August 18th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Giselle: A soldier's best friend

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By Ben Brody, GlobalPost

At combat outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers often adopt a stray neighborhood dog or two. They provide a huge morale boost for the soldiers there even if they're ornery, diseased and mangy, as the dogs often are.

In Kandahar City, Giselle is the exception — she is healthy, friendly and affectionate.

Soldiers from Apache Troop, 1-10 Cavalry, keep Gisele at their small outpost in the northern part of the city. About the size of a Jack Russell terrier, she trots along with soldiers on patrol every day.

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Apache Troop inherited her from the previous tenants of Combat Outpost 9-1, who took her to a military vet at Kandahar Airfield to get her shots.

"The guys leaving tried to take her with them, but she refused to leave the COP," said Staff Sgt. Bill Godfrey. "She just falls in with whichever soldiers are staying here."

Giselle leads the way back to Combat Outpost 9-1 in Kandahar City after a patrol in the mountains.

While soldiers rest at an Afghan police station, Giselle drinks out of a water bottle.

Giselle is constantly underfoot at Combat Outpost 9-1 – soldiers there have to be careful not to step on her.

Giselle usually follows in one of the soldiers' footprints – a good way to avoid land mines in Kandahar.

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Topics: Afghanistan • Animals

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  1. Name*Cessie

    Contact your Representatives and let them know your thoughts on Military orders concerning pets on FOBS. I know the importance of their role on our Troops first hand. My son was based in Afghanistan and through Puppy Rescue Mission who organized the logistics and fundraising was able to rescue his battle buddy! When I see him play with his dog I can see the tension in him leave. Support our Troops and Thank you for your Service.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  2. LoyaltyOfDogs

    The amazing bonds that dogs and soldiers form with each other today are much like the bonds shared by American Civil War soldiers and the dogs who accompanied them. In the Civil War dogs helped soldiers endure the stress and horror of warfare, shared their hardships, and helped to raise their morale at one of the bleakest times in our nation's history. You can read more about these remarkable dogs here:

    August 21, 2011 at 2:14 am | Reply
  3. mopu887

    very fscinting informtion ! .

    September 8, 2011 at 6:16 am | Reply
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