I was on The Arizona Republic's website reading the editorials and saw a letter about a dog that was rescued out of Baghdad. It referred to an article from last Thursday I hadn't seen. I went digging for that article because stories about dogs finding good forever homes makes me happy. Dogs rescued out of Iraq and finding good forever homes with soldiers... well, that's even cooler.
When I clicked on the link for last Thursday's article, Arizona GI's Iraqi dog adjusts to U.S. life, I recognized the dog. A little older and with a few more pounds on him, but it's Charlie!
Yeah, this Charlie:
It's been more than two years since Charlie made headlines by becoming the first dog to get a one-way ticket out of Iraq under a program by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International. Called Operation Baghdad Pups, the program has rescued 265 animals - 42 cats and 223 dogs. There are 20 service members and women on a waiting list to receive their pets in the United States.If you followed Operation Bring Charlie Home, you knew that Charlie made it to DC and then Ft. Bragg. The old friends were reunited, and it all went better than one can hope. If this were a fairy tale, that's where they would say, "And they lived happily ever after" and you would close the book. But who doesn't think about how the story went on after that?
In this case, it sounds like things are going quite well, and for SGT Watson as well:
Charlie has adapted to his life in America and settled in well with Watson, his fiancee and their daughter.I hope for nothing but the best for Charlie, SGT Watson and his family.
And thank you to the SPCA, Blackfive.net, Operation Baghdad Pups, and Bark Busters who offered free help with Charlie as well as to other rescued Iraqi dogs.
This is the kind of "happily ever after" ending I can get behind.