Soldier Being Sent Home Can’t Bear to Leave Adopted Dog in Iraq- Says “You Don’t Leave a Friend Behind”

Soldiers stationed in Iraq took in a stray puppy that soon became the camp mascot. When it was time to leave, one man couldn’t leave a friend behind.

After Army Specialist Ken Wyrsch was deployed to Iraq, he became quick buddies with the stray puppy that had wandered onto the military base.

Ollie became the camp mascot after stealing the hearts of every soldier there

Ollie became the camp mascot after stealing the hearts of every soldier there

The little fur ball immediately stole everyone’s hearts and became the camp mascot almost overnight. Eventually named Ollie, the German shepherd became a member of the military family.

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“He was there when we left on our missions, he was there when we got back,” Ken said.

Ollie and Ken were inseparable after only a few short months. When the army man heard his unit was disbanding, he was devastated at the thought of losing his precious pup.

Ollie and Ken were finally reunited after the pup was flown overseas

Ollie and Ken were finally reunited after the pup was flown overseas

He feared the worst for Ollie in such harsh, desert like conditions with no one to care for him. Ken knew he needed his best friend with him in California.

“You don’t leave a friend behind, can’t do it,” the military man said.

After contacting SPCA International (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Ken was on the way to being reunited with man’s best friend.

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Finally, the day came for Ollie to be picked up. Both man and dog were unbelievably happy. They were a sight for each other’s sore eyes.

“And this right here was thousands and thousands of dollars of donations that went into this dog, you know?  He’s a good boy. He’s worth it,” Wyrsch said.

Watch the moment the two reconnect after months apart in the tear-jerking video clip below.

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Source: CBS News

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