Teen Refugee Refuses to Leave Syria Without His Dog

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When 17-year-old Aslan prepared to flee war-torn Syria in hope of living happier, safer life, he was told that he couldn’t bring his husky puppy, Rose.  But he refused, so he made her a passport and got her a carrying case.

Aslan told the United Nations Refugee Agency that he left Damascus with Rose, who is basically all he has in the world.

He made sure she could sail across the Mediterranean Sea by creating official documentation for her and putting her in a carrying case.


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Together they have travelled over 300 miles to safety, trekking through Turkey before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos.

When asked why he has only a small bag for himself and a large carrier for his dog, he replied simply, “I love my dog.”

Hopefully the pair will now be able to start a wonderful new life together.

155 thoughts on “Teen Refugee Refuses to Leave Syria Without His Dog”

  1. Is there anyway to get in contact with him? I have a group of people who would like to help him out specifically.

  2. What a wonderful young man! He has his priorities straight. There is no greater love than a dog’s. I hope they will both be safe and have a good life together.

  3. I love this story! I hope and pray he and his dog NEVER has to separate and he lives a long life with his husky… they both are adorable! Good luck little man!!! We love you!… muah! xoxoxo 🙂


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