Ollie was a stray. He spent his days wandering around the mean streets of war-torn Iraq looking for his next meal. Then one day he wandered into a U.S. military camp. Soldiers at the camp adopted Ollie and he became their camp mascot, according to SF Gate. “He was there when we left on our missions, he was there when we got back,” said former Army Specialist Ken Wyrsch to CBS San Francisco.  Wyrsch was one of the soldiers Ollie befriended at the camp in Iraq.
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When military priorities changed, and the camp was no longer necessary, Ollie, who according to Wyrsch was a gentle dog, was in danger of ending up back on the streets or worse. “I don’t know, some Iraqi would use [him] for target practice or something,” Wyrsch said to CBS San Francisco of Ollie’s possible fate if he stayed in Iraq.

Due to his concerns about what could have happened to Ollie, Wyrsch stepped in. Wyrsch, who was back stateside in San Francisco contacted SPCA International and told them about his concern for Ollie’s welfare.


SPCA International  was able to raise enough money to bring Ollie to the states, where Wyrsch adopted him. "And this right here was thousands and thousands of dollars of donations that went into this dog, you know?  He’s a good boy. He’s worth it,” Wyrsch said.

Watch news coverage of Ollie's story below.