Pen Farthing is our Dog Hero of the Year: Reuniting The Military with Overseas Dogs


One of our favorite videos that we post here on Puppytoob is one of a soldier coming home to reunite with his or her dog.  It’s a moment that you simply never get tired of.   Which brings us to Pen Farthing and Nowzad dogs.  Since 2007, the organization has reunited hundreds of soldiers with the stray dogs and cats they rescued while serving on the front lines.

“On every single street corner in Kabul you will find stray dogs,” said Farthing, a former Royal Marine sergeant who founded the nonprofit. “To be able to get that animal home to them, it closes the loop. … They don’t want to just abandon that animal.”

So what’s the story behind Nowzad?  Farthing knows firsthand what the relationship between a soldier and dog is dating back to 2006.   While on patrol in Afghanistan, he and his troop encountered a dog fight. “We broke up that dog fight not realizing that one of those dogs was actually going to adopt me,” said Farthing, 45. The dog followed Farthing back to base. They became friends, and Farthing named him Nowzad, after the town where he saved him.

Nowzad lived with Farthing in Britain for the last six years until the dog’s recent death. For Farthing, he was a constant reminder of their journey.  We just want to thank Pen for all the work he’s done.  Here’s a great video about Pen’s story and Nowzad.

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