Soldiers from Scotland arrived in Afghanistan to begin their tour of duty when they encountered an abandoned dog who was later named Frankie, reports Sky News
Sgt Jamie Campbell was the first to arrive at the base to prepare it for the rest of the troops. He discovered Frankie living among rats and cockroaches just trying to survive.
Frankie was originally raised to be used in dog fighting which was indicated by his ears and tail being cut. He was abandoned when his breeders found he wasn't aggressive enough. The troops swept in and adopted him, making him their mascot.
Frankie now has a prime spot in the mess hall where he's fed table scraps. He occasionally joins the troops on patrols, but is left on base with some snacks and water, due to the danger outside of the compound, reports the news source.
Sgt Campbell has bonded with Frankie and plans on taking him back home to Scotland with him to be his family dog once he has completed his tour.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between six and eight million animals are cared for by animal rescue
shelters after being abandoned.