Zack McEntire rescued Mimi from a garage pit in Afghanistan. He needs $6,000 for expenses to bring her to the United States.
Zack McEntire is fighting battles on two fronts, serving in Afghanistan and finding a way to bring his beloved puppy home when his tour ends in about a month.
McEntire, a U.S. Army specialist from Aledo, found the Afghan hound named Mimi in a 50-foot “garbage burn pit” filled with medical waste in March, said his mother, Nancy McEntire.
“I can see him climbing down in to the pit to rescue the dog; he’s been a dog lover all of his life,” his mother said.
Zack McEntire, 26, has always been compassionate toward dogs, rescuing strays as a child.
“He would always say, look what I found. We have to feed it,” his mother said.
Bringing Mimi home will not be easy. The cost is around $6,000 to cover the flight, quarantine and veterinary expenses.
Zack McEntire rescued Mimi from a garage pit in Afghanistan.Paws of War
McEntire is getting help raising the money from Paws of War, a nonprofit organization in Long Island, N.Y., that helps soldiers who want to return home with their dogs. Donations can be made through “Operation Saving Mimi.” Paws of war also trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD.
“Zack’s mom reached out to us,” said Robert Misseri, a co-founder of Paws of War. “Zack was concerned that he would have to leave Mimi behind, and it would have weighed heavily on his heart. Zack is a big animal lover. I said, ‘We are prepared to help you.’ ”
Misseri said that arrangements are being made to take Mimi to a quarantine shelter, where she will spend 30 days getting shots and veterinary care before flying to the United States. Paws of War has a partnership with Nowzad Dogs in Afghanistan for sheltering and providing medical care to the dogs.
“I know that I saved Mimi from that burn pit, but in a way I feel like she saved me,” McEntire said in a news release. “I can’t imagine leaving her behind. We belong together and it means a lot to me to be able to take her home to Texas with me.”
McEntire graduated from the fire academy at Weatherford College before joining the military. He also served in South Korea, Nancy McEntire said.
McEntire is stationed in a remote, mountainous area, and communications are difficult. Zack texts his mother when he can.
“Mimi is the comfort of home for Zack,” Nancy said. “He considers her his angel, and she makes him feel peaceful.”
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."