Tuesday Good News
Who’s a cute puppy – Marshmallow, that’s who. When serviceman Patrick Brady saw the little puppy, he immediately fell in love with her. She and other puppies helped the troops’ morale when they had to quarantine on base due to the pandemic. When it came time for him to return to the US, he contacted SPCA International which helps US troops bring home the pets they’ve bonded with while overseas. The pandemic has added another layer of red tape to the logistics already in place to transport animals which for Marshmallow was a needed plastic screw in her kennel.
“I got a phone call from Lori saying, ‘She’s on the plane; she’s on the plane,’” he said. “As uncharacteristic as it might sound, we both broke down and started to cry a little bit because it was so stressful. After all these months of uncertainty and everything, finally just seeing her board the plane, I couldn’t explain the kind of feeling that I had. It was just the happiest feeling.”
While Brady was quarantining at a military base in NC, Marshmallow stayed with his parents and got her spay surgery. She also acquired a taste for people food which Brady’s dad enables a little by sneaking her table scraps.
Ayan said SPCA International is deeply committed to helping troops keep their pets.
“It’s so important to us because, while none of us civilians can understand what these servicemen and women are going through, I think we can understand on some level that they’re away from their family; they’re in incredibly stressful situations,” she told TODAY. “They are living, basically, on a knife’s edge at all times. And these animals bring them so much comfort and joy and a little bit of a respite from that. … It’s saving animals, and it’s also an honor for us to be able to do this for the people defending our country.”