Of course, we tend to think of that aid as going to people. But in the case of one specialist who served in Syria, he ended up helping someone who went around on four paws rather than two feet.
According to Northwest Florida Daily News, U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Mosley of the 7th Special Forces Group arrived in Syria in 2018. Separated from his wife and far away from home, he faced more than a little loneliness.
So it’s no wonder that he made an unexpected connection. See, an explosive ordnance disposal technician had been making his rounds, searching for deadly improvised explosive devices.
But he found something else entirely. While outside the base, he discovered a pair of puppies.
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One had died. The other, though, was very much alive and needed care.
So the technician brought the puppy back to base. In no time flat, the dog had made a connection with Mosley.
“She was so short, fat and plumpy,” he said. “She was just really loving.”
“She didn’t know me, and she just came up to me and was licking me. I fell in love with her.”
Mosley dedicated as much time as possible to caring for the little dog.
Though his captain would look after her during the day, he took the night shift, and that time cemented his bond with the pooch, who he named Daisy.
ABC News reported that he nourished her on Army staples such as Vienna sausages and Spam. He turned a turkey cage into her home and visited her as much as possible, growing their mutual affection.
Daisy would cry whenever he left, and leaving was the last thing that Mosley wanted to do. Yet he soon faced a more permanent challenge: returning to the United States.
“I just wanted to bring her home,” he explained. “She was in a bad place.”
“I just wanted her to be here so I could give her the love, the life that she wouldn’t have had there.” So when he arrived back in the states, he contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International to see if the organization could help him with an adoption.
They could. Soon enough, Daisy found herself on a plane that bounced from Syria to Iraq and then to Germany, New York, and finally the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport where Mosley waited.
After taking Daisy from her cage, Mosley cuddled her and said, “I missed you.” Then he added, “She’s gonna get all the love in the world.”
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