ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — When one Marine was reassigned cross country; he quickly learned his dogs were too large to fly on a commercial flight to Albert J. Ellis Airport.
Andrew Morales, a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, rescued Dusty and Wyatt during his deployment overseas almost three years ago.
“In Afghanistan, they are pretty much your best friend,” said Morales.
When his tour ended, the dogs made the trip back to California with him.
“They quickly became a big part of our family,” said Kristen Morales, Andrew’s wife. “They’re my babies.”
Morales and his family got word he would be transferring from his base in Southern California to Camp Lejeune in October.
While making travel arrangements, Morales called commercial airlines to book tickets for the dogs but it was a task that proved to be more difficult than he first expected.
“We couldn’t really get them on the aircraft because this airport doesn’t take large airplanes,” he said.
The airlines could not accommodate the size of the part Anatolian Shepard dogs. Searching for advice, Morales called the rescue league that helped him bring the dogs to America.
The rescue league posted his story to Facebook where Helen Rosburg, the heiress of Wrigley Gum, saw and vowed to do whatever she could for someone she had never met.
“I chartered a jet,” said Rosburg. “The family was going to be split up.”
Thanks to Rosburg, the family with their dogs flew together on a private plane from the west coast.
“From the bottom of me and my wife’s hearts we really appreciate what she did for us,” said Morales.
Morales said he would love to be able to express his gratitude in person to Rosburg one day.
Rosburg, who lives in Florida, said she hopes she will be able to meet the couple and the dogs the next time she is in North Carolina.