Oso arrives safely in U.S. from Afghanistan
Another dog befriended by U.S. troops in Afghanistan has made it to America.
Oso was rescued as a four-month-old pup from the streets of Afghanistan five months ago by Phil Bourillion, of the 5th Stryker Brigade, then went on to befriend his entire unit.
The dog arrived at Sea-Tac Airport late Tuesday morning, where she was met by Bourillion’s wife, Lena, KOMO in Seattle reported.
“She means a lot,” Spc. David LaForge, who is with Bourillon’s unit but home this week on R&R, said of the dog. “She was a big boost of morale when we had her – she was a little puppy – we raised her from nothing.”
When the unit got orders to transfer to another base, plans to bring Oso along were nixed by the Army.
That’s when Lena Bourillion began the long process of trying to get the dog out on her own.
Members of the unit paid a driver to sneak Oso through enemy lines to Kabul. Once Oso was there, Lena, with the help of family and friends, found someone who would get Oso into Pakistan. From there, Oso was placed on a flight to New York and another to Seattle.
Bourillion is due back from Afghanistan in five months.
Oso will spend three weeks in quarantine before going to the Bourillion’s home in Puyallup.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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