“Tour pets” are not uncommon in times of war. From my own experience serving in Afghanistan, many platoons and sections adopted local dogs or cats to have as mascots, or for the moral support that they provided. In our case, we took in a puppy named “gougoune,” which is a colloquial term in Quebec for “flip-flop” sandals. Every night, one of us would take turns caring for her.
This list of soldiers and cats who became friends overseas is a touching reminder of humanity, demonstrating that even during times of war, there are moments of beauty and kindness.
Do you have tour photos with a platoon cat? Post your pictures below, or vote on your favorite!
#2 Soldier And A Cat
#4 Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009
#5 Soldier With A Kitten
#6 He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up
#7 A French Soldier Feeding His Kitten, Indochina 1956
#8 Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten
#9 A Kitten Is Nestled In The Trouser Pocket Of A U.S. Soldier