SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When you're thousands of miles from American shores, secluded in a desert serving your country, you look for anything that reminds you of home. That's exactly what a group of soldiers in Afghanistan found in dog named Sheba and later on, in a litter of her puppies.
Now, some of those soldiers, including one from our area, are returning the favor.
This little guy is one of Sheba's sons. Sheba first began accompanying the New York National Guardsmen on missions and keeping them company around the base. It was much needed, with very few Americans within a 200 mile radius.
When they learned the combat post was closing, they worried the dogs would be left neglected. They began working with their families and "Guardians of Rescue" to bring their canine friends home.
One of the men we caught up with in Central New York says it was the least they could do.
"They really became members of our family over there. It would've been tough leaving them all back, it would've been a tough goodbye," said Sergeant Alex Rotondi of the Army National Guard.
Army Major Drew Pinckney, who grew up in Waterford, was one of the other soldiers who adopted a puppy. He and the six-month-old Harris were united over the weekend.