PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. - A stray dog who was befriended by soldiers serving in Afghanistan has arrived in the United States, along with her seven puppies.
The dogs had a joyous reunion on Wednesday night with the soldiers who rescued them and are taking them home.
The happy tale started when the New York National Guardsmen adopted a 65-pound mixed breed in Afghanistan. When Sheba had a litter in March, the soldiers helped nurse the puppies to health.
Most of the dogs will live in New York. Two are going to the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
The soldiers include a sergeant from Long Beach, N.Y., whose home was wrecked in Superstorm Sandy.
The effort was made possible by the Guardians of Rescue's "Paws of War -- No Buddy Left Behind" program.