A U.S. soldier was reunited with a stray dog that she rescued and cared for while she was stationed in Iraq. U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Tracy McKithern was stationed in Kurdistan Training Coordination Center as a combat photographer from April 2017 to January 2018 when she met the small stray puppy, which had been wandering around the base for weeks. The young puppy was hungry and covered in scratches and dirt when McKithern first laid eyes on her.
McKithern offered the young puppy some food and started to care for the dog. Other soldiers stationed at the base worked together to care for the dog while she was on patrols. They named her "Erby Kasima, after nearby Erbil, the largest city in northern Iraq, and "Kasima" being the Arabic name for beauty and elegance."
As McKithern's tour in Iraq was coming to an end, she posted a photo of herself and Erby to Facebook, (BELOW) expressing her desire to bring the dog back to the United States with her. Her friends and family saw the post and started working with rescue organizations to find a way to bring the dog to her home in Tampa.
After seven months of waiting, Tracy was finally reunited with Erby at her home in Tampa.