Amigo and Ghost are two dogs from two very different backgrounds who wound up faced with very similar fates. Amigo, a retired military bomb detection dog, was trained to assist U.S. forces in the Middle East. Ghost, a stray, just happened to be born into a war zone. On their own, both had bleak futures. Amigo was scheduled to be euthanized following his retirement from active duty. Ghost, left to fend for himself in a war-torn nation, would likely face a similar fate. Fortunately, both dogs found their way into the hearts of American servicepersons.
Amigo became friends with Michael Fenton, an Army Specialist, while Ghost became friends with Army Sergeant Christian Cox. Under conventional circumstances, both would have adopted their dogs as rescues. However, transporting a dog from the other side of the world is a difficult thing to do. That’s where Guardians of Rescue, a not-for-profit organization specializing in providing assistance to animals through food, shelter, medical care, and foster placement services, enters the story. Cox and Fenton reached out to Guardians of Rescue for help in getting their dogs out of the Middle East and into the homes of their families. Working with a retired military member, Guardians of Rescue sent an envoy to the Middle East to retrieve the dogs and to ensure their safe passage to the United States.
“We realize how important these dogs are to the health and well-being of the soldiers who have been caring for them and working alongside of them. We are excited that we will be keeping these two dogs with the men who mean so much to them and vice versa. It’s a small gesture that we do for our soldiers that has a big impact.”
— Robert Misseri, President, Guardians of Rescue
Both dogs now reside in Pennsylvania with the families of Cox and Fenton. While Cox and Fenton still continue their efforts abroad, they know they’ll have a friendly face to return to when they eventually do come home.