KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The family of a soldier serving in Afghanistan has a new family friend, thanks to a non-profit in Afghanistan that helps get animals from the country to the United States.
Andrew Wahl, 25, said he found the puppy, who he named Thor, while he was out on patrol in Afghanistan.
Wahl raised enough money through the non-profit for Thor to make the trip back to his family in the Kansas City area.
His wife, Maggie, and their 5-year-old son, Mark, were all smiles when they picked up the puppy Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport.
Mark has been particularly excited to meet Thor.
“Today, it’s been like every five minutes, 'When are we gonna get to see the dog? When are we gonna see Thor? When are we gonna see Thor?' It’s been quite the excitement for today,” Maggie said.
Maggie also said it has been comforting for her husband to have a companion while he’s overseas.
“I think it gives them a sense of home because it gives them that warm companionship,” she said. “And I think it also helps them cope with the stress over there -- that they have someone to rely on."
Wahl is set to come home from his second tour of Afghanistan at the end of February.
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