Marine’s Secret Mission To Get A War Puppy Back Home For Good

While fighting overseas in Fallujah, something quite unexpected happened to Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman: he fell in love with a puppy. Lava was a five-month-old German Shepherd mix who walked the streets hungry and alone – that was, until the day he met his soldier.

When Kopelman was just months away from returning home to the US, he’d already formed a strong connection with the dog. And even though regulations clearly stated that soldiers could not keep pets, this soldier simply could not leave Lava behind. Thus began a secret mission to get Lava back into the states safely, where he’d be reunited with Kopelman for good.

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With the help of his fellow Marines, reporters, and Iraqi civilians, Kopelman began to cook up plans and ideas for Lava’s exit – but most were unfeasible and far too risky. In the meantime, he had to stow Lava away in hiding without his General knowing a thing. That’s when a dog trainer for the military entered the picture and changed Kopelman and Lava’s lives forever.

This is a can’t-miss story. We won’t ruin the end for you entirely – but there is a happy ending. And as long as Kopelman and Lava are happy, so are we.

Marine\'s Secret Mission To Get A War Puppy Back Home For Good