Iraqi puppy adopted by soldier arrives in US

October 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A friendly mutt from Iraq has arrived at Dulles International Airport after a lengthy effort to reunite the pooch with the U.S. soldier who adopted him. Ratchet arrived from Amsterdam on Monday a day after leaving Baghdad. The black dog wearing a red, white and blue bandanna jumped out of his crate, looked around and quickly flopped down on the floor in baggage claim. He'll spend two nights in a kennel before flying to Minneapolis.

Army Spc. Gwen Beberg says she couldn't have made it through her 13-month deployment without the dog she and another soldier rescued.

An animal rescue group brought Ratchet to the U.S. after the military said it could not be responsible for the dog's transportation.



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