By Debbie Gregory.
Wrigley heiress Helen Rosburg, the great-granddaughter of Wrigley chewing gum founder William Wrigley, reached out to a United States Marine and the two dogs he rescued from Afghanistan.
Sgt. Andrew Morales, who rescued Dusty and Wyatt, could not get a commercial airline to fly his dogs from San Diego to his family’s new home in North Carolina. Helen Rosburg stepped up to help.
Morales had rescued Dusty and Wyatt almost three years ago, while on an overseas tour of duty. He could not bear to part with the two mixed breed Anatolian Shepherds.
Dogs are man’s best friend, and Morales said that in Afghanistan, that adage is especially true.
Morales learned that he was being transferred from his base in Southern California to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and the airlines could not accommodate the size of his dogs. Searching for advice, Morales called the rescue league that had helped him bring the dogs stateside.
His story was posted on Facebook, where it caught the attention of Ms. Rosburg. She didn’t hesitate to charter a private jet to get the Morales family and their dogs to their new home.
“He was going to lose his dogs and I said ‘Not on my watch,'” Rosburg said. “He’s a hero on so many different levels. The Wrigleys are an extremely patriotic family, and I am a true Wrigley child.”
Rosburg has a reputation for rescuing animals, and is the founder of On the Wings of Angels Rescue. This privately funded rescue takes in dogs with nowhere left to go. They rehabilitate and train the animals through obedience, play, structure, socialization and confidence building.
Morales said he and his family would like to thank Rosburg in person.
“From the bottom of my and my wife’s hearts, we really appreciate what she did for us,” Morales said.