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

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.

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.