“This was not the place I thought I’d find my first dog,” said Craig Grossi, a U.S. Marine that was deployed in Afghanistan back in 2010. His troop was in the middle of the war when he met Fred, the stray dog he fell in love with.
While the coalition troops were defending the small area they have secured, Craig saw Fred, bebopping around the battlefield. The stray pup seemed immune to the circumstances of his living condition. But Craig knew it wasn’t the best place for him.
The marine officer approached the stray dog. He offered him a piece of beef jerky that he had in his pocket. When he saw how bad Fred’s condition was, he almost turned about. But then, the filthy little dog did something that is still impacting Craig’s life. Fred wagged his tail.
Craig and Fred spent a few minutes together, and it’s all that it takes for them to share a special bond. The pup followed the marines to their camp, and everywhere they go. Quickly, everyone realized how important Fred is. They couldn’t quite comprehend what the reason was, but he brought so much joy to their lives.
“He had given us so much by just being himself,” said Craig. “We owe it to him to try and get him back to the states and give him the life that he deserves.”
Craig managed to sneak Fred into a helicopter that flew him out of the battlefield. So many people stepped up and helped him to get Fred to the U.S. Finally, the little pup was already on his way to Virginia, where Craig’s family was waiting.
Fred quickly adjusted to his new environment. He immediately felt at home to be with Craig’s family and friends. He loves eating cheese and sleeping on a real bed.
A few months later, Craig came back home. It took him a while to reconnect with his old life. But with Fred around, he was reminded of the things he loves, and he found a reason to go on.
“I am so thankful I could save Fred, and he saved me right back. He’s given me a new purpose in life.”
Credits to Craig Grossi