Marine Meets Stray Dog In Afghanistan And Changes His Life Forever.
When you're deployed in the middle of a war zone like Craig Grossi was in 2010, your spirit can take a real hit. Oh, you might say that Marines are trained to deal with volatile situations, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing. Ask any soldier and they'll tell you how terrifying, and depressing things can get very fast. But just when Grossi felt like he had nothing to smile about, something unexpected happened. He crossed paths with an adorable pooch and Grossi was blown away, but not by enemy fire or a landmine. He was blown away by the cuteness of his new four-legged friend as he wagged his tail.
It's not uncommon to see a stray dog walking around in the middle of a war zone.
In Afghanistan, soldiers often see stray dogs traveling in packs, but they aren't exactly friendly towards humans. In fact, they can get downright mean and aggressive. But that wasn't the case with this dog.
This dog seemed pretty docile and he didn't seem to belong to a pack either.
He was self-reliant, and he had to be because he was all alone. Soldiers would notice the dog scavenging for bits of food and then taking them to an area of bushes where he'd eat in peace and then rest.
The dog would also walk by the Marine compound where Craig Grossi was stationed.
The pooch was clearly fearless and Grossi wanted to give him some TLC, but his superiors had warned all soldiers to stay away from dogs, no matter how adorable or needy they might seem.
Up until that point, Grossi was totally okay obeying orders and staying away from dogs.
But when this little guy came along all confident, like he had it all figured out, Grossi's heart melted. So, he decided to keep an eye on the stray dog and give him the positive human interaction he hadn't received ever.
Grossi decided to break the rules and entice the dog with some beef jerky.
The Marine approached the dog carefully with the treat in his hand. The closer he got, the more he realized that the dog was full of bugs and dirt. But when the dog wagged his tail, it won Grossi over.
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