|Soldiers with puppy Target|
Anyway, what happened was that these three dogs started hanging out around an outpost where there were some U.S. soldiers, and the soldiers made friends with the dogs and fed them some of their rations, because they didn't have any yummy dog food to feed them. And the soldiers were lonely and homesick, so it was nice for them to have the dogs around to play with and pet and love on.
|Sgt. Duke and Rufus|
Well, then what happened was that on February 22, a suicide bomber from the Taliban tried to sneak into the compound in the middle of the night and kill all the soldiers. But the three dogs noticed him and started barking a whole bunch, and Rufus bit the man on the leg. And some of the soldiers didn't know what was going on, so they were yelling at the dogs to shut up. But then the Taliban guy got the barracks door open and just barely got inside, and because of the dogs, he went ahead and blew himself up before he got any farther.
Anyway, in March a bunch of the soldiers went back home, including Sgt. Duke and Sgt. Young. They were sad because they thought they would never see Rufus and Target again, and they would never even know what happened to these dogs who had saved their lives. But then a group called Puppy Rescue Mission heard the story of Rufus and Target, and they worked with some other groups to raise enough money to bring the dogs to the United States.
|Sgt. Young, Target, and Oprah|
So anyway, that's the story of three dogs who did something very brave to save their humans during a war. But the interesting thing is that these dogs were not trained to be military dogs. They were just ordinary heroes, which lots of dogs turn out to be. And maybe that's the best kind of hero of all.