I'm going to keep the post for O's dad a the top (just FYI, not the "something to smile about")
Some of you may or may not know that Meg's dad, my ex-husband Jason, is deployed to Afghanistan. His team is reeeeaaaalllly far forward with a bunch of Army guys at a tiny, very remote post. Jay is a member of the Air Force's Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers ( Red Horse ), which is a team of construction guys that basically build new military bases, so they're building a camp now, constructing a post office, chapel, dining hall, etc. It's a pretty tough place, when they arrived they had only the most basic, bare necessities, sleeping in tents, eating MRE's, no internet and only hit-or-miss field satellite phones. They've been working hard and the buildings are slowly coming up.
Back in December one of the guys stumbled on some puppies in a cave w/ no mama dog in site, click below for the full story and updates. The pups were gathered up and brought to the camp, and as you'd expect, everyone fell in love with the little mongrels, and now they've launched a campaign to bring them all to the U.S.
Rescue the Red Horse Pups
In the very top/first pic, Jason is on the far left, sitting in the folding chair w/ sunglasses on.
Jay is a huge dog lover, he's got three pups back home in FL that he really misses and having these little girlies (and guy) in the camp has done so much to lift the morale of all the guys and helped so much to make each day a little easier to get through as they count down the days until they can come home.
Every e-mail Meg gets from her dad has some mention of the dogs, and now she's head-over-heels and begs regularly to adopt one.
If you're so inclined, please donate a little bit to the fund that's been set up to rescue these puppies that have come to mean so much to not only the Red Horse guys, but their grateful families as well.
***Although the blog refers to the Pennsylvania National Guard Red Horse team, they're actually a mixed team from several bases, including Hurlburt Field in Ft. Walton Beach, FL