Saturday, 4 October 2008

MESSAGE FROM NOWZAD & Final Daily Competition.


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.


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.

Ben xxxxxx


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

But WE - the khanines of the world - should be thanking YOU fur all you've done fur 'us' and our relatives 'round the world!

He got his name since he was found on the anniversary of the battle of Arnhem -

Good job HANDSOME!


Noah the Airedale said...

Great job Ben. That's just pawesome and we're really glad to have been able to help out too.

Arnhem got his name because he was found on the anniversary of the battle of Arnhem.

tailwags and a big yahoooooo
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

The Girl said...

Oh Ben, thank you for sharing Arnhem's story! Every time we read about one of the Nowzad dogs, we get all choked up. What wonderful folks, to save so many precious lives!

Arnhem was found on Sept. 17/08, which is the anniversary of the battle of Arhnem, and that's where his name came from!

Ben and Ben's mom, thank you so much for bringing Nowzad and it's incredible people and pups to so many of us in bloggie land! You've done a pawsome job!

Brown dog kisses,
Dannan and The Girl

Shmoo said...

Well, that's a silly question: He was given that name, as well as a chance for a good life by the brave soldiers that found him. His real name is: wooo rar rar, but Arnhem will do if it means livergreat.

Great job helping those that can't help themselves (would you consider doing something that will pay for the shipping of all the U.S. Congress and Senate over to the war zone, that way there's room for more dogs at the capitol)


Mack said...

He was found on the aniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. And mom thinks he is super cute!

Lorenza said...

Arnhem was found on the 17th September 2008, the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem.
Thanks for sharing his story!
Kisses and hugs

Cyber-sibes Star and Jack said...

Arnhem was found on the 17th September 2008 (the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem & named for it. And what a heart-warming story, Ben! Thanks for printing it!

woos & a-roos,
Star & Jack

The Army of Four said...

God bless all who are helping rescue these lovely pups!
OK... Arnhem got his name because he was found on the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem! And may I add he's just a very handsome little fella!!!
PS: Ben, Dave said he's glad his post worked! :)

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Sorry it took me so long to donate, finally I saved enough to get it done. I did it!
How did Arnham get his name?
Arnhem was found on the 17th September 2008 (the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem, hence the name).

Moco said...

What a great bunch of guys. It proves that humanity is not dead.
He was found on the anniversary of the battle of Arnhem.

Snowball said...

Arnhem was found on the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem so was given the name.


pughy said...

He is beautifull and was found on the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem. Thats how he got his name.

what a lovely story and what a cute cute little rascal.

Hugs GJ xxxx

JB's Big World said...

Arnhem looks like a wonderful puppy. Nowzad is wonderful!

Gucci said...

Hehehe Ben,

Glad you're still keeping up with the contest after all that pawtyin'.

That cute l'il pup got his name coz he was found on the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem!!

I hope he finds his furever home super soon!!


Rambo said...

Hey Ben,
I'll chime in and say he got his name cause he was found on the anniversary of the battle of Arnhem. We're all winners!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You have been doing a great job. We're glad you had such a message from Nowzad.

He was named Arnhem because he was found on the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem.

Shadow / Molly said...

Hai, I is Jake!! I lovedid dat the troops lent a helpin paw to a woofie in need! Ben I fink yer grrrrrrrr eight, so peas stop by and pick up an award!


::springs in my feet::
::springs in my feet::

I is Jake!

Lacy said...

w00f's Ben, the 64th annieversary of the battle of Arnhem..its been fun, shure hope they got bunches of money...great job they doing and u and ur beans too...

b safe,

Joe Stains said...

WHAT A CUTIE!!! we are so glad we were able to help, you did a fantastic job making all us dogs aware!!

T-man Angel said...

What a wonderful rescue story!! Those dogs wouldn't have any chance at life without this great charity and these kind soldiers.

Arnhem got his name because he was rescued on the same day as the anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.

T-man Angel

lebdale said...

hi Ben and Bens mum we are all proud of you love from everyone at pawz for thought

Huskee and Hershey said...

Cos that little dude was found on the 17th September 2008, which is the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem!!
He is a real cutie and must be so lucky to be found.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I made a little donation to Nowzad Dogs, do you know if they received it yet?

Stanislaw said...

What an amazing puppy story! You're performing miracles, Ben!

everybodysaysdont said...

Well done Ben, you & your lovely family have done a great job! (We've given you a blog award by the way! :-)

everybodysaysdont said...

OOh Khyra called you HANDSOME!!!!! Oooooh! xxxx (You are very handsome by the way!!) We are sad because our current internet connection is too slow to watch you & the Bean's video...:-( We will hopefully watch when we have fast internet again soon.