Animal Writes
From 2 May 2004 Issue

Iraqi Dogs Need Your Help
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A good friend of the Senior Dogs Project who is in the military has been stationed in Mosul, Iraq, since last year. Soon after being stationed there, his great love of dogs (and the dogs' recognition of his feelings for them) led him to befriend a number of them who had been displaced by the turmoil of the war. Despite the friendly nature of the dogs and the fact that they were "strays" through no fault of their own, the military commander ordered that the dogs be rounded up and shot.

A few of the dogs managed to evade the first round up, among them "Blue," a German Shepherd who had clearly been a police dog, but who is basically a lovebug. He waits quietly for our friend each morning, sitting beside his truck, asking for nothing more than a bit of attention and a few crumbs, and in return offering a wagging tail, trusting eyes, and loyal companionship.

As of Monday, April 26, the commander in Mosul has reinstituted the "round up and shoot" orders and has told our friend that if Blue is still around on Friday, April 30, the commander will personally shoot him. We realize that there are many terrible things going on in Iraq and that innocent men, women, and children are dying. We don't understand the point, however, of deliberately shooting an old dog who offers nothing but comfort and affection to our beleaguered troops, asking nothing in return.

If you can help in any way -- by contacting news media or anyone you may know in the military -- please do so. We may not be able to do anything to stop the horrific developments of the war in Iraq, but perhaps we can save the life of a few old dogs and the faith in humanity of a troop of soldiers. Please let us know if you are able to take any action: [email protected]  (

Teri Goodman
The Senior Dogs Project 

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