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Responce to Frago & Jesse Homecoming

Hello Everyone,

I received your e-mails & will add everyone to my list. If for some reason you don't receive photo's & video by Christmas, please feel free to contact me once again. So far, I have over two hundred requests, so if you get lost somehow, just contact me again. I will post on this site that Jesse is home giving an idication as to when you should receive e-mails from myself. I cannot thank all of you enough for your support and interest. I want to bring attention to Terry Millburn, along with her friend, & her niece who have been instruemental in raising funds doing numerous fund raisers, not only for Frago, but for all 12 animals that were sent home. Jesse & Frago will be going to visit her to personally thank her, without whose support, Frago may not be here. It costs $3500.00 to get an animal home.

I have also had requests from you to donate money to Frago. I appreciate this, but we are doing fine and I am sure your local organizations could use the help. You may want info for Terry that manages her local shelter & could probably use donations, or you could donate to the afghanstrayanimal site that brought the animals home, as there are more troops there that also have dogs that need funds. Thank you all again, you are all in my, Jesse, & Frago's hearts for your support. I have met many wonderful new friends & will never forget you or this experience. God bless all of you!!

Much Respect, and my love goes out to all of you.

Frago, Jesse, & Jim

James G. Violante
Parkertown, NJ

My beautiful girl, Floyd

This is a picture of my beautiful baby girl, Floyd.

I had wanted to have a cat since I was about 3 or 4 years old, or as long as I can remember. When I turned 18 and moved out of my parent's home, I found a friend who had a litter of kittens that she would be taking to the humane society if they weren't adopted.

About a week after moving in to my own apartment, I took Floyd home.

She was the runt of the litter, and the only kitten with any pink on her nose - my favorite band at the time being Pink Floyd, it only made sense to give this cute little girl a "boy's name'.

Floyd has been with me my entire adult life. I am now 32 years old, and Floyd passed away three weeks ago, in my arms. I am so lost without her, but I know she had a wonderful life - if her life was made as good as she made my life, then she was a very happy and loved little girl.

I now volunteer at our local feral cat shelter, and will find a new friend to have at home with me one day.

But for now, please do what you can to help animals in your area feel love and care, and adopt from your local shelter, or volunteer for a day to play with the animals!

Angela Borman
Fitchburg, WI

LEVI'S STORY

I was devastated when we had to put down Joe our 6 year old German Shepherd/Malamute mix due to a spinal injury. He was the sweetest, most gentle dog you can imagine. It was 2 years before my daughter convinced me she found the perfect dog at the local Humane Society shelter. It was a large reddish brown, skin and bones, depressed and very dirty hound that was found wandering the streets. My heart went out to him. We brought him home that day. To our surprise our vet informed us he was a 2 to 3 year old pure bred Red Doberman whose ears and tail had never been altered. At least he had been spared that pain. Levi was extremely head shy, terrified of loud noises, hands, brooms and small spaces. 12 years later he knows he is much loved, no longer depressed, has learned to play and will gladly put his head in your hands to scratch behind his ears. He is still afraid of loud noises and brooms but in the last year has started going into small areas! Levi turned out to be the best ever puppy sitter. He let our rescue puppy Red Ed crawl all over him and chew on his face and ears. When he had enough Levi would simply pin Red Ed to the floor with his huge paw. Levi is now on thyroid meds and pain meds for his hips but every morning Levi and Red Ed chase the evil squirrels out of the yard then sleep the rest of the day. In the picture our rescue cat Ron has taken over Red Ed's bed.

db
Pomona, CA

Meet Bo Jangles

Hello my name is Bo Jangles, Bo for short! I was adopted from a rescue shelter when I was six weeks old. My Mom and siblings (there were six of us) were abandoned in Friday Harbor and luckily were taken to a wonderful shelter to be raised until we could be adopted. I have a wonderfull family and a new sibling to play with!! His name is Edward and although he is older than me....we get along great!! I love my new Mom and I love my playtime...but most of all I love the LOVE I have everyday! My wish is for all animals to be adpoted into loving homes and enjoy what I enjoy everyday!!

Big Kisses to everyone from Bo!

