If You’re Only Going To Read One Thing Today, Read This from Paul Mallory.

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Reggie used to belong to Paul Mallory. Paul Mallory had died serving his country in Iraq. To serve his country, Mallory had to give up his best friend, Reggie. When Reggie was adopted by another man, the shelter gave them two weeks to get to know each other. If things didn’t work out the man could bring the dog back.

The man didn’t know where Reggie came from. Reggie was just a dog at the shelter. After two weeks, the man was going to take Reggie back; things hadn’t worked out. As he was packing things up, he found the note. The note that Paul Mallory had left with Reggie when he gave him up. You will need a few tissues for this one.

dog letter

dog letter

dog letter

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Never having heard of any “Paul Mallory”, so I Goggled the name and found a story about an American soldier named “Paul Mallory” who was killed in Iraq. In the story he had a dog “Reggie” which somehow after “Paul Mallory’s” death ended up in an animals shelter. His new owner supposed found a letter written by “Paul Mallory” addressed “To Whoever Gets My Dog” Those who serve with the U.S. armed forces often face difficult choices when they receive orders deploying them overseas. Not only do they have to be prepared to be parted from their loved ones and make arrangements regarding the storage of personal possessions, but they may also face the problem of finding proper caretakers for their pets — not all of those serving in the military have people they can leave their beloved animal companions with. Some locate appropriate foster families that will care for their pets until their return, some give up their critters for adoption at shelters, and some may even (as a last resort) turn them loose to fend for themselves.

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