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‘The Nowzad Rescue’ Article by Sharon Pflaumer

Thank you so much Sharon Pflaumer of ‘Dog News’ for writing this excellent article about the work of the Nowzad Dogs charity in Afghanistan – really appreciate your support.

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Wylie Scruffts Winner

Wylie the mongrel goes from mean streets of Kandahar to Crufts and wins battle to be named top dog

He had been savagely beaten and left for dead when a convoy of British soldiers discovered him while on patrol in Kandahar.

Now Wylie has marked a miraculous transformation from battered stray on war torn streets to win a prestigious award at this year’s Crufts show.

Tonight he was crowned Best Crossbreed Rescue at the Scruffts show, which is part of the world’s biggest pedigree dog show.

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Wylie Rosette pic

Afghan stray Wylie goes to Crufts

A dog who endured horrific cruelty in Afghanistan and remarkably survived against the odds could become top dog at Crufts today.

Wylie the mongrel was rescued close to death on the streets of Kandahar in Afghanistan by British soldiers in 2011.

Fast forward to today, and he is one of six finalists in Scruffts, a part of the Crufts show at Birmingham NEC which aims to find champion crossbreed dogs.

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Hannah feeding pups

Jan 2013 Dogster

Nowzad Dogs Saves the Strays of War-Torn Afghanistan
It’s tough enough to be a soldier in war-torn Afghanistan; little wonder many servicemen return home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Now imagine being a local dog, terrified and confused, with no way to understand the waking nightmare going on around you..

Jan 2013 LA Times

She was just an ordinary brown mutt, a stray, but Pvt. Conrad Lewis loved her.

Lewis, a British paratrooper in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, adopted the dog and named her Pegasus. Everyone called her Peg.

In his letters home, Lewis described Peg as a member of his military family: “I have taught her to sit and give me her paw…. She patrols with us, she is not afraid of the Taliban or their bullets.”

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Bolt & Shaun

Oct 2012 Daily Mail

Virginia Marine Shaun Duling recently returned home to the U.S. from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan with a broken heart and a worn-in dog collar that belonged to a friend he was forced to leave behind — and that he feared he would never see again.

The collar belonged to Bolt, a stray dog that became Duling’s closest companion during a long and lonely winter in Afghanistan. When Duling left the country last month to return home to Alexandria, Virginia, Duling and Bolt had become inseparable, making Duling’s homecoming painfully bittersweet.

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May 2012 MPBN

Last summer, Sarah Zeller of Damariscotta, Maine, was living in Kabul, Afghanistan, working for a non-profit. One morning in June, she took an early morning stroll around the compound where she was based. That’s when she first saw a scruffy sheepdog mix the residents nicknamed “Mari.” She was hanging out with the group of stray dogs that lived in the compound. But Zeller says there was something about Mari that set her apart from the rest of the pack.


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Dr Susan

May 2012 The Forecaster

TOPSHAM — Susan Chadima’s life as a veterinarian includes her practice on quiet Foreside Road and on war-torn streets in Afghanistan.

Chadima, who founded the Androscoggin Animal Hospital in 1985, will talk about her experiences at the Topsham Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

With her will be Pen Farthing, a former United Kingdom royal marine who founded Nowzad Dogs, a nonprofit organization that rescues stray and abandoned dogs, cats and donkeys in Afghanistan. The group rehabilitates those animals and locates them new homes in safe places around the globe.


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May 2012 Metro

It’s a year since Bin Laden’s death so you can be forgiven for forgetting about one of the combatants.  However, as President Obama basked in the reflected glory of SEAL Team 6 the spotlight had already fallen firmly on one unlikely team member, a certain four-legged warrior called  Cairo, a Belgian Malinois dog.

The mighty mutt eventually met the US president who said later in a campaign video ‘It wasn’t until I knew that they were across the border, they were safe, everybody was accounted for including the dog,  that, you know, i allowed some satisfaction.’

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Nowzad shelter dogs (8)

May 2012 Reuters

Spot made the clandestine journey from the Afghan Taliban stronghold of Helmand to the capital Kabul, where he is undergoing medical treatment before moving to the United States to live with the family of the Marine who rescued him.

