In 2006 Royal Marines arrived in the war torn town of Nowzad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Their mission; provide stability for the local people during a period of ever decreasing security.
The Royal Marines soon realized that it wasn’t only the local people that needed their help as many of the stray dogs that roamed the town of ‘Nowzad’ now had a guardian for the first time in their lives; in the form of Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing.
Breaking up an organized dog fight that was taking place right outside their remote compound, Pen never realized that one of those fighting dogs would then befriend him.
The Royal Marine Sergeant couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes and the now former fighting dog became the Sergeant’s battle buddy. The dog received his first ever name – “Nowzad”.