As many of you know, our new baby girl was rescued from sure death on the streets of Afghanistan by her angel Fred Armitage who took her in, nursed her back to health and arranged partial funding for her trip to Canada. Another organization and their wonderful members also helped with Alice's funding (this was all before I even knew of her existance), called the Puppy Rescue Mission.
The Puppy Rescue Mission was formed by Anna Cannon to help soldiers bring home dogs (some of them heroes themselves) that they have bonded with while in Afghanistan. If you have a moment, check out their site, www.thepuppyrescuemission.org and read some of the stories. Some of them are heartbreaking, some of them are horrid, but many of them are wonderful stories of animals who have helped keep a smile on the faces of the soldiers in horrible conditions.
Some of you may be saying there are many unwanted dogs in Canada and the US who need homes, why bring one all the way from Afghanistan and I would totally agree with you. I'm not a soldier who bonded with an animal. I am an animal lover who had been looking for a new pup to join our family for a while though. Through a friend (Kristi Wright) I heard about Alice. Fred had no intentions of rescuing another dog, but he saw an Afghani citizen taking a shot at her and stepped in. Over time he nursed her back to health and fell in love with her, but he had two dogs at home already and needed a home for her. He had commited to bring her back to Canada.
I was hesitant to commit to a dog I didn't know but I asked a lot of questions and talked to some of the people who had also provided homes for some of these dogs. When Fred made me promise to give her back to him if things didn't work out for any reason, I knew that I had to try. Things have worked out better than I hoped and you know we love this little girl as does everybody that meets her .