Nubs the dog has had a remarkable journey from the sands of Iraq to theÂ beaches of San Diego. As The Wire previous reported, Nubs’ fate mirrors hundreds of other dogs adopted by Iraq veterans. Many “adopted” their Marine.
On Sunday,Â Nubs’ wasÂ reunited with the man he tracked downÂ 65 miles in Iraq. Landing on a Camp Pendleton air strip north of San Diego, Major Brian DennisÂ had more than well-wishersÂ awaiting his arrival. The German Shephard-Border Collie mix was a stray in Iraq that lived off of Dennis’ unit’s scraps. When the animal returned with its ears severed off, the Marine took to him and Dennis’ commrades named him Nubs.
Nubs arrived in San Diego over a month ago and Dennis returned Sunday from his seven-month tour in Iraq as a fighter pilot. At first hesitant, Nubs took a deep sniff of the man approaching him in full desert fatigues…and completely engulfed him with love.
Covering him with kisses, Nubs and Dennis have a special bond. When Dennis’ unit was movedÂ 65 miles away from where they had met Nubs, the dog followed. NubsÂ arrivedÂ thirsty, yet relieved. Those same looks of unconditional love were displayed as soldier and dog was reunited.