A group of Vermont National Guard Soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan were appalled when they discovered a tiny little puppy abandoned, wrapped in Concertina wire.
The soldiers made the instant decision to take the pup back with them to their base. As she clearly had not eaten for days, they took care of her and nursed her back to health. Along the way they also fell in love with her.
“Connie” became her new name and her new place was with the soldiers.
They came to look forward to the warm welcome she would give them when they returned from patrol. This comfort meant so much – warmth and love, often hard to find in the depths of Afghanistan.
As Sarah Bleau, sister of one of the soldiers said, “She was there to love them and they were there to love her and that’s something you normally wouldn’t see over there”
Then efforts began to raise the funds to bring Connie out of the war zone and to her soldier’s family in Vermont. With the funds raised, Nowzad was able to orchestrate the travel arrangements for Connie to come to the United States.
As of July 11, 2010, Connie is now with her soldier’s family on a farm in Vermont.