No Buddy Left Behind

No Buddy Left Behind

Bringing U.S. Troops' Dogs and Cats Safely Home From the Combat Zone

Book - 2012
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No Buddy Left Behind is an animal book with a difference. It is not only about rescued dogs and cats, but also about U.S. soldiers trying to survive the horrors of war and readjust to life back home. It unveils the life-altering relationships American troops serving in the Middle East share with the stray dogs and cats they rescue from the brutalities of war. Overcoming monumental obstacles, Terri Crisp makes it her mission to save these wartime "buddies," get them out of danger, and bring them home to the soldiers who love them.So, how does someone get animals out of a country at war when normal resources are lacking and every step of a plan to transport animals could get you arrested, kidnapped, or blown apart? As Crisp soon learns, each rescue mission from first to last is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience, and no animal is truly safe until its paws touch American soil. Terri and her team have saved the lives of 223 dogs and forty-two cats befriended by military personnel since February 2008 - and No Buddy Left Behind finally tells this story.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780762773862
0762773863
Characteristics: xviii, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hurn, Cynthia

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Jul 11, 2015

This book was at times heartbreaking, but also very heartwarming, detailing the dedication of many people who worked to bring home stray animals that had become the beloved companions of American soldiers and contractors in Iraq. I was very touched to read about the impact these cats and dogs had on their humans' lives, both while serving in Iraq and after the animals and their humans were reunited in the U.S. It inspires me to see so many people like SPCAI and FedEx dedicated to animal welfare and also giving back to the people who defend their country's freedom.

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