Oso the Afghan Pup Up Close & Personal

A Soldier and his Dog

This is a story about Oso the pup and her soldier, Phillip. Phillip is currently deployed with the 5-2 Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan for 1 year and will return home in July 2010. He's been caring for Oso since she was about 5-6 weeks old.

She was saved from certain death when they found her in the mountains wandering, crying and alone with 2 other litter mates, with no mother to be found. So they took her back to the base and divided the pups up to people who were willing to help. He took her in, shared his meals with her, built her a dog house and made her part of their "pack". When he moved to a new base she was smuggled on board for the long trip to her latest home.

She is doing well, but Phil has been told that if the wrong person spots the dog on base she will be taken from him and shot. It's very common for dogs to be used for fighting, torture, and abused beyond belief in Afghanistan! It's hard to imagine doing this to a sweet pup who has only brought pure, unconditional love to the soldiers in Phil's unit during a time of war. She symbolizes a piece of home that the soldiers long for and miss so much. We owe it to her to make sure her journey has a happy ending.

Please help support Oso's cause by featuring her story and spreading the word to others about getting her out of Afghanistan. If she has to be left behind they will have to euthanize her. It's an unthinkable thought but one that is humane in the living situation there in Afghanistan.

Please help by putting our story on the news and assisting others in making a donation to help in the costs involved in her trip to the US. We've been told it will cost between $2500-$5000 US dollars for vaccines, rabies testing, transportation to a shelter by a local Afghan (very dangerous/unpredictable), from there shipping costs to the US east coast and then across the US to Seattle, WA. I would also like to mention that there are only a few organizations in Afghanistan that try to help get the animals home with their soldiers and they are amazing! These people risk their lives to save the lives of the animals there.

On behalf of Oso the pup and the Bourrillion family we want to thank you for any help you can give. God bless you for your kindness and generosity. Below is a link to her donation site and facebook page:

Link to Donation Site: bringosohome.chipin.com

You can also donate to any Columbia State Bank donation acct name: Bring Oso Home

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=131857154945&ref=nf

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Avril UK says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 4:21 PM

In reply to John . I sincerely hope that you will never be in the same situation as this family ... as for certain you show no compassion ! I hope the Bourrillions do not see your negative comment !

Sonya Montelongo says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 1:46 PM

This dog became his dog, became his friend and he cannot turn his back on her. Not after the love & peace Osa gave him in his time of need. Bottom line is, this dog is in need of a home. You either want to help or you don't.

Sonya Montelongo says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 1:44 PM

Jack, I would hope that I'll never be so callous as you; of course, there are many homeless pets in need of rescue. This story is different, this soldier didn't go looking for dogs in Afghanistan. He is serving there & rescued this dog.

Jack Mehoff says ... on Sunday, Jan 10 at 9:14 PM

I hope that dog dies before it makes it to you! I can't believe you scammed all these people to give you money to get a dog from Afghanistan when there are thousands of homeless dogs close to you! Thanks for ruining the world some more!

Robert Bangert says ... on Sunday, Jan 10 at 6:49 PM

Hi, I have read your story,and I sincerely hope Oso can come home,I have a story.But I don't have enough space to tell you,I work at Best Friends Veterinary In Oak Harbor Wa, Could you contact me at 425-736-1521.I would like to talk to you. Rob

Cathy says ... on Sunday, Jan 10 at 6:39 PM

There is an organization called military mascots. Go to www.militarymascots.com. This is a non profit run by a woman on the East Coast,she can help you. I have a cat from Iraq. Check out the website, it's a best bet!

money says ... on Sunday, Jan 10 at 6:32 PM

should not be an issue. Please keep us posted on the outcome

Carol says ... on Sunday, Jan 10 at 6:29 PM

Our group rescues Greyhounds and I will spread the word to bring this puppy home by making donations. Thanks for that heart-warming story.

ARTIE says ... on Tuesday, Dec 29 at 9:00 AM

I have been told to have the Bourrillion family contact Best Friends in Utah. I hear tell that they have helped other military persons bring pets back to the USA.

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