ATTLEBORO (CBS) – U.S. Army Captain AJ Ferraro wrapped up his tour in Afghanistan two months earlier than expected.
“I didn’t tell a soul, and it was quite its own military operation to keep it secret,” said AJ Ferraro.READ MORE: Large Search Underway Near Newburyport Boat Club For Missing Man Kevin Mahoney
So he mapped out a plan with his best friend to surprise his family at their Attleboro home last month.
“I saw AJ, and I started crying of course,” said Carol Ferraro.
But little did AJ know, his mom and dad had a doggy waiting to see him!
“It was just awesome great surprise,” said AJ.
When AJ showed up, Pagunda was right next to his parents.READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Massachusetts Still 'Very Much Right In The Thick' Of COVID Pandemic
He’s a dog AJ fell in love with in Afghanistan and was in the process of adopting.
“He was there at the door wagging his tail, and I just lost it. I showed up in the front door, and I didn’t know who to talk to first, who to see first my parents – my mom, the dog,” said AJ.
AJ met Pagunda through an organization called “Nowzad.” It rescues animals in Afghanistan, helping them find new homes, often with deployed soldiers.
“They were saying the organization said that he was probably injured either in a car accident or something or maybe an IED it’s really not known,” said AJ.
AJ is thankful his mom Carol was able to get Pagunda stateside, and Carol is just glad her boy is home safe.MORE NEWS: Where Did Summer Go? Looking Back On A July That Featured Record-Breaking Rain And Cold
“I am so proud of him; don’t make me cry now. Army mom,” said Carol Ferraro.