Arnhem was found on the 17th September 2008 (the 64th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem, hence the name) by lads from the UK Pathfinders. She was seen at the side of the road by a member of the passing patrol, looking miserable and very poorly. The lads stopped, scooped her up and continued on their route back to camp. They soon realised that she was very weak and vulnerable, having been separated from her mother at such a young age (approx. three and a half weeks old).
It was quickly decided by the blokes that she couldn’t be returned to the wild as she wouldn’t last five minutes without a parent to look after her and raise her, so she was smuggled into the accommodation pods and kept for one week in a cardboard box, regularly let out to sniff and wrestle with stray socks and wash bags.
By this time the lads had been in touch with our Nowzad charity and of course we were only too happy to assist with getting Arnhem out of harm’s way.
The Pathfinder lads loved having Arnhem with them; a Labrador type dog with blonde fur (although as far as actual breeds go you can never be too sure with these Afghan cross-breeds) even when she enjoyed chewing socks, sandals and their feet at times! Arnhem was just so sociable and always enjoyed lending a paw whilst the lads cleaned their weapons at the bottom of the compound. Arnhem was successfully reunited to live with one of those soldiers in the UK.