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Pen & Nowzad

Apr 2012 Huffington Post

In 2006, while serving as a Royal Marine Commando in Helmand Province, Sergeant Pen Farthing encountered a battle just outside their operating base of Nowzad. It wasn’t a typical show of combat between men; this was a rough and brutal organised dog fight. Pen stepped in without hesitation to end the vicious display, completely unaware how this action would change his life.

Saved from the brutal bloodbath, one of the dogs, a mangy mongrel with a docked ear, immediately adopted Pen, faithfully following the Sergeant everywhere. They became best buddies and inseparable friends. So strong was their bond that Pen set in motion the necessary procedures to bring his new pal ‘Nowzad’ back home to the West Country of England. After saving one animal, Pen was determined to save more. And thus Nowzad Dogs, a not for profit charity, was born.


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Conrad with Peg

Dec 2011 – The Sun

A FALLEN hero’s family wept as the stray dog he adopted on the front line bounded into their arms yesterday — after her rescue from Afghanistan.

Tears of joy filled the eyes of squaddie Conrad Lewis’s mum, dad and sister as they kept a promise they made to themselves after he was killed aged 22.

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Rio 24 Aug 11

Mar 2012 WRGZ News

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- As staff Sargent Bob Cook’s family stood anxiously awaiting his arrival from a year-long tour in Afghanistan, due to airport policy, one very excited four-legged family member had to stay behind, to wait at home for the soldier who’d saved her life.

The last time Cook saw Rio she was a tiny puppy struggling to survive.


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Nov 2011 US Army

Nowzad is a charity set up to relieve the suffering of stray and abandoned dogs, cats and other animals in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Most people don’t realize the connection that Soldiers and animals make while in a combat zone,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Crocitto, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Strategy and Policy Branch chief, G-3. “It is a bond that is not easily broken and to be able to have those animals come back to the states is a great thing for the Soldiers who befriended them.”

Nowzad was named after the village in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Now Zad, which the British Royal Marines arrived at in 2006. It was organized after Royal Marine Sgt. Pen Farthing and others became attached to some of the local dogs and cats and wanted to be able to bring them home once their tours were completed.

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Nov 2011 WFMY News

New York, NY — The hugs and smiles… say it all. U-S service men and women reunited with the stray dogs they found in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer Zachary Henning was deployed for a year, but it wasn’t a true homecoming until Gus made it.

“I’ve been home for two months and I’ve been waiting for him ever since,” said Henning. “He helped me survive out there and now I’m going to give him a home and allow him to survive now.”

Specialist Sheila Schaffer says these stray dogs give nothing but love, and that’s how they’re saving lives.

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Nov 2011 Daily Mail

They bonded in the heat of battle in war-torn Afghanistan.

And these heart-warming pictures show how the stray dogs who helped soldiers through their toughest times are being thanked – with a new loving home.

US soldiers regularly make best friends with loyal Afghan dogs, who are invaluable companions on the front line and provide relief after days of brave and exhausting fire fights.

And now these lucky pets have been reunited with the servicemen who befriended them with while on duty
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Nov 2011 Buffalo News

News cameras recorded the moving scene Nov. 16 when an American Airlines airlift to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York reunited beaming soldiers from across the United States with the wiggling, tail-wagging, face-licking puppies and dogs they had left behind in Afghanistan.

But there was no soldier there to meet Rio, the 4-month-old black-muzzled tan pup who was saved by Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bob” Cook of Cheektowaga.

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Nov 2011 San Antonio Express

SAN FRANCISCO — Ward Van Alstine is a tough U.S. Marine who, after a somewhat troubled life growing up in Santa Rosa, developed a sense of purpose amid the gunfire, bone-rattling explosions and death in Afghanistan.

The 22-year-old corporal said he became a man during two tours of duty in the war, but it took a starving, battered dog to help him through the worst of it.

Dubai Kennels

Nov 2011 7 Days

UAE experts have helped rescue dozens of animals from war-torn Afghanistan.

Dubai Kennels and Cattery has been working with the charity Nowzad to rescue stray and abandoned animals and then house them in America, usually with military personnel and their families.

The latest batch of 15 animals  – 14 dogs and a cat – arrived in Dubai this week on a flight paid for by American Airlines, and so far the kennel has helped relocate 82 animals. Todd Carson, managing partner at the firm, said: “We work with Nowzad to relocate animals from Afghanistan to other countries, mainly the US.

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