An Army soldier is doing everything in his power to save his best friend and bring the youngster out of harm’s way.
When he recently spotted a small puppy, U.S. Army Specialist Howe, who is currently serving overseas, received the surprise of his life.
The pup had figured out a way to enter the base covertly.
According to Howe, who works for the New York-based animal rescue organization Paws of War, the small dog bolted through a gate and clung to the soldier right away.
The terrified puppy appeared to be looking for cover from the “cruel” and “dangerous” surroundings outside.
“It was as if he knew me,” the soldier said.
Howe named the puppy Doc and gave him food and water, since he was “very dehydrated and desperately hungry.”
Now, Doc refuses to leave the soldier’s side.
He’s given the whole camp a “much-needed morale boost,” Paws of War shared with Fox News Digital in a statement.
“He walks around his newfound family members, wagging his tail and giving kisses in exchange for a few belly rubs,” the organization said.
The other soldiers joke around with Howe, calling Doc his “shadow,” since the dog is “constantly behind” him.
“Wherever I do, he’s right there,” he said.
“I love having him with me.”
Howe acknowledged that simply having Doc nearby helped him and his fellow soldiers “sleep better at night”
In order to keep his promise to his dog that he would “everything [he] could not to leave him behind” the soldier would have to ship the animal back to Kentucky.
Paws of War was eventually contacted to help the soldiers get the job done — and the group obliged.
“I can finally keep my promise to Doc,” said the serviceman.
Howe explained to Paws of War that as a proud infantryman, he took a pledge to “help and protect” — so saving Doc comes as an “indescribable relief.”
“He has done so much for us here,” he said.
“And he deserves to come home with me where he’ll be safe.”
While he waits to board a flight to the United States, Doc is currently being kept in foster care. DNA tests will be done once the dog is on American soil since officials are unsure of the breed.
According to its website, the New York-based Paws of War, led by co-founder Robert Misseri, has since 2014 brought over 300 dogs and cats to safety in the United States after they were all saved by American service members serving abroad.
“Doc may be just one dog overseas, but it’s one dog’s life that we can change and prevent his soldier from feeling the guilt of having to leave him behind,” Misseri told Fox News Digital.