Posted: Apr 27, 2010 5:28 PM by Elaine Sheridan
Updated: Apr 27, 2010 5:28 PM
A dog started hanging around a group of Fort Carson soldiers in Afghanistan and now they are hoping she can come home with the troops.
"Babe" made her self at home with the soldiers and now Devon Warren, a wife of one of the soldiers, has decided to adopt Babe and bring her home to Fort Carson to live with them and the rest of the "Bravo Company". Warren says it is the least they can do for a dog that has given the troops so much love.
"Unless you have been to a war zone, you could not possibly imagine what being away from home, your family, your children, and everything you know as safe feels like," said Warren. "Babe has brought a sense of home to our guys. Babe sleeps with, eats with, and plays with our soldiers. She brings a smile to their faces that those of us back home are oh so grateful for. She gives them much needed relief from their current reality."
While Warren was talking to her husband one night he told her that "he just could not leave her there". So Devon went into action trying to find out how you get a dog from a war zone from the other side of the world. Turns out it isn't easy and it is costly too. In fact it is a little too costly for a young military family to do on their own. So Devon and some of her friends set up a website for people to "chip-in".
Babe is currently being held by a shelter group from the United States that helps in these situations. They have worked out the dogs travel arrangements, but she has to get home before Bravo Company gets shipped back home this summer.
An Anonymous donor, fellow Bravo Co wives, friends, family and others have raised about half of three-thousand plus dollars needed to get the dog stateside. If there is any left over it will go the shelter in Afghanistan to help other four-legged friends of military members be brought to the United States.