."
According to a spokeswoman for the Puppy Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization helping soldiers to save puppies from war zones, soldiers have called for the help of the organization in bringing home rescued dogs from war zones. She said the group has rescued 300 dogs since the mission began in April of 2010, and gets around three to five requests every week.
According to Fox10tv.com, Nick B. has served in the Army for 13 years.