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Soldier saves cat in Afghanistan

'He pulled me out of one of my darkest times.'

By Vetstreet Mar 22, 2013 3:11PM

In December 2011, when Staff Sgt. Jesse Knotts was at his base in Afghanistan mourning the loss of two friends who were killed by a suicide bomber, something unexpected arrived to ease his pain: a cat, who suddenly jumped in his lap.

Photo: Staff Sgt. Jesse Knotts helped Koshka the cat after the cat helped him / KPTV Although Knotts knew pets were not allowed, he couldn’t help but develop a companionship with the feline, whom he named Koshka, which is Russian for "cat."

He didn’t think Koshka was safe living in Afghanistan, so with the help of a brave local interpreter, Knotts got the animal to Kabul, and his parents footed a $3,000 bill to fly Koshka from there to their home in Oregon.

"He pulled me out of one of my darkest times, so I had to pull him out of one of his darkest places," Knotts said.

— Read it at CNN’s Headline News and watch it at Oregon’s KPTV

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Photo: Staff Sgt. Jesse Knotts helped Koshka the cat after the cat helped him / KPTV

Mar 29, 2013 3:20AM
He and his parents are great people!!  Imagine what that poor cat's fate would have been if S.Sgt. Knotts hadn't come along.  Bless him and his parents always.
Mar 28, 2013 3:35PM
God Bless you & your kitty, what wonderful story it really shows how much animals and humans do need one another to help heal the pain of loss..
Mar 27, 2013 1:18AM
Wow, I'm psyched that both a kitty and a human have found a new partner. Funnily enough, one of my cats is named Koshka too :) I'm glad his Koshka is now happy.
Glad to see him save the cat and the military can't afford any bad press by enforcing the no pets rule they have. God knows some muslim thug would have probably eaten the poor cat.
Mar 26, 2013 6:02PM
Awwww! That's so wonderful of him to do that for that poor cat! God Bless him! That's a very pretty cat too! Thank goodness we have good hearted people yet in this world!
Mar 25, 2013 7:50AM
Mar 23, 2013 4:56PM
who are th a-holes who "thumbs-down" the comments on stories like these????
Mar 23, 2013 12:34AM

I love people who love animals. Thanks, soldier. A happy life to you both.


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