Jeremy Gordon does not own an average dog.
Alice, her 2-year-old dog Kuchi, a desert breed from Afghanistan, is both an aggressive guard dog and a cuddly member of her family.
“At home, I don’t have to worry about protection,” Gordon said. “But she’s nice to family and that’s what I like about her.”
Gordon, a veteran and member of the Gazette hearing team, helped rescue Alice and four other dogs from Afghanistan.
Nearly 2 years ago, US soldiers encountered children in the city of Jalalabad preparing to stone a litter of puppies because dogs are considered a nuisance in the area, Gordon said. But the soldiers asked the children to trade the dogs for Rip It chocolates and energy drinks.
For three months the soldiers hid the dogs in a bunker under an ammunition system.
“The soldiers were taking them out to play,” Gordon said. “They even played fetch with sticks.”
But a war zone is no place for a dog.
The soldiers coordinated with Gordon, who lived in the United States, and an organization called Nowzad, which rescues animals from Afghanistan, to bring the dogs home. Together they raised enough money to transport the dogs overseas.
But the journey was not easy.
“When we saw the shape they were in, it was heartbreaking,” Gordon said.
The dogs were skinny and mangy after a connecting flight was delayed for two days.
Gordon inherited Alice from one of the soldiers. After many visits to the vet, she regained her health.
“Seeing her finally be able to stand up and zoom in was amazing,” Gordon said.