Soldier's 'Nervous' Dog From Iraq Won't Remember Him Until Finally He Opens Crate Door
FaithTap Staff 12/5/2018
The bond between humans and dogs is one that runs deep. They've provided companionship, relieved us of stress, and showed us the true meaning of unconditional love. If you were lucky enough to grow up with a dog or happen to be raising a four-legged friend right now, then the story you're about to read is sure to lift your spirits.
Amidst the dangerous war in the Middle East are heroes in the form of military members. One of them is Nick Pierzchalski, a pilot for the Florida Army National Guard. For almost a year, Nick piloted Blackhawk helicopters to lift wounded soldiers out of harm's way. Though he saved dozens of lives, there was one in particular that touched him the most.
The pup that captured Nick's heart was Airys. She may not have been a soldier or a civilian, but she touched Nick's heart in ways he won't forget. It all started when the shepherd mix walked up to their group one day. Her friendly nature and cheerful disposition prompted Nick's group to take her back to base. There, they created a kennel and took great care of her.
In return, Airys showered them with love. Despite being a feral desert dog, the whole group felt like they took a piece of home along with them. Nick told Fox 13:
"It brought great morale to me and the whole group felt like a piece of home. She'd hang out with us. She was constantly with us."
After returning home, Nick was forced to leave Airys behind. He was urged by his fellow soldiers to take the pup and give her the life she always deserved. With the help of SPCA International and Operation Baghdad Pups, Airys' big journey towards her forever home was well on its way.
Sure enough, the big reunion was all things special. Airys was wheeled on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport as the Fox 13 cameras started to roll. She may have been exhausted from a long flight - but that all changed as soon as she spotted Nick. The lovely dog couldn't hide her excitement any longer! The minute she was released from her travel crate, Airys burrowed into Nick's arms.
Nick and Airys were all smiles when they reunited. The Florida soldier shared just how relieved he was being recognized by his old friend. Now that Airys has safely landed, she can start exploring, touch grass for the first time, and even chase squirrels!
Watch the heartwarming reunion in the video below. Better get your tissues ready because it's quite the emotional ride!