Marine Meets Stray Dog In Afghanistan And Changes His Life Forever.
Grossi still remembers how he arrived in the Sangin District of Afghanistan by chopper.
He got there at night, and by sunrise, he was welcomed with gunfire by Taliban fighters. From then on, it was a battle to just stay alive day in and day out. But the simple gesture the dog made with his tail put a smile on his face.
The dog graciously accepted the beef jerky from the Marine and was pawsitively happy.
Grossi couldn't understand how this dog was in such high spirits when he had no one in the world looking after him. The pooch even accepted Grossi's affectionate touch when he scratched him playfully behind the ear.
When Grossi initially walked away after his first encounter, he felt something poking his leg.
When he looked down, he noticed that it was the dog who was following him. Then one of Grossi's fellow soldiers shouted "Looks like you made a friend," but he misunderstood "Looks like a Fred." That's when Grossi named the dog Fred.
Fred became an unofficial member of the team when the Marines went out looking to help the locals.
At first, the Marines worried that Fred would bark and give their location away, but the dog learned not to make a sound when they were out patrolling. Eventually, every Marine fell in love with the adorable pooch.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and it was time for Grossi to leave.
His unit had been recalled to the main base where they would rest before being re-deployed somewhere else. This meant that Grossi had to figure out what to do with Fred. So, he sat down with him and asked the pooch to give him a sign.
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