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Brian
 
 
 
 
Brian was, as his soldier told us, the “camp dog.”  He was born in a litter of pups just outside the main gate of the camp.

 

 


Because of this, his soldier said, “He has lived at camp his entire life, and only knows the guys as family.”
 
 
He was worried about Brian because, “The camp should be around for a bit longer, but it is no place for a dog. Brian should be in a loving home, with someone he knows. When the camp does close down, we don't want to leave Brian behind. He would be lost without his family, and would surely not be treated well by the locals.
 
 

He has never been a ‘stray’ since he has grown up in the camp after being born right outside the gate, so he would have no idea how to scrounge and get food like some of the many strays in Afghanistan and could even be in danger from other strays.”
 
 

Leaving Afghanistan soon, I am eager to get Brian to back to the US where he can live with my family, and also visit with the rest of the guys he was raised around.”
 
 

Thanks to Nowzad and many wonderful donors, Brian was not left behind.
 
He made it to the Nowzad shelter in Kabul and his fundraising efforts got a boost from an amazing group of high school students at Camden Catholic High School in Camden, New Jersey. They launched a fund-raising drive for Brian, and when he was funded before their efforts were competed, they donated the money for his rescue to the rescue of two other dogs:  Kalani and Diego.  In this way Brian became a full-fledged fund-raiser for other dogs.
 

When he arrived in Virginia, now his “home” state, we got a nice update from his soldier’s wife.

She tells us, “As you'll see, Brian has settled into his new American lifestyle quite quickly! He's such a good dog, it's surprising. He is housebroken, despite living on the compound and being able to roam freely.
 
 

When he first arrived, he went crazy over cars that drove down our street. I guess he had just never seen so many. He still doesn't know what a doorbell means and doesn't bark when people come into the house.
 
 
 
He likes to chew and has been known to grab the kids' toys; it's a good tool to get them to clean up!
 
 
 
Most recently, at my parents' house, he went into the bathroom and pulled toilet paper from the roll and strung it all over the house without breaking it!  He's quite a jokester, apparently.
 
 
He loves to cuddle and give kisses, and he is amazingly gentle with the kids. As one of my colleagues noted, Brian has brought a joy into our lives that's been missing since we lost our old dog over a year ago. I believe that dogs pick their people, and Brian definitely picked my husband. He made a long and unexpected stint overseas much easier.
 
 

We used to FaceTime just to watch Brian and hear funny stories about his antics. We couldn't be happier.  We've been so fortunate to have incredible angels help us get him back to his forever home.
Thank you!!!”