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Dogs Adopted by Soldiers in Afghanistan Coming Home

OP1 and his person snuggle
OP1 and his person snuggle

Charles Schultz once said, "Happiness is a warm puppy." If that's true, then it's no surprise that fully-grown dogs are providing immeasurable amounts of happiness and contentment to human beings whose lives are filled with constant stress and violence.

The wives of two soldiers in Afghanistan who experienced this canine comfort firsthand have helped raise more than $6,000 through Facebook to bring home the dogs with whom their husbands bonded in the war-torn country, according to the Associated Press.

The first dog, called OP1, began to follow soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division back to firebase after patrol. The soldiers would feed OP1 food from their MREs, and the dog would brighten their day with loads of affection. Sgt. Mark Webber told the AP:


The other pooch, a female dog named Smiley, also connected with the soldiers - and with OP1. Sgt. Webber's wife Amanda teamed up with fellow Army wife Sonya Luedeman to find a way to bring the dogs back to the United States. With the help of a rescue group (and money raised on a Facebook page) the two dogs are on on route to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they will be adopted by two different families on base.

By the way, Smiley is pregnant. No word if OP1 is the father.