Feb. 22, 2008:
SAN DIEGO — It began with a simple act of kindness to save an abused and injured dog from becoming one more victim in the war in Iraq.
But what followed for Marine Maj. Brian Dennis and the mutt was a tale of friendship and loyalty that spanned miles, borders, and overcame long odds — a tale that took a turn Friday with the arrival here of the Marine’s best friend. The dog arrived at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field airport at about 4:30 p.m.“This dog who had been through a lifetime of fighting, war, abuse … is going to live the good life,” Dennis told his family in an e-mail from Iraq.
The tale of friendship unfolded in October, a few months after Dennis deployed to Iraq from San Diego to work as part of the military team building infrastructure along the Syria-Iraq border and training Iraqi forces to take over.