"For the Dog Lover -- We Saved Abbie"

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Well for all those that have been following my stories on Abbie we actually managed to save her.  For those that don't know, I am a new RE Agent that was deployed to Iraq as soon as I got my lecense.  I had been asked by multiple members of my AR family to post my experiences on here, you can view my previous blogs to see what has happened so far.  For the dog lovers is my recent story on a "force protection" dog that we received from the British army.  She is about 9 month old now and we have been desperatly trying to find a way to get her to the states.  However after about a month and a half we started getting resistance from my chain of command and was recently told to "get rid of her".  You ca read the rest of these stories in my other posts.

Well for the rest of you that have been tracking the story I have some really good news and some bad news.  The really good news is that we found a way to save her.  Things were coming down to the wire and it was looking like we was going to have to put her down.  In the last post I explained why this was the probable option.  Anyway was it got close to time we all pulled our heads together asn was able to find her a good home. 

We found a small unit of Navy Seebee's who had their own camp within this camp.  Their camp is fully inclosed with a single gate that is guarded 24-7.  They actually knew of Abbie becuase it is the same camp that the Brit's had her on before they left.  The SeeBee's were extatic to get to have her on the camp.  The big bonus is that she is able to run freely on the small camp and will not be caged up 24-7.  Plus I believe the people there will take better care of her than what she received here. 

The bad news is that she still will not be coming home with me (or any of us).  We are hoping that the SeeBee's will contine the work that we have started on getting her back to the states and to a good home.

Good Luck Abbie



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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

At least one positive step.  And we will all be praying for Abbie to find a way back stateside.  If it's meant to be ...

Jun 14, 2009 09:26 AM #1
Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

I know Abbie thanks you guys for all you have done for her, and trust me, being a 23 year career Navy guy, the Seabees will get her to the states!!!

Jun 14, 2009 09:35 AM #2
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Wow this is great. I really felt like something would happen. My son is a Navy Seebee, he was suppose to be in Iraq right now but his tour got canceled. Other son on the Ike.

Thanks for sharing.

Jun 14, 2009 09:36 AM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is great news and I know Abbie will be happy.  Good luck to you.

Jun 14, 2009 09:40 AM #4
Ellen Anderson
Century21 Dawson & Associates, Inc - Nashville, TN

Good news for Abbie, those Seebee's sounded grateful for her company,my hope is that they will continue in the effort to get her State side. Sure wish you could strink her and place her that way you could place her in your pocket for a safe journey home.

Jun 14, 2009 09:46 AM #5
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Nicholas - Great news, kind of. I am still hoping that somehow she makes it back home with you. Oh well, I am a very optimistic person. My thoughts and prayers for you and all of our troops (including Abbie) will be sent up on a regular basis.  And thank you so much for sharing the update.  Stay safe - Judy

Jun 14, 2009 10:35 AM #6
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Nicholas - Great news, kind of. I am still hoping that somehow she makes it back home with you. Oh well, I am a very optimistic person. My thoughts and prayers for you and all of our troops (including Abbie) will be sent up on a regular basis.  And thank you so much for sharing the update.  Stay safe - Judy

Jun 14, 2009 10:35 AM #7
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Baghdad Pups couldn't be of some assistance?

Jun 14, 2009 11:04 AM #8
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Whew, you had me sweating over the bad news! I'm so happy! You, sir, are a really good guy! Thanks,


Jun 14, 2009 11:43 AM #9
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Oh, boy, I missed the other post, so I am glad to hear you have a solution. Give Abbie a pat on the head from me, and tell those wonderful Seabees THANK YOU!

Jun 14, 2009 01:26 PM #10
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Like Andrea I missed that other post so I'm glad I just get to hear the good news.  Having had to put our Abby down from cancer was bad enough but how difficult to put her down because of no home.  I'm glad the Navy was able to take her.  Here's hoping that they find her a way to get here. 

Jun 14, 2009 03:24 PM #11
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Happy Abbie got to where some people are able to take care of her...peace out buddy.

Jun 14, 2009 04:20 PM #12
Chanda Barrick
Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast - Indianapolis, IN
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I really hope she can find a home.  It'd be terrible if she's a perfectly healthy pup and she had to put down for no other reason than her being a perceived inconvienence.  :(  Thanks for all that you and the troops do and "Go Abbie!"  :)

Chanda panda

Jun 15, 2009 02:46 AM #13
Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

This has made me smile!!! I am so happy to know that in the midst of all the horror there, this group has chosen something to help the pup!!

Thank you!!


Jun 15, 2009 07:12 AM #14
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Nicholas,  Dogs sure do bring out the love in us don't they.  Thank you for being the kind of man who couldn't just walk away from that love.  God Bless You.

Jun 15, 2009 08:49 AM #15
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

You did a wonderful job of helping Abbie find a place to feel at home, even if it's not the most ideal. I'm sure she offers wonderful companionship to the ones around her now. Cheers from Alabama!

Jun 15, 2009 03:29 PM #16
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nicholas, I am so glad that things turned around for dear Abby!  And I really look forward to your posts!

Jun 16, 2009 01:50 PM #17
Dana Wilkinson
Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX - The Woodlands, TX
Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr

Wonderful news!  I feel sure she will brighten the day for those Seebees and they will brighten hers.  Now just to get her home...job well done, Nick!  Be safe.

Jun 17, 2009 02:06 AM #18
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

I'm so happy I missed the Abbie posts that would have worried me sick.  I'm so happy she got a reprieve and will be living with the Seebees.  I just hope she ultimately makes it back to the states.

Jun 17, 2009 08:15 AM #19
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Nicholas- I am so glad to hear the good news for Abbie.  Glad the SeeBees came through at the last minute and were able to offer her a good home.  Go Navy! (Ok so my dad retired from the Naval Reserve! I had to have the plug for them.)

Jun 22, 2009 06:47 AM #20
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