A puppy is waiting to be brought to a new home in Scandinavia.
Kathleen and Earl Lois have agreed to adopt Honey, a puppy their son Zac found abandoned in Afghanistan.
“I want you to take her and give her a loving and caring home,” Zac said when he skyped his parents at Christmastime.
Zac Lois is the captain of a Green Beret Special Forces unit in the remote mountains of Afghanistan. It is his fourth deployment overseas.
“How do you say no to your son who is fighting a war so we can all live free?” Kathleen Lois said.
In Afghanistan, dogs allegedly are used for dog fights and for food; they are not treated as pets.
“Saving one dog won’t save the world, but it will save the world for that one dog,” Kathleen Lois said. “We would love to get Honey here so she can have a nice life.”
In order to get Honey to the U.S., a total of $4,000 needs to be raised. The funds help cover the cost of quarantine, airfare, shots, food, etc.
To donate, search for the Facebook page: “Honey by Nowzad Louise – GoFundMe.”
According to the Nowzad website: “The life of Afghan animals is not one of comfort at the best of times; most of the day is spent hunting for scraps of food or hiding from the hot desert sun during the summer or the freezing cold of a desert winter night. There is definitely no pampered pet status in Afghanistan.”
Kathleen and Earl Lois know Honey will enjoy their home in Scandinavia. The puppy will have a big yard and plenty of attention from the three granddaughters who visit often.
The Lois family built their house in Scandinavia 11 years ago as a weekend retreat. They have owned the property for over 30 years.
When Earl retired over a year ago, Kathleen and him moved to Scandinavia from Burlington, Wis.
Earl is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served three tours in Viet Nam as a Navy diver. It means a lot to him that his son also joined the military.
He noted that out of 400 Green Beret candidates, only 55 graduated.
“I’m proud of him,” Earl said of Zac.