Ratchet, the puppy who was rescued from a burning trash pile in Iraq by American soldiers, finally made it to American soil in October with a little help from a rescue group called Operation Baghdad Pups.
His rescuer, Army Spec. Gwen Beberg, returned from her tour of duty on Saturday and Ratchet was among the group of about 60 who gathered at a Minnesota VFW hall to welcome her.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
[Beberg's] parents, Pat and Ted Beberg, have been caring for Rachet, a feisty substitute for the daughter they hadn't seen in person since September 2007. Beberg already is registered for fall classes at Northwestern Health Sciences University to study massage therapy. She also wants to train Ratchet to be a therapy dog.For more information on Operation Baghdad Pups, check them out on the web.
So far, the transition from the scorching desert to subzero Minnesota has gone well.
Beberg bent low and nuzzled her dog, who acted as if he'd left her only that morning. "He loves Minnesota. He thinks it's one gigantic field of treats."
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