The Rescue of Goldie
Goldie first came to Nowzad’s attention because of a dog named Beethoven.
Beethoven’s soldier wrote:
“On my second day in country while walking to work, I noticed this big dog following me. Because of his size I became scared and my co-worker said, “Oh, its ok, that’s Beethoven, he always walks us to work.” I was still nervous and kept looking back, watching him. I didn’t say a word but it was as if he understood I was nervous and slowed down his pace. He didn’t stop following us, but put a little more distance between us. He was the first dog I encountered here and he’s been my Gentle Giant since that day. This is one of the most amazing dogs I have ever met.”
While this soldier cared for Beethoven and thought he would happily live out his life on the base, a sudden change in policy meant that he was no longer allowed to stay.
Nor was Goldie (his “wife”) and their litter of ten pups.
Somehow the soldiers managed to get Beethoven, Goldie and all their pups to the Nowzad shelter. From there Beethoven made his way to New York to be with the soldier who had become so fond of him. Soon all the pups found homes with local Afghans. But that left Goldie.
For nearly a year Goldie remained at the shelter until something wonderful happened. A kind soldier who had already rescued a pet he adopted in Afghanistan – Spin – decided that he and his family could offer Goldie a home.
Another wonderful family in New York stepped up to provide the remaining funds necessary to get Goldie from Afghanistan to this soldier’s home in Colorado.
These generous SAC Fund donors were largely responsible for Goldie’s final rescue. And the family in Colorado has been keeping them informed as Goldie happily adjusts to her new world.
A great connection made through a very great dog.
Here Goldie meets her new “brother” Spin.
It’s was a long wait for this sweet dog, but the end of her journey is truly special.