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Sergeant and dog have happy reunion

Afghan pup starts life in Texas.

By Vetstreet Apr 12, 2013 3:15PM

There was plenty of tail wagging and kisses when 6-month-old Lyla was reunited with Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Burright at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Burright had found the pup while he was serving in Afghanistan and quickly fell for the adorable dog.

Photo: Airman Tom Burright is reunited with his Afghan puppy, Lyla./ CBS Dallas-Fort Worth

“She lived in my room with me. Slept in my bed. I brought her food from the chow hall. She ate everything I did,” said Burright.

But when it was time for him to rotate back to Texas, he couldn’t afford the $4,000 needed to bring her home with him. So, he created a video about their situation and asked The Puppy Rescue Mission, which saves dogs who belong to soldiers, for help. Within six hours, the group had raised the money to bring Lyla to Texas, and the puppy was back with Burright on Wednesday, after spending about a month apart.

Watch it at CBS Dallas-Fort Worth

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Photo: Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Burright is reunited with his Afghan puppy, Lyla./ CBS Dallas-Fort Worth

Apr 12, 2013 6:02PM

well   frist   off    story     lite  a  fire    in  my  azz          u  tell me  whats  wrong  with   your  country  when   the    vise president        of  your   country    can  go   out  and  spend  a  half  million  dollors      two  nites  ina  row    one  million         and  we  cant   spend  a  loosey   four thousand   on  a  militery  guy    than  needs  help   COMING  HOME       UHHUH      ONLY   IN   AMERICA

Apr 12, 2013 6:00PM
Apr 12, 2013 5:51PM

Sorry, why in the world would it cost $4,000 to transport a dog?


Apr 12, 2013 5:49PM

Admire and congrat you !  Sending you all the blessings so your heart keeps its loving glow ... no matter what ! -   Nellie G.


Apr 12, 2013 5:40PM

this should be included in basic training for soldiers when they are deployed (wherever that may be); a brochure on this organization and others so soldiers can immediately contact them for assistance when they're deployed home so they can bring their new friend home with them.



Apr 12, 2013 5:37PM
We need a movie called, "War Dogs," because the many varieties of dogs existing in Europe and America happening from soldiers bringing them home from the world. It's one of the coolest stories about wars...

Apr 12, 2013 5:33PM
Why can't the airlines fly these pets for free for the service men and women? 
Apr 12, 2013 5:31PM
Glad to read something sane and heart-warming for a change.
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