This Soldier Is Alive Because of This Dog – and She’s Alive Because of Him! Whoa!

In Afghanistan, there are hundreds of stray dogs, creatures shunned by conservative Muslim society. Many of these dogs adopt platoons of deployed US soldiers. Meet Layka and Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald. Layka adopted McDonald’s squad, and laid down her life for them – they knew they were saved when the shots and Layka’s wimpers carried to their ears. McDonald knew there was more to do than just carry her back to base. There was a family, a life, to be shared at home.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.