Having a ruff day? Major Brian Dennis had many of those while serving on the front lines in Iraq. Then he found an abused dog and together they helped each other survive a war zone.

Major Brian Dennis, a Marine fighter pilot who served three tours in Iraq, was patrolling with his team along the Syrian border when they found dozens of homeless and abused dogs. Dennis called the stray who took a particular liking to his team "Nubs" because his ears had been purposely cut off by an Iraqi to make him a fighter dog. Having a ruff day? Major Brian Dennis had many of those while serving on the front lines in Iraq. Then he found an abused dog and together they helped each other survive a war zone.

Major Brian Dennis, a Marine fighter pilot who served three tours in Iraq, was patrolling with his team along the Syrian border when they found dozens of homeless and abused dogs. Dennis called the stray who took a particular liking to his team "Nubs" because his ears had been purposely cut off by an Iraqi to make him a fighter dog.

Nubs is the fastest dog Dennis has ever seen, and says the pooch would run 35 mph along with their Humvee -- long after the other dogs stopped. Then one day Nubs was intentionally stabbed with a screwdriver. Dennis gave the pooch antibiotics, but didn't expect him to survive the night with 18 degree temperatures. Remarkably, Nubs did survive ... and spent days alone in the desert following Major Dennis and his team over 70 miles to their new assigned location. It's against military regulations to keep dogs on base, but Dennis knew this stray had fought long enough to survive. With the help of friends and an e-mail chain, he raised $5,000 to fly Nubs back home to San Diego so he could wait for his new best friend's tour to end.

Are you tearing up yet? Warner Brothers is betting this story will strike the same emotional nerve that 'Marley & Me' did, so they're bringing the narrative of a Marine and his mutt to the big screen. Justin Zackham, writer of 'The Bucket List,' will script and co-produce 'Nubs.' Like 'Marley,' the film will show the human and animal connection -- but don't expect to see combat scenes even though this dog's tale begins in Iraq.

Better get Nubs' pawtograph now before his self-titled film hits the big screen. He's already gotten cozy on 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien,' 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' and 'Today' after the release of the New York Times children's best-selling book 'Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle.' If you live in the Camp Pendleton, CA area, here's your chance. You can meet Major Brian Dennis and shake Nubs' paw on December 5th at noon.
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