Dogs and humans create close friendship relationships all around the world. When given the chance, dogs’ genuine noble nature shines through, from warm couches to distant battlefields.
A homeless dog waited for someone to adore him even in the war-torn country of Iraq. He’d been wounded, had his ears cut off, and had no identity, yet he remained hopeful that someone would come to his aid.
Someone arrived one day in the desert with three Humvees, which came to a halt beside the dog. Major Brian Dennis, a Marine, saw the dog and approached him. He soon gained the dog’s trust and began sharing his food with Nubs, the starving puppy.
“He just kind of jumped up and I started playing with him as soon as I met him,” Dennis recalled. “He simply kind of flipped over the first time we met.” I began rubbing his stomach. My entire team and I just kind of bonded with him the moment we met him.”
Nub’s wounds were healed, and he was given a warm bed, nourishment, and love for the first time in his life. He started to like the Major, but fate had other ideas for the two new acquaintances. Major Dennis needed to transfer to a different station, and Nubs was not permitted to accompany him.
The devoted Nubs didn’t let the scenario deter them from pursuing his Marine. Despite the bitter cold, Nubs followed his Humvee across the desert for 75 miles, determined to stay with Major Dennis.
“That is the great enigma.” “No one has any idea how he accomplished it,” Dennis explained. “However, when he saw the direction we were going, he just took off in that direction; he ended up traveling 70, 75 miles or so, and he met our squad.” When he walked up, it was the most bizarre sight I’d ever seen. It was simply incredible.”
“One of my Marines dashed in, screaming, ‘You’re not going to believe who’s outside.’ I assumed he was referring to a specific individual. ‘Who’s outside?’ I’m thinking. ‘Nubs is outside,’ he says.
Despite the prohibition on pets, the Marines constructed a dog house for Nubs and kept him safe inside. Everything was OK until someone complained to the higher-ups, and Major Dennis was ordered to remove the nubs.
He began making plans to ship Nubs to San Diego since he couldn’t bear to part with the brave dog. The idea was costly and difficult to carry out, but with the support of the other Marines, they began accumulating funds and making connections with people who could assist.
Nubs flew to his new forever home in March 2008. Dennis followed him a month later. Nubs has now passed away, but his incredible narrative of the significance of saving these dogs’ lives inspired a book, Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt, Marine, and a Miracle, to be written about him.