Carlo Grossi, a U.S. Marine, didn’t think much of the dog he saw at the military base when he first arrived in Afghanistan. After all, his first few days were spent fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Sangin District.
But when the fighting subsided, he finally had the time to look around the base. That’s when he noticed a small dog who took refuge in the bushes.
Marines were warned about the stray dogs in the area, as some of which are aggressive. That did not prevent Grossi from approaching the small bush dog.
The dog was covered in bugs and clearly had not been receiving love from the people around. He lured him in with some beef jerky and the dog’s gentleness took him by surprise. Grossi gave him a scratch behind the ear and walked away, but the dog followed him.
“I feel a little poke at my ankle, I look down, and there he is, following me,” Craig told The Dodo. Meanwhile, Grossi’s friend yelled from the other side of the compound, “Looks like you made a friend.’’
However, Grossi heard it as “Looks like a ‘Fred.’’ And voila, the bush dog got his name. Grossi and Fred were inseparable ever since.
So inseparable that Fred would tag along when they check nearby towns. Fred knows not to make noises during those rounds and that’s when the other Marines realized just how smart he is. Eventually, they accepted him as one of them.
However, Craig will soon be transferred to another base and can’t take Fred with him. He wanted to smuggle him but if he was caught, it means jail time for him and euthanasia for Fred.
Still, their friendship was worth the risk. If Fred followed him, he would smuggle him out.
During his deployment, as he was about to board the helicopter, he felt a familiar poke on his ankle. It was Fred. He shoved him in a duffle bag and smuggled him out!
At the new base, there’s a newly set up DHL. Grossi approached them with a ‘’hypothetical’’ question, which involved shipping a dog to the US. They laughed him off but eventually realized he wasn’t kidding. Unfortunately, he was sent to the field before he could finish the necessary paperwork.
Check out their love story below.
The DHL people offered to look after Fred while he’s gone. Meanwhile, while deployed, Grossi was injured by a rocket launcher and spent weeks in the hospital. He couldn’t stop thinking about Fred.
When he was released from the hospital, he rushed to the base to check on Fred. He was relieved to find him happily playing soccer with the DHL staff.
Grossi carried on with the paperwork and sent Fred to the US.
Three months later, he followed. The two were reunited in the US. Check out their love story below!
You can follow Fred’s day-to-day activities on his Instagram. The duo travels around the US to tell their story.