Sunday, March 23, 2008


Saturday, here in San Diego, 150 Marines returned from a seven-month tour of duty in Iraq.
Among them were Marines who were reunited with seven puppies they had rescued from the war zone, as well as Marine Major Brian Dennis, who was reunited with a german shepard mix he named Nubs.

When Nubs was a puppy, an Iraqi man sliced off his ears in an effort to make the dog more alert and tough.
Hence, the name Nubs, in reference to what is left of his ears.
The dog ran wild in the desert until forming a special bond with Major Dennis, who also nursed the dog back to health after it was stabbed with a screwdriver.

When the camp moved 70 miles away, Nubs somehow managed to follow.
But dog companions aren't allowed in camp, so Major Dennis enlisted the help of friends in San Diego to raise $3500 to have the dog shipped here.
Nubs has been staying with Dennis' friends for about a month, awaiting his return.

Upon reuniting, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported,
"The 2-year-old dog, named for his two nubby ears, drenched Dennis' face with doggie kisses and said hello with excited whimpers."

Dennis says Nubs' next adventure is a romp on dog beach.
I hope to encounter the pair there one day.
I'd like to give that doggie a great big hug.
Kudos to these Marines who do some much for us, then go beyond the call of duty and give new life to some pups too.

Story from UT February 23, 2008.
Story from UT March 23, 2008.

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Blogger Pattie - Chicagoland, IL said...

What a wonderful story. I'm so sorry to know that this poor dog was treated so badly, but happy to know that he now has people who will love him. I wrote last summer about a dog, who also lived a sad life until a nice man rescued him. I love to hear stories such as these. Here is the story:

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blinking fantastic of them! I bet that was some homecoming for him. Nubs looks so happy. It never ceases to amaze me just how forgiving dogs can be.

Ceasar Millan would say they "live in the moment" but dogs do have memories. Maybe they are so filled with hope that this time things will be different. I am so glad that Nubs has a forever home at last. It's no life for a dog in a war zone. Good that the puppies are safe too. Thanks for posting this.

Ooeee sounds like you have loads of stuff for your garden from the yard sale. Might be worth circling them more often as they are moving. (poor them)

9:49 AM  
Blogger svelteSTUFF said...

'I hope to encounter the pair there one day.' Hmmm... which one you would PREFER to encounter (tee hee)?!! ;)

11:06 AM  
Blogger Lucca Brazzi said...

Major Dennis it looks to me that Congress was only able to make you an Officer as your parents had clearly already made you a Gentleman. My congratulations to them for a job well done!

You action just reaffirms that the sovereign dignity of the United States continues to be well represented by those men and women in dirty camouflage no matter how far from home they are, and no matter how hard and dirty the job handed to them is

1:22 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

I'm so glad Nubs' story had a happy ending!

12:55 AM  
Blogger Courtney Mault said...

Thanks for sharing such a lovely story! I'm always a little nervous to read stories about animals because I hate to hear of any tragedies upon our furry companions. So happy Nubs found such a good dad!

That would be SO GREAT to meet them!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Yes, thanks for sharing that story, doggy love is great no matter where you live....
especially big doggie love - Big dogs can hug you back!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Vallen said...

Oh, drat, that just makes the tears well up. I'm forwarding this to vet daughetr.

7:08 PM  

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