While U.S. serviceman Cameron Marin was assigned in Erbil, Iraq in March, he and his colleagues would usually spot several stray dogs around their active runway. The dogs eventually became regular visitors in their base, but among the few who came to the site, one dog caught Cameron’s attention.
You see, the said pup, who he later named Sunny, had an adorable habit of laying in the mud every morning. Intrigued by his creative routine, Cameron decided to get his attention one day. The canine surprisingly obeyed and happily jogged towards the serviceman for a few pets and belly rubs.
Since then, Sunny came to the base every day to see his new friend. In return for each visit, Cameron would feed the pup with his leftovers and shower him with tons of affection. The pair seemed to grow closer and closer each day, and by the time the serviceman’s deployment was almost over, he couldn’t bear leaving Sunny in Iraq anymore.
So before returning to the U.S., he decided to search for ways to fly the pup back to New Hampshire with him. That was when he learned about the animal protection organization called SPCA International and their Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program.
Cameron reached out to the organization right away, asking for assistance in bringing Sunny home. Representatives from SPCA International immediately connected him to a local shelter in Erbil, who took care of everything on behalf of the soldier. In no time at all, Sunny was flown to New York while Cameron finished his deployment.
The serviceman’s wife picked the pup from the airport and introduced him to their other dog, Cowboy Joe. The pair quickly warmed up to each other on their first meeting. And so far, Sunny seemed to be enjoying life in his new home.
Cameron shares that although the pup is picking up new hobbies, his goofy personality didn’t change at all. Watch the duo’s adorable story here.
Courtesy of WMUR-TV