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Shadow's Story (aka Gunner)
 
 
 
 
Shadow’s soldier told us, “One day, my interpreter, Safi, brought me a tiny little black puppy in a cardboard box that he'd found.  The puppy had drool falling from his mouth because it was so cold.
 
This puppy was awesome. He climbed out of the box, wagged his little tail, and happily walked around our camp. I set up a cozy little bed in one of our abandoned guard towers, put him in there, covered him up with blankets, and brought him his first meal of scrambled eggs and sausage. He was quiet as first, but that changed very quickly.
 
 
As Pen Farthing said later, ‘he definitely has a set of lungs.’ He cried and moaned anytime someone wasn't in the tower with him or close by him. I knew he missed his mother, having just been born so recently. So I made sure I went out to the tower whenever I had a chance.  Picking him up and walking around with him always quieted him down.

 

 


He started following me when I would set him down to walk around, so I began taking him with me on my various tasks around camp. The locals loved him; one even asked where he was on one of the few occasions I didn't have him trailing along behind me.
I knew I had a special dog and started feeling it was irresponsible for me to attempt to raise and care for it with very little knowledge and even fewer supplies. I asked Safi if he would be able to bring Gunner to Nowzad so he would be able to get his shots, proper nutrition, and a chance at a great life with Tess and me in America.”

It seemed that Shadow had found a rescuer—and someone who truly valued the comfort and joy he provided. 
Safi was able to get Gunner, now Shadow, to Nowzad and from that point on donors from Nowzad and the SAC Fund began to contribute toward his rescue.
 
 
Soon – thanks to many who cared -- Shadow’s funds were raised and he was on his way to Virginia.
 
 

His soldier says, “He is doing great! He adjusted so well to life in America immediately. He is a really, really smart dog, very little training to get him to understand anything. Tess and I love having him around”

And clearly Shadow enjoys being in Virginia.  There’s plenty to do …
 
 

And a new brother, Turbo, to spend time with…
 
 

His soldier says, “Turbo loves having him around too. They are both puppies, so they are constantly playing with each other.”

It’s a wonderful new life for Shadow.  His family loves him and is very grateful to all who helped bring him home.

Shadow seems pretty grateful too.