Soldiers at a military training camp were on their way to the mess hall to have breakfast when they were greeted by an unusual sight. Just outside the door was a stray dog sitting, watching them pass by. It was unusual because the camp didn’t have dogs and strays didn’t usually wander in.
The dog looked healthy and clean so they assumed that someone owned it. They called the local shelter and asked them to pick the dog up. They thought that the owner must be worried and looking for her, and being in a shelter will make their search easier. Soon after, the dog was picked up and taken away.
But that was not the last they’ve seen of her.
A few days later, the dog was back.
Apparently, the dog jumped over the fence and walked more than ten kilometers to return to the camp. This time, the soldiers didn’t call the shelter.
They sincerely wanted to help the dog find its owner. But they could only do that in their free time. They spend their days, from early morning until night, doing drills and training. And amazingly, the dog trained with them.
The stray, a Border Collie which they called Collie, would join them every day. She would be up early with them during morning formation and has even learned to salute. She would be part of the unit when they march, run, or do wildlife survival training. She never faltered, always there to support the guys.
Sometimes, she would even stand guard at the camp gate. Barking at civilians who try to come near.
Showered with love
In return for her loyalty and faithfulness, the soldiers showered her with love. They would share their food with her and take turns playing with the lovable pooch. Every time a unit gets a break time, the dog would be there with them too. They would give her rubs and pat her on the neck. They even bought toys for her.
But they knew that they still had to find her owner. They had her checked by a vet and they did not find a microchip. They also printed some flyers and showed them around the neighboring areas. The kind soldiers spent days looking for the dog’s owners but they just couldn’t find them.
So they decided to foster her. They built her a doghouse where she could be comfortable. They will continue to provide for their needs until her owners come or they find a suitable family to adopt her. Until then, she is in the army now.
Source: SBS TV via Youtube