Here's another heart warming tale of a dog that is circulating through email boxes.
This drama is set in a small college town where people are welcoming and open and everywhere one goes, people wave at you. The author of this tale explains that he was new to the area and lonely for companionship so he headed to a shelter to take a look at Reggie, a big black Lab, that had been featured on the local news. The shelter let him adopt Reggie and sent him home with all the dog's personal effects: "a dog pad, bag of toys. . . , his dishes, and a sealed letter from his previous owner."
The very long story continues and turns from warm to sappy when the narrator decides after 2 weeks that the adoption is not working and he will have to return Reggie to the shelter. As he dials the phone his eyes fall upon the sealed letter (that he had forgotten all about) and he hangs up the phone to open the envelope. The letter, written by the dog's previous owner, explains that the dog's real name is Tank "Because that is what I drive". It seems that when the man went to Iraq he left his dog in the care of a shelter with instructions as to what to do if he was killed in action. The letter details what the dog likes and how to best care for him and the hope that the person reading the letter gives his dog a good, loving home. It is signed "Paul Mallory."
If you're not crying by this point of the story, the tale has more to say. The concluding paragraphs will guarantee to put any holdouts over the edge and reaching for the kleenex. You can read the full email tale at snopes.com. Snopes thinks that the story is not true and details why they conclude this.
I think there are enough real stories of valiant military men and women (and their pets) without needing to circulate false tales. I think these fictional stories that get passed around as true diminish the sacrifices made by real soldiers. Before you forward any stories like this, I would encourage you to investigate and try to determine veracity. How do you feel about this type of email?
Here's some recommended reading for real stories of military and war dogs.