I think this one will warm your heart…
SO MANY HUMANS CAME TOGETHER TO SAVE ONE LITTLE BURRO WHO HAD HELPED THEIR HEARTS DURING WARTIME.
So often, we read horrible stories of how animals are unloved, neglected and abused by humans. In this story, SMOKE THE DONKEY by Cate Folsom, we see how many, many humans (spearheaded by Col. John Folsom) went above and beyond to do the remarkable – bring this mascot burro, who helped so many service men and women emotionally survive during wartime, to safety in the USA.
Think about it. In a time when most service animals are left in foreign countries and not brought back, here we have a donkey who was native to Iraq, yet he was so loved, and people pulled so hard to retrieve him, that Smoke was flown to the USA to be with the friends he aided.
SUCH A TOUCHING STORY
What I loved was that the story is true… and that the author, Cate Folsom, spent so much time researching the story by interviewing as many of those touched by Smoke as possible. Shining the light off so many souls really tells the story completely. You hear and feel the love from several types of humans so that you as a reader, are elevated.
For me, to hear a gruff military officer try not to show his obvious adoration for the donkey while another serviceman didn’t say much but sent his men to build a corral for Smoke out of scrap wood… how everyone wanted to feed, walk, groom and care for Smoke… how pilots and people ‘with pull’ remembered the burro and assisted in his return… all these stories and experiences came together to lift this little soul thousands of miles from Iraq to the US – through all that red tape – successfully.
This story just fills you… it fills you to know that your fellow countrymen pulled off a huge feat – for a donkey they loved.
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A VIDEO OF SMOKE TAKEN CHRISTMAS DAY, 2011
Safe in his new home… click here to watch the video.