Gwen and Rachett

Soldier in Iraq trying to save dog.

I am writing on behalf of Sgt. Gwen Beberg and her dog Ratchet in Iraq.
Sgt. Gwen Beberg befriended puppy Ratchet while serving in Iraq. The U.S. military confiscated Ratchet as Sgt. Beberg prepared to fly home from Baghdad Airport. Operation Baghdad Pups, a program run by SPCA International, is pleading with the U.S. Army to allow Ratchet to fly out of the country - amid fears the dog awaits almost certain death if left behind.
Ratchet ONLY has until EARLY NEXT WEEK– time is of the essence here.
M.A.R.S. Safe Haven has a petition set up at:
Together, over 4,400 people have signed – just in the past 24 hours – pleading that Ratchet be immediately released by the military and allowed to be brought home. An article pleading for his release has been read by over 45,000 people since Monday.
Please take a few moments to look at the petitions and hear the thousands of voices crying out
for the U.S. military authorities to “do the right thing.”
ISSUE 1: Ratchet is not allowed to leave. Since officers are refusing to let Ratchet go, he needs a
military order to officially release him to leave Iraq.
ISSUE 2: Operation Baghdad Pups ( needs donations to sponsor their
upcoming trip to Iraq. Ratchet is running out of time. Ratchet was scheduled to leave on their
October 6th flight. Their next flight is early next week, and Ratchet MUST be on it. If not, Sgt.
Beberg will be forced to abandon him to certain death when she is transferred later this month.
Please help SPCA International, Operation Baghdad Pups and the thousands of people
worldwide supporting this cause to secure Ratchet’s release from the military authorities. cause.
We understand the economic crisis and presidential election may seem far more news worthy at
this time. However, we see far too much death, sadness and negativity these days. Here is a
chance to show our true character, humanity and compassion as Americans.
PLEASE ACT NOW before it is too late. For more information please contact:
• Stephanie Scroggs (SPCA) at:
• Katie Konrath (friend of Sgt. Beberg) at:
Thank you for your time and immediate attention into this matter.
Terrie Scott
M.A.R.S. Safe Haven

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Vera Dunlop says ... on Friday, Sep 16 at 12:48 PM

I don´t know if the dog has left or not Iraq because there has been a long time since then. Hope that woman who served in Iraq could brought the dog to the USA. Hope so !

amanda says ... on Tuesday, Oct 21 at 2:22 PM

let the soider stay with the dog

She fought for our country. says ... on Friday, Oct 17 at 1:01 PM

Let her have Ratchet. What is wrong with our Military.........How could you do this to people, Just take things away from them. How cruel can you be.............Let her have the dog. Rita From Chicago Dog saver.............

Sandra says ... on Thursday, Oct 16 at 1:48 PM

Hi, just wanted you to know, they didn't get Ratchet on wed., but plan to go back on sunday. Lets all pray he'll be safe til then! Another site to check out for updates is;, An airline offered to fly the dog home too.

Ron says ... on Thursday, Oct 16 at 11:16 AM

For updates on Ratchet pls check

Ron says ... on Thursday, Oct 16 at 11:15 AM

The military released their hold on Ratchet, yesterday just 1/2 hour before the flight left, so Ratchet missed his second chance to get out. Hummm coincidence he was released too late? The spca may be able to try again. The soldier was relocated.

Irene says ... on Thursday, Oct 16 at 9:57 AM

hoping that Ratchet has been found and is on his way home. what is the status? has he been found?

Cathy says ... on Tuesday, Oct 14 at 8:30 PM

Have you ever read "From Bagdad with Love?" Our soldiers are facing horrific situations EVERY day they serve. It's small familiar things like dogs that keep them human. They're fighting for human rights, it just happens their dogs keep them sane.

Shannon says ... on Tuesday, Oct 14 at 6:52 PM

Ratchet brought that soldier great comfort for a little while during her tour of duty. To bring him home to her family would provide them great comfort and help her in the transition back to civilian life. Dog????, stick to topic. Bring him home!

12 says ... on Tuesday, Oct 14 at 3:20 PM

OK Im in the same place that the dog are in and it is a ugly dog and she is crazy

Miriam says ... on Monday, Oct 13 at 10:16 PM

WHAT THE...?????!!! What's with the idiots in the military?! They won't allow even a small bit of comfort and happiness??!! Those responsible for keeping Ratchet and his mama apart should be DEEPLY ashamed and embarrassed by their behavior. Very bad!

DOG???? says ... on Monday, Oct 13 at 5:03 AM

Have you or your readers been to Iraq? Have you seen the living conditions? Have you ever researched the plight of the average Iraq female? No? Try it, then tell me that this puppy deserves more compasion then they do.

Ron says ... on Saturday, Oct 11 at 7:47 AM

Let her have her dog

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