EDDINGTON — Maine Army National Guard’s 1136th Transportation Company is shipping out this week for Afghanistan. But the soldiers are leaving behind something for their families.

The 170 soldiers adopted a four-legged friend named Honey while training at Fort Hood, Texas, and they chipped in to have the dog shipped to Maine.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Farquharson of Calais says the Labrador mixed breed was skinny and eating from Dumpsters when she crossed paths with the Maine soldiers. He says Honey will stay with his wife but will also attend monthly family support meetings and summer Guard gatherings.

The Bangor Daily News says soldiers can keep up with Honey via Facebook. The dog already has dozens of friends, most of them connected to the Guard unit.