The love of a dog or cat helps heal soldiers’ emotional trauma. One very special woman and program reunites them after the war.
“I have sacrificed a lot to serve my country. All that I ask is to be allowed to bring home the incredible dog that wandered into my life here in Iraq and prevented me from becoming terribly calloused towards life.”—a soldier requesting help from Operation Baghdad Pups
No Buddy Left Behind is an animal book with a difference. It is not only about rescued dogs and cats but also about US 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 282 dogs and 58 cats befriended by military personnel since February 2008—and No Buddy Left Behind finally tells this story.
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Excellent book, painful narrator!
The narrator needs to go, I almost gave up on this book, but only the book itself saved it and kept me going. Seriously, I kept glancing up and going to audible to look at the "Return" link, thinking, Holy cow! I'm actually going to return a book?!?
This could be a four-star book, but I kept finding myself "re-reading" in my head, knowing certain lines and scenes could've been delivered with much greater emotion and pathos.
Considering how brutal the war can be, on soldiers, civilian populations, on every living creature, it was really, really nice to hear people come together with pride and with a genuine willingness to help the soldiers out. I also liked that this book stayed away from the political, and was firmly anchored in emotion and action.
ANYONE! OH GOD, ANYONE!!!! She delivers everything in a sing-song voice, as though she's reading to little kids. Her inflections disrupt the rhythm of the prose. And when she gets to serious subject matter, her tone is the same: It's jaunty and jocular; it's peppy and horribly, horribly inappropriate!
Yes, as the story is heartfelt, suspenseful, and just damned good.
One warning: PTSD is a very serious condition that affects animals just as much as it affects people. By the end of the book, you might feel really, really sad. How much hope is there? And how can we help?
Enjoyed this book so much I wanted more!
Dogs are amazing!
The info I learned about MWDs and the truth that the guys love their dogs.
She was able to capture the personality of each soldier she spoke for .
No Buddy Left Behind!