Mood: hug me
Topic: "Comin' Home" (3)
Peter Neesley lived in a far-off land called Michigan. Like most young men, he was many complicated things, but not least among his credentials was his love of strays. He told his family that his most recent acquisitions were named Mama, a black labrador mix, and Boris, her white-and-brown spotted puppy. One of Mama's other puppies had been killed by a car, so Neesley and his friends built a dogouse to shelter all of the remaining family members. Although he was far away from home, his family knew that he was keeping his family in his heart by tending to those who needed his help.
On Christmas morning past, the Neesley family was devastated to learn that Sergeant Peter Neesley was another victim of the War that was enacted to prevent War.
Among the e-mails and photographs in the Neesley household were depictions of Mama and Boris, with the words that when he came home in July, he was going to bring them, somehow, home with him to Michigan.
The two dogs were picked up in Baghdad this week by a "rapid response manager" for the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society. Gryphon Holdings LLC, an American-owned airline, flew the dogs from Iraq to Kuwait. A veterinarian with the Iraqi Society for Animals vaccinated the dogs and arranged for their health certificates allowing travel to the United States. This past Thursday, the dogs were greeted at Dulles National Airport by Justin Harlem, an aide to Senator Carl Levin (D-MH). Yesterday, Mama and Boris arrived at the Grosse Pointe Farm that will, now and forever, be their home, with Peter.
Carey Neesley, Peter's sister, knelt on the wet pavement and embraced Mama. It appeared as if they both were crying. "This is so awesome," said Carey, "Peter always had such a strong sense of family and protecting those who cannot protect themselves."
It is not enough, thought Frodo, to simply leave this story where it is. So much more need be said about that which was borne by those who acted to do "the right thing." Frodo, personally, asks to express his gratitude and appreciation to all those who helped bring a very real part of this young man home. Five more young men died yesterday, proof, supposes Frodo, that "the surge is working." Lest we forget, dear reader; lest we forget.