In many parts of the world, stray dogs, sadly, run rampant. Many travelers do what they can and what the laws allow. Often, it’s an uphill battle and the strays are left behind. This story is different. It tells the story of a dog who refused to be left behind by a man he loved so much, inspired by the Latin phrase of the Army Rangers: no man left behind.
When Marine Major Brian Dennis was stationed in Iraq, he met a stray dog who immediately stole his heart. The dog was named “Nubs” because his ears had been cut off. Rumor has it that an Iraqi soldier cut them off so he would look tougher— a cruel act that infuriated the American soldiers. Major Dennis and Nubs became best friends. They spent time together developing a truly special bond but then, sadly, Major Dennis received new orders and he had to leave.
Major Dennis was re-stationed over 70 miles away near the border. He said goodbye to his friend Nubs and his heart ached. As he drove off in the Humvee, Nubs could be seen trailing behind, chasing the vehicle. The sight was heartbreaking.
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