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Rosie's Story
 
 
 
 
 
Rosie had a tough beginning.  Her rescuer told us that she was found in a dumpster outside their camp in Herat, Afghanistan.  She said the base mechanic saw Rosie’s tail sticking out of the dumpster while she was trying her best to pull food out of the trash.

Once she’d been saved from the dumpster, her rescuer said, “Within three days Rosie was already heeling for food and was well on her way to being potty trained. She immediately laid down and slept when put on her bed and was quickly learning other basic commands like ‘sit’ and ‘stay.’
 
 
 
Due to military regulations, she was not allowed to stay on the camp. The guidance we were offered was to throw her back out to the dumpster, to feed on trash and likely be killed by one of our guards. I could not accept this as a reasonable action; no one will ever be able to tell me an animal's proper place is in a dumpster.”
 

 
Fortunately Rosie’s rescuer got in contact with Nowzad and plans were soon made to get Rosie to the Nowzad shelter and from there to a new life in the United States.  Her rescuer said, “Rose's forever home in Virginia means she'll be able to enjoy hikes in the mountains, as well as get in some serious beach time. Far too many dogs and cats are senselessly killed here in Afghanistan for sport and even if I can only save one dog, then I am proud of the chance I have had to work with Nowzad.”

Thanks to Nowzad’s help and the donations of many, Rosie was soon on her way to Virginia.
 
Here she is on her first day in her new world:
 

 
And sleeping an exhausted sleep on her first night:
 

 
Soon she was busy exploring and experiencing everything new – including a wonderful nearby pond.
 
 

A trip to the vet – where she didn’t even notice she was getting a shot – she loved the vet so much.
 
 

A visit to the groomer where a headband kept her calm …
 
 

And the chance to relax while watching television…
 
 

Her rescuer has given us this update:

“Potty training is going well and Rosie learns faster than any dog I ever trained. Everyone from the vet to people at the pet store think she is the cutest mongrel they have ever seen. At 5 months she is already 38 pounds and the vet says her coat is beautiful. Despite all the claims that Afghan dogs are dog aggressive and untrainable, I am discovering the complete opposite. Socially integrating Rosie with other dogs has been integral to her rehabilitation.”
 
 

Here she joins her owner for a ride in the jeep – which she loves, as you can see.
 
 
 
She’s learned that the pond is a wonderful place to hang out …
 
 

And her days always end with a good night’s sleep on the bed.
 
 
 
All in all, Rosie’s life has come a long way from those sad days foraging in a dumpster for scraps and trying to find a way to survive.

Her rescuer is proud to have worked with Nowzad to bring this sweet puppy to Virginia and we are proud to have had our donors’ help to make this rescue possible.