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Lunch's Story
 
 
 

Lunch’s soldier first came across him in November 2012 when he started patrolling in Afghanistan with his team.

As he told us, “he was one of many dogs in this one specific area where we always consolidated before starting daily operations. Most of the dogs began to disperse over a month’s time because the weather became very cold and our tactical vehicles seemed to make them uncomfortable. But as the weeks progressed, we noticed that this one dog continued to stay in our area and was not bothered at all by our vehicles. “
 
 
 
 

He became somewhat of a watch dog while we were on ground by constantly positioning himself around our parked vehicles while we dismounted to conduct our missions.
 
 
With two dogs of my own back in the States, I consider myself a dog lover at heart so this guy began to grow on me quickly.
 
 
 

As the months continued there were many less than desirable days consisting of frigid temperatures with snow-covered and rain soaked grounds. No matter what the weather conditions were, Lunch was always sitting patiently waiting for us to arrive each day.
 
 
On several occasions I could tell just how uncomfortable he was, but it was more important to him to be around all of us.
 

He showed me his overwhelming level of loyalty so I’ve reciprocated by facilitating this rescue and adopting him as my own to take care of him from this point forward. He deserves to live the rest of his life in the comfort of a nice home under the care of people worthy of his company.
 

Louise will be taking care of him at the wonderful Nowzad shelter until it is time for me to return home…. I’m forever grateful for any contribution you can provide.”

Pen was able to be there to collect Lunch from his soldier and help transport him to the Nowzad shelter.
 
 
 

When he arrived, Louise wrote,
“Lunch arrived at the Nowzad shelter last week. He has been micro chipped and received the first of his shots and also got neutered. Lunch has lived an incredibly hard life on the streets of Afghanistan and is covered in scars from defending himself from other dogs but he has shown incredible loyalty to his soldier. … Despite living on the streets all of his life Lunch is very loving and always has a wagging tail to greet us. “
 

Right away Nowzad and the SAC Fund told our donors about Lunch and as always, you responded.  In addition to our efforts to get the word out, Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey,  wrote an article about Lunch and a great outpouring of donations came through them.  This organization does so much for our soldiers – Lunch’s rescue was another example of their successful efforts on behalf of our military.

Lunch arrived to Austin, Texas on July 5th, 2013 and reunited with his soldier one day later on July 6th.
 
   
We are told he enjoys relaxing in the cool AC along with two other dogs that have been members of the family for years.  According to his soldier, they are already great buddies.
 

Lunch enjoys his three walks per day up and down the sidewalks of his new large neighborhood.  And trips in the car!
 

He no longer has to wonder if and when he will see food again.
 
 
And he no longer has to lie on mud, snow and rocks but rather on lush green grass, blankets, and cool tile.
 
 
He’s even learned about baths and how great it can feel to be clean.
 

He thanks his soldier for rescuing him every day by giving him lots of love and following him everywhere.  Their loyalty for each other keeps growing by the day.
 
His soldier tells us, “Thanks so much to all that contributed to this effort.  This beautiful relationship wouldn't have been possible without the amazing contributions that were generated by SAC Fund and Nowzad.  What a dynamic duo.  Keep doing what you're doing.”