Vietnam War veteran Mike Monahan set on a mission to save abandoned dogs in honor of his four-legged companion when he was in Vietnam.
Monahan came across a K9 named Chico nearly half a century ago when he joined the army and headed to Vietnam to fulfill his duty.
“Lo and behold there was one dog that grabbed on my hand started, dragging me in and I didn’t know what to do,” he said, according to WCPO. “That was Chico. It scared me to death.”
Before Chico paired up with Monahan, he belonged to a family in North Carolina who discovered that Chico’s unique nature would be brought to its fullest potential if it was accompanied by a team in law enforcement.
Chico then became a member of the Scout Dog Training in Georgia, and he began to fulfill his destiny; the trainers knew he was ready to serve in the Vietnam War.
When the dual teamed up, Chico was able to demonstrate his talent by sniffing tripwires and alerting the troops, but it was not the only accomplishment that the four-legged military member achieved.
He saved Monahan’s life.
“It was really a committed relationship between Chico and I for a whole year, and on top of that, he saved my life,” the veteran shared.
Beautiful memories of Chico from Monahan were also filled with regrets, however, since he had to return to the U.S. when it was time the military be pulled out from Vietnam and left Chico behind.
“And there’s a lot of guilt leaving him behind,” Monahan said, telling of how poor Chico’s abandonment haunted him over the past decades.
“Chico saved my life and then I had to walk away from him, so for 51 years, it’s just been weighing heavy on my heart.”
Chico was among more than the other 4,000 K9 members who could not accompany their troops back to the U.S. as the war wrapped up.
In honor of venerable Chico in Monahan’s heart, he was determined to set out on a mission to rescue dogs that are unfortunate to not be part of a loving home.
Monahan wants to pay adoption fees for 50,000 dogs.
He is now the author of several books about his experience in Vietnam, including “Occupy Your Future,” “Your Future is Stick in Your Past,” “Seven Simple Truths,” “Row, Row Your Boat,” and “From the Jungle to the Boardroom.”
This year, he is introducing the “Chico’s promise” written of his long-lost furry fellow’s plight, based on his memory. The content of the book will provide a realistic picture of a dog’s predicament who lives in abandonment and stripped from a caring home.
Starting a kickstarter campaign on the book, he is hopeful it will raise more compassion towards pets.
“My dream is that millions of people will read Chico’s story, fall in love with him, become inspired, and join forces to improve the treatment of dogs by eliminating abuse and abandonment.”
The profits from selling the books, as Monahan shared, would be used to help him achieve the mission.
If you would like to contribute to Monahan’s fundraiser and learn more about Chico, you should click here.