In my short story collection relative to the “Vietnam War,” my main character is a U.S. Army Scout Dog. SHE (yes, a female Scout Dog) is trying to get back home to “the world” on her own resources. From time to time she must have the assistance of human beings.
SGT “Spooky/The Soul Man” B. Goodsheperd (named so by the family who donated her to the U.S. Army Scout Dog Training Program in 1967) is running for her life because the Department of Defense has decided it would be less expensive to leave U.S. Military War Dogs in country in Vietnam as EQUIPMENT rather than return them to the States. Politics and moral positioning are involved, of course.
Does my Scout Dog make it back home or not?