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Former Iraqi dog “Nubs” on Today Show

dennisnubs.jpgNubs, the one-time Iraqi street mutt — so named by American soldiers for the stubs where his ears used to be — appeared on this morning’s Today Show, along with the Marine major who rescued him.

Nubs befriended Marine Major Brian Dennis and his fellow soldiers while Dennis was on patrol in the Anbar province.

When Dennis was required to report to another location, 70 miles away, he bid his friend farewell and left with little hope that Nub would survive on the war torn streets. Already, the dog had his ears cut off, and had been stabbed in the side with a screwdriver — both, Dennis believes, by Iraqi soldiers.

Two days after Dennis arrived at his new location, Nubs showed up.

Dennis said he was inside headquarters when a fellow Marine came in and said, “You’re not going to believe who’s outside.”

“Who’s outside?” Dennis asked.

“Nubs is outside,” the soldier said.

After a joyful reunion, Dennis was informed that, since the military prohibits keeping dogs in war zones, he had four days to get rid of him. Given the bond they’d established and the dangers Nubs faced, Dennis was hesitant to do that.

Strays in Iraq, Dennis said today, serve as a needed escape for soliders — “an escape from the drudgery and the mundane life and the bad things you see at times.”

Dennis and his friends launched an Internet campaign and raised $5,000 to send Nubs to a friend in the U.S..

In March 2008, about a month after Nubs arrived, Dennis returned from Iraq and was reunited with the dog.

Now the whole story has become a book, “Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt,  a Marine and a Miracle.”


Comment from Mary Haight
Time November 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Talk about second chances…great story just in time for the holidays. Good results for dogs from war torn areas are rare–thanks!

Comment from Julie Farrell
Time November 4, 2009 at 1:17 am

What a beautiful story with a very happy ending!

Comment from Jessica
Time November 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I was in Iraq as a civilian for two years. Being a witness to the abuse that these dogs live with everyday is heartbreaking. They don’t have homes as Iraqis, for the most part, hate dogs. They drink hot, dirty water and scrounge around for food in the dump. They reach out for love and companionship, and get kicked and shunned for their efforts.
I wish the best for Brian and Nubs. I wish them everything good. Brian, you’re an aboveboard Marine, and a wonderful human being.

Comment from Gemma
Time March 1, 2010 at 12:40 am

I think dogs or any animals choose us for reasons we are not aware of at this moment from past or present life they are like a messengers and someday we will complete the puzzles but it’s all about knowing our spiritual purpose. I accidentally have 2 dogs and I am in no shape of having them at all financially or in other term I do not own a home but with many prayers and living with life meracles I think Gator boenita and me will be even happier going forward. Aloha to Major Dinnis enjoy your life journey with nub as it will be knowing about your place in life why he have choosin you.