When a soldier lost his mom, he was already devastated. He missed her, but had her little four-legged friend to keep him company. So imagine the heartbreak he was feeling when he got his deployment orders and learned that he would not be able to keep her beloved companion, Prinny.
Prinny was more than 12 years old at the time the soldier dropped her off at the shelter. The soldier knew that that meant the dog would have a hard time finding a forever home. People want to adopt puppies, but the sweet older dogs often go overlooked.
But the soldier had no choice, so he did what he could to give Prinny a fighting chance.
What happened next is absolutely beautiful. The shelter wanted to ease the soldier’s pain so they wrote this heart-felt letter.
Grab a whole box of tissues before you read this one. I couldn’t get through the first paragraph without sobbing.
You don’t know me, but I know of you. I know you were heading to Darwin and then being deployed to Iraq. You are probably going through more than what anyone can ever imagine – and I wanted to ease your mind by letting you know your Mum’s dog Prinny is safe and happy with us at Rescued With Love.
I know your Mum passed away and I am so sorry for your loss. Losing parents is hell, and to have to give up Prinny and surrender her to the RSPCA because you had no option would have been an unbearable burden.
I read your surrender form, which came with her paperwork, and my heart broke for you, for Prinny and for your Mum. You wrote such beautiful things about Prinny, and what a gorgeous girl she is. You were right, she certainly is.
We know Prinny is 12 years and 4 months – and it is not easy to rehome a dog that age, I guess you know that, and thought you would give her a chance anyway. The RSPCA did their best, and she was with them for ages – and then a phone call from a kind lady found Prinny on her way to us – and I want to tell you about her new home. If it’s ok, I want to tell you a little about that.
Prinny was adopted before she even came to us, because her foster Dad Brendan is a Veteran.
He heard about Prinny’s predicament – and wanted to step up regardless. I asked he and his wife to just wait and foster her – but it seems I didn’t need to be cautious at all. Prinny has fallen in love with her Dad, and he with her, and they are now inseparable, and very very loved.
I don’t know where you are, or how to find you to tell you Prinny is safe. Maybe this will find you. All I know is my throat ached when I read your writing on that form when you handed her over – and I could not try to let you know she is safe, and very happy. Stay safe, soldier.
Kind regards, Kae Norman, Founder, Rescued With Love Inc."
Thank God for touching the veteran’s heart and sending Prinny a guardian angel to adopt her and love her. We’re so glad that Prinny's story has a happy ending. Let’s all continue to pray that this soldier's story will have a happy ending, too.
Here is another story about a veteran's dog be rehomed:
Here is a dog who takes a tough journey to find his forever home!