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With help from a Puyallup doggie, author discusses effort to rescue strays in Afghanistan

Phil Bourrillion, left, and Pen Farthing pose with Oso after Farthing's talk at the Moore Library in Tacoma.

Scottish author Pen Farthing and a furry four-footed transplant from Afghanistan drew a full house Wednesday night at the Moore Library in Tacoma’s South End.

Farthing wrote the recently published, “One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan.” It’s a nonfiction work relating how he wound up rescuing stray dogs in Afghanistan when he was stationed there as a sergeant with the Royal Marines. The rescue effort has since evolved into a nonprofit group called Nowzad.

One of the dogs Nowzad helped save, Oso, was at the event. So were her owners Phil and Lena Bourrillion of Puyallup. Phil, an active-duty sergeant in the US Army befriended Oso when she was a pup in Afghanistan last year. Aided by Nowzad and countless volunteers, Phil and Lena arranged for Oso’s rescue and trip to Puyallup. You can read about it here.

Oso is one laidback lassie. As Phil talked about Oso’s journey, the dog sat quietly and lolled on the carpeted floor. Later, she gently nudged her way through the rows of listeners who eagerly stroked her soft coat and patted her head.

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