Private Conrad Lewis served within the 4th Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment. His responsibility introduced him to Afghanistan, the place, amidst the warfare and strife, he discovered a companion in a canine named Pegasus (Peg for brief.)

On February ninth, 2011, 20-year-old Private Lewis was killed by a Taliban sniper whereas on foot patrol. As his household grieved this devastating loss, they thought of Peg and the way Conrad would have felt about her being left behind.

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The story of Peg, Conrad, and his household is a phenomenal reminder of the worth of canine companionship.

Conrad’s Bond With Peg

Peg, named for the winged horse Pegasus (the image of the airborne forces), introduced a bit of gentle and pleasure into the compound. Conrad’s mother and father, Tony and Sandi, recalled how their son wrote to them about educating Peg tips and dealing alongside her.


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Conrad and Peg shaped a particular relationship in Afghanistan. She usually slept in his room, and he made up a bit of field mattress for her.

Peg was greater than a companion to those troopers. She stood by them, unfazed, throughout firefights. According to Tony:

“He also said that she went out on every patrol with him, and he said ‘she’s fearless.’”


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One Christmas, Conrad instructed his mother and father he wished to deliver his new greatest pal house with him. Following Conrad’s demise in 2011, the Lewis household determined they needed to discover Peg and provides her the love their son would have after discharge.

“She was working hard for them out there and I think it would have broken his heart to leave her behind,” Tony mentioned.

Bringing Peg Home

Though troopers serving overseas usually kind bonds with animals they meet and work with, taking them house from warfare zones is a large problem. As Sandi mentioned in an interview:

“We knew we wanted to bring the dog back, and we had no idea, where do you start getting a dog back from Afghanistan in a war zone.”


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Nowzad, an Afghanistan-based charity group that reunites troopers with their “battle buddies,” helped Conrad’s household pull off this troublesome extraction. Typically they ask for help from the soldier in apprehending the canine, however as soon as Nowzad realized of Conrad’s passing, they dedicated to creating Peg’s rescue occur.

Nowzad is run by a veteran, Sgt Pen Farthing, who based the group in 2007. Prior to the Taliban regaining energy in August 2021, Nowzad reunited over 1700 troopers with the canine and cats that they bonded with on the entrance traces of Afghanistan.

“At Nowzad, we were more than happy to be able to assist with Peg’s rescue and although Conrad, never got to return home to his loving family, his dog did. We always hoped that they got great comfort from that,” a Facebook publish  from the group reads.


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Eventually, the Lewises obtained an e mail with a photograph of Peg asking, “Is this her, and do you still want her?” Peg made it to the UK inside three months, the place the previous Afghanistan stray had a house and household ready for her.

The Life Conrad Would Have Wanted For Peg

Peg now lives the life her pal Conrad deliberate to offer her, due to his household. They’ve discovered nice consolation in her presence and realizing they may fulfill their son/brother’s want.

“We may not be able to look after Conrad anymore, but we can definitely look after his dog for him. And just having her sit next to you, stroking her head and ears and everything, is a form of therapy,” Sandi mentioned in an interview.


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Conrad’s sister, Siobhan, mentioned Peg is now an essential a part of the household. She’s additionally a really chatty canine, probably realized throughout her time on the streets.

“She’s probably the loudest one of the family now, she’s taken over Conrad’s reign really.”


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The “Inspirational Animal of the Year”

The story of a household’s dedication to their departed son and the canine who helped them heal impressed folks all around the world. In truth, ten years after Conrad’s demise and Peg’s rescue, the canine gained an award. She was named “Inspirational Animal of the Year” by the Daily Mirror‘s People’s Pet Awards.


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Conrad’s legacy extends past Peg and her happiness. The Lewis household established charity 353, named for the variety of troopers to lose their life in Afghanistan (Conrad was the 353rd). The group helps navy households of their occasions of want.

The Lewises are additionally common donors to Nowzad. Sadly, reunions like this one have stalled because the Taliban takeover, however their work is clearly essential and can hopefully resume quickly.

H/T: BBC
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