Soldier Welcomes Pup To New Home
An ex-soldier has been reunited with the adorable puppy he saved from a violent war zone. Sean Laidlaw had been serving in a bomb disposal unit in Syria when he stumbled across whimpering Barrie, who was hiding in the rubble after a massive explosion.
The pooch was pulled to safety by Sean and the two soon became inseparable – the private contractor says Barrie saved his life. Since Sean’s contract ended seven months ago, the pair have been separated by thousands of miles and it looked as though they may never see each other again.
But after seven anxious months of hoping and wishing, the pair were finally reunited on Saturday 3rd November at Charles de Gaulles Airport, in France, which Sean says was the ‘happiest moment ever’.
The 30-year-old, who hails from Essex, said: “I feel like it may come across that I saved Barrie’s life, but I feel like she saved mine. Working in a war zone, coming back to camp you sit in your room on your own. To have a companion you can play with and train, it kept my mind away from all the things I was seeing and doing out there.”
He continued: “Going to Paris was both exciting and nerve-wracking, but I left the house at 6 am and just sped there. When the dog was found she was surrounded by four dead puppies, and despite being rejected at first, Sean made sure she was safe and brought her food and drink, and cordoned off the area as it wasn’t safe from IEDs yet.
After three days the two became inseparable, in the three months Sean was in Syria, as Barrie followed her new buddy everywhere he went – he even had a harness made from a bullet-proof vest and a teddy bear to protect her. The owner of War Paws, Louise Hastie, came to the rescue as she was already flying two dogs from Jordan to Paris, she agreed to bring Barrie on the journey with her, to be reunited with Sean.
Sean said: “All the help we’ve received to bring us together has been amazing, just to bring one dog to Essex, it’s been incredible.”
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