Marine Raises $4000 To Bring Canine Companion To U.S. From Afghanistan
Former Marine Shaun Duling will be reunited with Bolt.
“He was always by my side, which was really difficult because when I had left Afghanistan for good, he tried to jump on the helo with me. He usually doesn’t like to go toward the helipad and he was right there with me,” Duling told ABCNews.com. “I got on, and they had to come pull him back. It was pretty hard saying goodbye to him. And that’s when I definitely made the decision to do what I had to.”
Duling had heard about an organization called Nowzad, which helps rescue stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan. But in order to bring Bolt home with him to Alexandria, Va., Duling would have to raise the necessary $4,000 for the dog to make the 14-and-a-half-hour trip from the other side of the world.
Even after the commander said all dogs had to go, Bolt made the cut.
“They dropped him off at this village and all the other dogs ran away and scattered, but Bolt stayed by the vehicle. They noticed Bolt was running behind them the entire way home for about 10 miles as they were leaving. They finally stopped, and the commander of the convoy put him the backseat and brought him back to base. They said he could stay.”