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Mon, Jan 21 | By Matt Van Hoven | 1113

CALIFORNIA – The mother of a fallen soldier says except for pictures, a puppy named DJ is all she has left of her son's legacy. 19-year-old Alex Varela died in May of 2007, when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb i… more ›

Fallen Soldier's Puppy Comes Home
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I hope the dog provides some comfort for this poor family.

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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

it's great that she was able to get the dog home to her!

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

such a touching story

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HomePro
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HomePro
5 years ago

How great that she has her son's dog!

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Dorothy D.
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Dorothy D.
5 years ago

Hate to hear about her son but gla d about the dg

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Beth M.
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Beth M.
5 years ago

Cute little story

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Chris M.
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Chris M.
5 years ago

That is great to hear!

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

Lots to say about this article. First, why is an Army dog having puppies? Ok, with that aside this is so wonderful for the family! And last, The Patriot Guard Riders are just awesome!

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Soldierswife
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Soldierswife
5 years ago

Again, not an ARMY dog. Just a dog who guarded soldiers. They're doing the best they can, trust me.

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Nancy  B.
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Nancy B.
5 years ago

Its good to read an animal story with a happy ending for the puppy.l Hats off
to the people that made it happen.

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Debbie H.
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Debbie H.
5 years ago

My hat is definitely off. It took a lot of dedicated people to make this happen.

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Edward Robin
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Edward Robin
5 years ago

I am saddened for her loss. I hope the best for her and DJ.

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Choya M.
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Choya M.
5 years ago

I hope all is well with her and the pup. I am glad to see she got a part of her son back. Too bad he died fighting for our freedom. Thank you

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
5 years ago

What a beautiful story. Brought a tears. The puppy must help the mother of her son, fallen in battle, to carry-on. This pup was born and in the U.S. Yes, everything happens for a reason.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

I knew this would make me cry. Glad the pup is home.

Why are the guard dogs not fixed?

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

at 19 he should have been dancing at his prom not fighting a war. i am glad his family will be able to care for the dog their son cared for so much and i hope it gives them some comfort

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
5 years ago

I'm so sad for her loss. It was fate that her son be caring for DJ, now they both can heal each other

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Debbie H.
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Debbie H.
5 years ago

Nicely said.

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Elineen
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Elineen
5 years ago

Very cool.

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

Wow, at least this family still has a physical connection other than pictures.

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tiffany k.
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tiffany k.
6 years ago

that is TERRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The boys mother got her sons puppy back to the us, i'm so glad.

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
6 years ago

This is a wonderful story! How sweet and patriotic! So sorry about the son! That in itself is heartbreaking. My son-in-law just returned from Iraq last October.

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Jill D.
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Jill D.
6 years ago

What a heartwarming story. I hope the puppy brings the mother some measure of comfort.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

What a sad story with a happy ending. I am so sorry the lady lost her son. I know she will treasure DJ for all her days. Thanks to all the soldiers who helped get DJ to the states.

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tracey c.
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tracey c.
6 years ago

How sweet the family has a part of him in the pup he cared for.

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Jasper323
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Jasper323
6 years ago

What a heart warming story!! Kudos to those who made this dogs travel happen. Sympathies to the family who lost their son!

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

So sad for the soldier's family, but glad they will have their son's pup!!!

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Nancy  H.
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Nancy H.
6 years ago

I am so glad that the mother was able to get the puppy to the U.S. It must be a comfort to her that she can have at least this connection with her son who is gone. Bless her and her son who gave his life for our country!

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Valerie B.
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Valerie B.
6 years ago

Companion animals mean so much to our soldiers. I have read many stories and have seen many pictures of Americans taking care of animals in war zones. It is truly a blessing that this mother was able to bring home a pup that clearly meant so much to her son. All of the people involved were not just helping this pup find a forever home, they were honoring her son and the sacrifices he and his family made for all of us. Many service members are forced to surrender their animals when called to duty. Some do not have family or friends to care for their pets when they deploy. Please check out...www.netpets.org and www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

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Inooshi
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Inooshi
6 years ago

THis is an amazing story. People can be so great.

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Steelio
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Steelio
6 years ago

that is truly looking out for your fellow comardes

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Very sad. I hope the puppy brings her comfort.

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

I think animals are brought into our lives for different reasons. I hope she will find some comfort for many years.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

This is one of the nicest stories written on all of zootoo. What a great bunch of volunteers. I hope DJ the dog lives a very long time and gives the Mom much comfort.

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Heather
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Heather
6 years ago

I hope the puppy brings her comfort.

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Miranda H.
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Miranda H.
6 years ago

1 soldier is home (Dj), now to bring the rest home.

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Punkinhead
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Punkinhead
6 years ago

Very sad to lose her son at 19. What blessed people though to help her get her son's puppy home. I hope the puppy can provide her much needed comfort and that she gives the puppy a loving, happy home.

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

Very touching and heartwarming story. I hope the puppy has a great live ahead of it with its new family.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

SOOOOOOOO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Casperwoold
6 years ago

How wonderful that you got the puppy here! I am however very sorry for the loss of their son. Best wishes for them in the future.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
6 years ago

Very touching story. My sympathy to the family on the loss of your loved one. Best wishes to DJ in her new home.

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

Get out the kleenex for this one. Nice to hear a good war story.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

sry for ur loss

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Mitchello2005
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Mitchello2005
6 years ago

cool story. i love how people care so much about a dog to get him home. :)

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Angela T.
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Angela T.
6 years ago

Cool! hope she gets what she needs from the pup

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Tom Y.
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Tom Y.
6 years ago

Kudos to the volunteers. Hopefully Alex will live on through this pup.

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Kelly M.
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Kelly M.
6 years ago

thats sad atleast she has some thing

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Catherine T.
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Catherine T.
6 years ago

A great solace to the family I am sure!

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

This is so bittersweet. I'm very glad that she was able to get the puppy. I think that's the best way to cope with the loss.

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toni
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toni
6 years ago

I saw this on TV and it was so bittersweet. How sad for that young man to lose his life, but it sounds like he led a very admirable one.

Hopefully, his pup will help his family cope with the loss.

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

That's a great thing that all those volunteers did.

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Mike B.
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Mike B.
6 years ago

I sorry to hear of the death of you son in Iraq...I am glad they got his pup home.I just wish everyone could come home.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Sad sad story. Another young person wasted in war. I feel very sorry for the family and I am glad they were able to get the puppy home to Alex's family. Truly a joint effort to get DJ home safe and sound. I just wish it could have been both of them.

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