COMBAT OUTPOST ZORMAT — God, it feels good to cover a war I support. It really does. I’ll organize my thoughts later, when I’m not on a Morale, Welfare and Recreation computer on the base, and tomorrow or maybe Tuesday the Windy will post a piece I just filed about walking in the pitch black through a dirt field that the metal detectors warned us was filled with IEDs, but for now, I’ll just talk about the dog.

Lucy is a tawny brown hound pup that was born on COP Zormat. I showed up on Friday night, began chatting with the 1-61 Cav company commander, Cpt. Chad Collins, and went to plop down on the MWR sofa, only to find that a 15-pound puppy had stretched out in what was to be my seat and was watching SportsCenter. Apparently her mother had snuck on to the base about four months ago and gave birth. You’re not allowed to have dogs or other animals on bases out here, but try as the cavalry troop might, Lucy finds her way back. Shortly after her birth, Lucy broke her front right leg. One of the soldiers found some spare supplies and made her a splint. It worked: as I walked back from dinner today, Lucy scampered up, jumped around a bit, and started chewing on the cuff of my jeans.

All my videos have proven too large to file over the internet connections I’ve been able to establish in Afghanistan. I may have to wait until I come home late this week to post the videos I’ve filmed. Rest assured you will see Lucy.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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