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Helping those who have helped us . . .

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Mahla's Story
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Mahla's Story

As Ray was shown around the camp where he had been assigned he was introduced to three of the friendly stray dogs – Mahla and her two brothers. The dogs would gather with the other strays at the camp burns-pit and scavenge for food.   Ray was happy to help them root around for leftover food and he grew particularly fond of Mahla.  The two of them kept each other company during his tour in Afghanistan. When he was moved to a new camp he was heartbroken to have to leave Mahla and her brothers behind, but he did not feel he had a choice.  He didn’t know Nowzad Dogs existed!

When he finally returned to that camp he was saddened to hear that most of the dogs had been removed due to hygiene fears, but his depression was soon forgotten when a familiar looking dog saw Ray walking across the compound. With a 100mph wagging tail she bounded over to him and was that excited she peed! (Her two brothers have not been seen again).

Ray had no intention of leaving her again – and this time he had heard of Nowzad Dogs! Mahla arrived at the Nowzad Rescue Centre on Christmas Day!

She has now left Afghanistan and is living happily in New York State with Ray’s wife. 
Together they’re waiting for a very happy homecoming!

From Ray to Pen:
“Hey, Pen, Just wanted to let you know Mahla made it home about half an hour ago. My wife loves her and she seems to be adjusting well so far. She can smell me there because she keeps sniffing my shoes and clothing. She also had an appetite and didn't have trouble eating and drinking when she got there. Thank you guys soooooooo much for your help! What you guys are doing is really really awesome”.