It’s one of the best stories ever I’ve heard, but what I am sure about is that those dogs are seeing Sgt. Chris Duke as their hero who had changed their lives. Chris Duke was serving in Afghanistan, and while he was there, he was making friends with the local stray dogs there, he was always feeding them, playing with them, and a good bond was created between him and Sasha, Target, and Rufus. Suddenly, on February 9, a suicide bomber tried to attack Duke’s base, but the dogs started to bark, and they alerted the soldiers about the suicide bomber, so he blew himself before he could kill 15 soldiers. After this attack, Duke returned back home, he knew then that his friend was taking care of Rufus and Target, because sadly Sasha had gotten severely injured. He was especially close to one of the dogs, he named him Rufus. So what he did when he returned to his country was indescribable. Duke wrote a letter for a group called Hope for warriors, he wrote in the letter “I owe my life to those dogs and my wish is to bring them home and give them the best life I can”. The letter was received by the group, and the president of Hope for Warriors Robbin Kelleher said that it’s the first time he received a wish like this one, but they can fulfill it for him. The story was told on their Facebook page, people started to raise funds for shipping the dogs, and they raised more than $21,000 which was enough for the dogs to leave Afghanistan. Thankfully the dogs arrived to their new homes, Duke took in Rufus, and his other friend took Target.
What’s amazing about this story is how Duke did his best to offer the dogs a safe home, the bond between dogs and man, is magical.