COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ~ WE WILL BE BACK A LITTLE LATER TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER - BEN.
Before we announce the final daily competition (we will get to that later in the post after this important stuff) we would like to share with you the following message that Nowzad and Tali have sent for everyone who has supported my Nowzad Fundraising Week..
Absolutely brilliant effort – a big thank you to Ben and all his friends in dog blog land – raising awareness of what Nowzad Dogs is all about through Ben’s blog is a super cool way of doing it. We are forever grateful and everyone’s contribution really is appreciated.
This is Arnhem who was smuggled to the Afghan rescue just last week – and this is his story
Arnhem the puppy
Arnhem was found on the 17th September 2008 (the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem, hence the name) by the Pathfinder Platoon on Op Herrick 8. He was seen at the side of the road by a member of the passing patrol, looking very miserable and very poorly. The PF lads stopped, scooped him up and continued on their route back to Camp Bastion. As soon as they got back to Bastion the puppy was rushed over to the vet at the dog section who gave him an all-clear, but warned that he was very weak and vulnerable, having been separated from his mother at such a young age (approx. three and a half weeks old).
It was quickly decided by the blokes that he couldn’t be returned to the wild as he wouldn’t last five minutes without a parent to look after him and raise him, so he was smuggled into the accommodation pods and kept for one week in a cardboard box, regularly let out to sniff at and wrestle with stray socks and wash bags.
A makeshift kennel, pieced together from a hesco frame, cardboard and hessian was built for him and the lads contacted Nowzad Dogs, who had been lightning quick to offer their help in getting him home.
The lads were ecstatic that there was a way of getting him back to the UK, where one of the lads from the path finder platoon would take care of him.
Arnhem is a Labrador type dog (although you can never be sure with these Afghan cross-breeds), with blond fur, who enjoys chewing socks, sandals, feet...etc. He is very sociable and enjoys lending a paw when everyone is cleaning their weapons at the bottom of the compound. He is very popular and very photogenic, having posed with pretty much the entire Platoon for individual photos. Currently he is about five weeks old and lives on weetabix and milk, with meat gradually being introduced to his diet.
He would have died on the side of that road where he lay if the blokes hadn’t found him that day, and if it wasn’t for the Nowzad Dogs charity helping him get back to the UK then this sweet little puppy would have had no chance of a life fending for himself without a mum, in a country like this.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY – NOWZAD & TALI OCT 2008
That message has made this week even more worthwhile to me, it highlights the importance of supporting the vital role that Nowzaddogs play in so many stories like this one. A very very worthy cause I am sure you will agree!
Don't forget that all who have made/ do make a donation to NowzadDogs have been/will be entered into the grand prize draw which will be drawn sometime after the 12th October. Any donations made up to and including the 12th October using the BenTheRotti Donation button on the Nowzad homepage will be eligible for entry.
Now onto our final daily competition, as it is the final one it will remain open until 3pm Monday 6th October and the winner will be drawn and announced once the beans get home from school. Usual entry rules apply.
Competition Numero Seven~O
How did Arnhem get his name?
you may enter via comments..
Good luck, and thank you from the bottom of my big rottie heart for supporting Nowzaddogs.