Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ratchet Lands Stateside

Ratchet, the 6-month-old Baghdad puppy who almost Met His Maker in Iraq because of Silly Army Rules, landed in DC, of all places, Monday afternoon.

As you may recall, Sgt. Gwen Beberg of Minneapolis adopted Ratchet while stationed in Iraq. She wanted to fly the pup home, but the Army, at first, said "No." Something about soldiers not being able to have "pets" while serving their country.

An organization called Operation Baghdad Pups marshalled the forces of animal-lovers worldwide, collecting more than 67,000 online signatures (including Yours Truly!) on an online petition, which caused the Army to change its bureaucratic mind. The puppy was on a flight to DC two days ago. From there he was headed to the Twin Cities, where Sgt. Beberg's Mom will take care of Ratchet until his own Mommy comes home. Thanks to Z's Mom for alerting us to this important issue, and keeping us posted on Ratchet's progress, and thanks to all our Bloggy Friends for getting involved.

11 comments:

Does Anybody Hear Me said...

I read in the paper that Ratchet was spared!! I guess the petition worked. I am so glad!!

Melissa B. said...

Yay for Ratchet! I saw on Katie Couric (or was it Brian Williams? They're all the same to moi!) that Ratchet was at Dulles Airport outside DC the other day. I'm glad that so many cared so much about this cute little puppy!

Sandi McBride said...

So glad that Ratchet found such a wonderful Mom and Grandmom and so many friends making a miracle happen. You know, world wide, a pup or a kitten still grab the heartstrings...
Sandi

mannequin said...

Oh Veggie Mom...what a wonderful, wonderful cause.
Thank you for this story! Let's just hope that now that the bureaucrats have changed their minds that lots of other animals can find their way to safe, loving homes.
I'm quite proud of you Veggie Mom!

Lynda said...

I wonder if Ratchet speaks English yet? ;-)

Marrdy said...

I heard this on the news Monday night! So happy for Ratchet! See sometimes even one person can make a difference. But it really helps if it's over 60,000!

gingela5 said...

I read this somewhere else! I'm so excited for the dog/owner! yaya!

Tara R. said...

How cool is that! Great spirit lifting story. Thanks for the update.

Z's Mom said...

Thanks for continuing to mention this on your blog to help get the signatures needed!!!

Wasn't this story much more fun to watch than the election coverage??? We've got 2 more weeks...who else can we save??? :)

Rhea said...

Aww, he's adorable! I'm so glad he's getting a good home. What an awesome project!

AndBabyWillMake4 said...

Yay for Ratchet!!