Lynn
Kirkland, WA

Frago & Jesse

Jesse left Afghan. & is in Russia for a few days, next stop Indiana, then home around 12 Dec. We have our camera's ready for the re-union. We are putting Frago in a room so Jesse can great his three little doggies, then the re-union. I just can't wait!! I will e-mail anyone interested in seeing video or photo's, just send your e-mail address: jgviolante@comcast.net Thank all of you for your support during this trying time. We have come a long way since Jesse rescuing Frago from his beatings & torture. Frago has filled out nicely and is a gentle loving pal. After saving Frago, he would run away from everyone, was starving and had wounds from beatings, plus being shot at. Frago now runs up to us for his constant hugs and kisses and massages. He is full of love and will be a huge surprise to Jesse to see what Frago has turned out to be. He is loved by everyone and is a big hit. I am giving a talk at a combined veterans club with Frago Friday evening. They all want to meet Frago and all of them will be passing the word to donate to this site and the AfghanStrayAnimal site that got Frago and eleven other dogs from Jesses' unit home. All twelve will be re-united shortly. Thank you all again for your kind words and support in this venture.

Jim, Frago, & Jesse

James G. Violante
Parkertown, NJ

Stanley in the lap of luxury

Driving home from a beach vacation last year, we spotted a kitten trying to dash across a busy highway. It may not be legal to back down the breakdown lane but - well, a kitten's life was at stake! Scrawny, flea-ridden and starved, this little guy wasn't sure about the humans trying to lure him from the underbrush. But once in the car, he turned 3 times in my lap and settled down to purr. Since my 4 cats really didn't need any more competition, as hard as it was to let him go I knew I had to find him a home. And what a home he's got! One of my best friends had been at a loss after the last of her elderly and well loved cats had died. A match made in heaven! So off to his new home went Stanley, and as you can see, he's been rolling in the lap of love and luxury ever since.

AvB
Alexandria, VA

Finding Nemo

Last December my newphew sent an email with the attached picture. He was trying to find a home for a dog that had been left behind when his owners moved away. They still owned the property and promised neighbors they would return every other day to feed the dog. As time went on the vists were less and less frequent. Thankfully the neighbors were keeping an eye on little Halo, feeding him and letting him out when they could. But he was still living alone in a cold, dark house. After a handful of emails my son and I hit the road for a 2 hour drive to Find Nemo (he was living by the ocean). From the start he was a joy. So full of love and puppy playfulness. He immediately fit right in with our other 4 dogs. He makes the most endearing grunt sounds when he's content curled up next to us. Almost like he's saying I know I'm home. It's been a year and he's happy and healthy and we can't imagine not having him as part of our family.

Linda
Philadelphia, PA

My angel...Mater.

I rescued a totally blind Aussie Mix, Patches, from a shelter. She passed away suddenly after only 2 years. She needed me to guide her and when she passed, I could barely stand the pain. Two days after her death, a picture of this one-eyed Aussie mix appeared on my computer. I rescued him from from a shelter and he looked so much like Patches. I know she sent him to me from Heaven. We named this sweet guy Mater--we named him after a character in the Disney movie Cars. Tow Mater was a broken down tow truck with a missing headlight. Since he had a missing eye, we thought it was an appropriate name. I always adopt "flawed dogs" because they are the most beatiful in my eyes. This guy deserves some fame. Please pick him to give a shout out to all the flawed pups out there that deserve a chance!

Wendy Pudlak
Bethel Park, PA

Middle needed New

RESCUED CANDI FROM NO KILL SHELTER when she was 3 months old just as my oldest dog was at the age she had to be put down witch would have made my middle dog wood have bin lonely since she was always with some other another dog in her life It has bin an adventure but I would not give her up for any thing she is that special Candi is the black one

tom culak
Chicago, IL

Abandoned for a bad heart

Mother nature can be just as cruel as some humans.

This beautiful, brown, long haired cat was abadnoned by his Feral mother at 3 weeks old because he has was "not perfect". We were not looking for another cat when this sweet, cold, and starving little boy popped out of a hollow tree two days before Halloween and stole our hearts. Our vet said he would probably not live to be 5 weeks old because he was so young and had a heart murmur. But a year later, Max is a fun loving ball of fur who lives happily with his human parents his "big brother" Gus (a black cocker spaniel), and his sister Mihn (who is actually his feral sister that we rescued at 6 mos.)

He loves to hide in the laundry basket and this day was no exception. "Oh, sorry Mom, were these clean clothes?"

Please have your pets spayed and neutered so that no more precious babies have to be abandoned.

Tammy Wildenstein
Candor, NY
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