The story of Echo/Bacon, as told by her soldier:
Hello, my name is Echo. I’m The Bacon Cat! I was born in a far-away land called Afghanistan, but it was really dusty there and I didn’t like it much. I decided I needed more friends because I was hungry and friends always give you food. One day I noticed some people walking around who were kind of hard to see. Their fur was the same color as all the dust! I decided that they would make good friends and so I introduced myself and low and behold! Food! Bacon even! They let me eat all the bacon I could fit in my belly. They started calling me Bacon and even gave me the name Echo because I like talking so much. They pet me and fed me and in return I kept them company when they were up late at night. I really liked these people and one day one of them promised me that he would take me home! I wasn’t sure what that meant, but it sure sounded exciting!
Suddenly, my friend with a home disappeared! He was nowhere to be found and I searched all over the place even. The people that were left still took good care of me. They fed me and gave me pets and I still gave them plenty of company, but my friend was missing. Then one day I was taken to a whole new place with all new people. I was super scared, but they had food still so I figured they were friends too. Then I was put in a small box in a dark place for a long time. I thought my days with friends were at an end. For a little kitty from Afghanistan, I have to admit that I wasn’t surprised. Kitties where I’m from don’t have friends for long. After what seemed like forever with my ears popping and lots of loud noises I was suddenly reintroduced to daylight!
There was a nice lady there who gave me treats and talked real sweet to me. She took me to the doctor and told me I was a sweet little kitty. I already knew that, but it was nice to hear still. After another really long ride in a small cage she finally said I had reached home! I had no idea it would be such a long adventure, but I was super happy to be there finally and be reunited with my long lost friend from another land.
Finally I was reunited with my good friend, and as friends are wont to do, he fed me. A lot! I even had new kitty friends to pal around with. It has been amazing! I spend my days looking out huge windows and all the green grass and little birdies flying around. There is all kinds of places for me to scratch and climb and lounge and my new family is just the greatest. I have befriended a little white kitty who likes to play and chase with me. There are all kinds of toys here too, and did I mention the food? It’s a never ending supply! I find myself in a constant state of purr and it is the happiest this kitty has ever been. Thank you Nowzad for letting this kitty and many other of my fellow Afghan fuzzies have a chance at a comfortable life with people who love us.
Here's some little trivia about Echo the Bacon Cat:
She arrived at Nowzad in an ammo crate the soldiers made for her. What? The Army doesn't supply animal crates? Lol...afraid not :)
She is the only cat in her new house without an "S" name. Her brothers and sisters are Snort, Sniffles, Scruffles and Sophie. She has made them a real family. Even Sophie who has never played with the others is now playing with Bacon!!
Echo the Bacon Cat even has her own Facebook page - check it out here.