Soldier Reunited With the Puppy He Saved in the War in Afghanistan (VIDEO)

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lylaWhen is the last time you had a good cry? Did you have your dog beside you while you did it? Then grab the tissues, because you're about to get all blubbery when you hear how a soldier was reunited with the puppy he rescued while serving our country in Afghanistan.

Tom Burright saw a lot of homeless, sick, and starving dogs in the streets while he was deployed, and when he spotted a little ball of fur out there, he knew he couldn't leave her to die. He brought Lyla back to the base, and you know what happened next.

She became his best friend and morale booster for the whole bunch of guys.

Not surprising to anyone who has ever owned a dog, really. They aren't called man's best friend for nothing. Dogs give us something people can't; soft ears to dry our tears, and unconditional love no matter HOW hard the day has been.

For men and women in the armed forces, the bond is particularly close. A dog will often serve as their family and best friend both while they're far from home. The bond they form is unbreakable.

As Marine Jay Kopelman explained in his 2008 memoir, From Baghdad With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava:

... I really like what I am -- a Marine. I like being strong. I like being brave. I like going in first. I want to go in first, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let anyone shoot my puppy.

So imagine forming that bond with an animal ... and then having to leave them behind when your deployment is up. It's unthinkable, right?

Tom Burright's little Lyla saved his soul in a warzone, and he wanted to save her, he wanted to bring her home. But he was helpless. He makes a military salary. He didn't have $4,000 to cover the expenses of bringing her home.

I haven't been in war, but I do have a dog, and the only thing I can relate to is the feeling of watching my beloved boxer/hound mix as she ages. She has stood by my side for 10 years, propped me up when I was down. She has saved me, and I am helpless to do much to help her with her cataracts and her arthritis save for take her to the vet and shell out large sums for the best treatment I can. 

So now the part that will make you cry. The Internet stepped up. The Puppy Rescue Mission, a non-profit that works to reunited soldiers and their beloved pups, heard about his plight and got it out to caring people who understand the relationship between man and beast. People gave money. Lyla just today made it to Texas, to the loving arms of her soldier.

She's been saved! Check this little girl out:

What is your relationship with your dog? Have they saved you?


Image via Tom Burright

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nonmember avatar blue

My dogs are incredible. I love them as much as I love my people family. That puppy is seriously one of the cuties puppies, that I've ever seen. That wagging tail!!

LostS... LostSoul88

AWWW!!! I get my puppy in a week and I am so excited to have her. 

nonmember avatar NoWay

I am saddened that it cost $4000 to send a family member home with a soldier. The least the military or airlines could do is send them for free or at least a fraction of that cost. :-/

nonmember avatar cindy

I've had several dogs in my adult life and could not imagine my life without any of them. They are your best friends. As a mother of a former Marine his best friend is probably the only thing that he feels is a constant and dependable comfort in his life. These guys come home with many struggles, there is nothing like a dog to help with those. His rescue has been a blessing for him.

Amber Sechrist

this made me ball for three reasons. i am a big animal lover two because of what that man does for are counrty and still shows he cares about an aminal and three cause im pregnant i cry about everything. he did a wonderful thing for that dog. she prob would have died with out him

Lisa Ann Spilman

Oh, so precious! I am a Veteran and have some health issues and at night when everyone else is asleep and I'm up struggling with my pain or nausea, one of our two sweet little schnauzers will come sit by my side, lick the tears away, and comfort me.They epitomize what unconditional love is all about!

Love Being Nana

This is such an amazing video. What a beautiful puppy ....she just steals your heart.... If you love dogs and support our military, you have to watch this.. I know my husband, who is in the Air Force and been to Afgahinstan so many times, has pictures of a dog, they kept on base called Strawberry. Who gave them so small piece of normalcy by having a pet there. This story is beautiful... Thank you Tom Burright and lyla for sharing this incredible story. So glad, she has a forever home with you, where she belongs........

Lorraine Simons

What a adorable puppy. So glad this soldier was able to rescue this dog

AJ Hoffman

Every day. Mine save me every single day.

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