This Compassionate Letter To Soldier Forced To Give Up Dog Will Touch Every Pet Owner

This rescue group went out of its way to send a beautifully reassuring letter to a concerned former owner.

Prinny the dog arrived at Rescued With Love, a rescue organization in Melbourne, Australia, by way of another shelter, with a heavy backstory. While sorting through paperwork, Kae Norman, the charity’s founder, came across a form explaining that the pooch’s original owner had died, and her son had been left in charge of the pet. However, the son, a soldier, wasn’t able to care for Prinny any longer.

“He is to be deployed to Iraq in the near future and couldn’t take Prinny with him,” Norman told The Huffington Post in an email. “He wrote such beautiful things about her. He clearly loved her.”

Though an adoption request came in for the pooch even before she arrived at the organization from a couple who had heard her story, Norman thought that the soldier deserved to know that Prinny was being properly cared for. So, she wrote a beautiful, understanding open letter to the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, and posted it to the Rescued With Love Facebook page.

“Dear Soldier, you don’t know me, but I know of you,” Norman wrote. “You are probably going through more than what anyone can ever imagine — and I wanted to ease your mind by letting you know your Mum’s dog Prinny is safe and happy with us at Rescued With Love.”

Dear Soldier, you don’t know me, but I know of you. I know you were heading to Darwin and then being deployed to Iraq. You are probably going through more than what anyone can ever imagine – and I wanted to ease your mind by letting you know your Mum’s dog Prinny is safe and happy with us at Rescued With Love.
I know your Mum passed away and I am so sorry for your loss. Losing parents is hell, and to have to give up Prinny and surrender her to the RSPCA because you had no option would have been an unbearable burden.
I read your surrender form which came with her paperwork, and my heart broke for you, for Prinny and for your Mum. You wrote such beautiful things about Prinny, and what a gorgeous girl she is. You were right, she certainly is.

We know Prinny is 12 years and 4 months – and it is not easy to rehome a dog that age, I guess you know that, and thought you would give her a chance anyway. The RSPCA did their best, and she was with them for ages – and then a phone call from a kind lady found Prinny on her way to us – and I want to tell you about her new home. If it’s ok, I want to tell you a little about that.
Prinny was adopted before she even came to us, because her foster Dad Brendan is a Veteran.
He heard about Prinny’s predicament – and wanted to step up regardless. I asked he and his wife to just wait and foster her – but it seems I didn’t need to be cautious at all. Prinny has fallen in love with her Dad, and he with her, and they are now inseparable, and very very loved.

I don’t know where you are, or how to find you to tell you Prinny is safe. Maybe this will find you. All I know is my throat ached when I read your writing on that form when you handed her over – and I could not try to let you know she is safe, and very happy. Stay safe soldier. Kind regards, Kae Norman, Founder, Rescued With Love Inc.

Norman went on to inform the soldier that not only was Prinny in a happy forever home, but one of her new owners was also a veteran, who adopted the dog after fostering her for a short time. Norman hoped that her words would somehow reach him.

“I don’t know where you are, or how to find you to tell you Prinny is safe. Maybe this will find you,” the letter read. “All I know is my throat ached when I read your writing on that form when you handed her over — and I could not try to let you know she is safe, and very happy. Stay safe soldier.”

The note has since gained quite a bit of attention on Facebook, with more than 100,000 likes. In fact, the letter’s popularity helped it reach the soldier, who wrote back to the organization, telling them that he was overjoyed at Prinny’s new life, Norman told HuffPost.

As for Prinny, the pooch seems to be getting along nicely with her new owner, Brendan, and his wife.

“Prinny settled so well there,” Norman said. “She is super happy and very sweet, and doesn’t let her foster dad, Brendan, out of her sight.”