Between sober updates and political speeches of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, a bit fluffier news has commanded the headlines. A puppy has been dubbed guardian and protector after being rescued by Ukrainian soldiers.
In a video posted by FreedomNewsTV and shared across social media, the puppy, named Rambo, is seen walking around a Ukrainian trench with the soldiers.
“He is our security. That is his job,” one of the soldiers says in the recording. “He can hear very well if there is a stranger nearby.”
Rambo’s story began as any tale of heroism in time of war. Ukrainian soldiers came across the tiny pup alone on the street.
“We felt sorry for him. It was freezing outside,” the soldiers explain in the now viral video. “We took him into our post, and he stayed with us.”
Canines have a long history of joining humans in battle, even earning recognition equivalent to the Medal of Honor for their bravery. But Rambo is a little ways away from taking up arms. Though he has grown from the tiny puppy that could fit in the palm of your hand, in photos Rambo is dwarfed by his fellow soldiers in their combat gear. Nevertheless, Rambo takes his job as guard seriously, commanding a presence and using his keen hearing to alert his companions should a stranger come close.
Most civilians, when imagining dogs working in the military, assume the dramatic positions for canines, like bomb sniffing. But the role of companionship is just as important for the people on the frontlines as it is for those waiting at home.
The dogs give something for the soldiers to smile about despite the difficulties and tragedies that come with warfare.
“Missing home of course,” a soldier explained. “Been here for a little too long now.”
And a glimmer of hope for everyone else, watching the situation unfold.
So, despite his tiny size, Rambo the puppy has an important job in these dark days; morale. A job he’s doing so well even Sylvester Stallone, the original Rambo, was inspired to share a photo of the pup and support for Ukraine via his personal instagram.
Though things remain uncertain, and the state of the world tense, one thing remains constant. Almost anything can feel a little better when partnering with a puppy.
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