The extraordinary tale of survival and friendship between a man and a dog in war.
Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.
Judy's devotion to those she was interned with was matched by their love for her, which helped keep the men and their dog alive despite the ever-present threat of death by disease or the rifles of the guards. At one point, deep in despair and starvation, Frank contemplated killing himself and the dog to prevent either from watching the other die. But both were rescued, and Judy spent the rest of her life with Frank. She became the war's only official canine POW, and after she died at age 14, Frank couldn't bring himself to ever have another dog. Their story - of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances - is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.
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"No Better Friend personifies the relationship we all aspire to have with our dogs, and takes us on a harrowing journey to a place and time lost in the history books. A must read for every dog or animal lover." (Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse)
I had read a recommendation for this book, a brief one, and my being a dog lover, was looking forward to listening to the tales of this English Pointer. I was so surprised that this far exceeded the story of a resilient, intelligent dog. The history of this part of the world during WWII I wasn't aware of existing. The Bridge Over The River Kwai everyone from my generation is familiar with, but the POW's utilized, and tortured as slave labor building the railroad across Sumatra I was not. It is clear this book has been meticulously researched, and the reading of it was excellent. The trials and tribulations of this remarkable dog, and all of the humans she so positively impacted, is story for any generation. I could not recommend this audio or printed book more.
I don't think so. i bought the book because I love stories about dogs. Of the 14 or so hours of this book, probably not more than two are about the dog and owner. I have not finished the book yet but I am well into the second portion and have finally got to the point where the owner and dog meet up. It has been a struggle to get this far.
Waiting for Robert Crais new book.
The book was performed well.
I think I might have liked an abridged version better. I do like the stories where the dog is involved.
Ok I am addicted to Audible.
if you don't love dogs now you will after this book. Dogs make a house a home and a country a civilization.
Makes me wonder who saved who from the wild?
I have read and listened to countless books. I have read many accounts of the bond between a man and his dog. The story of Judy her love and support of her master and support to
mankind over 14 years during war, prisoner camps, and surviving Japanese inhumane punishment is one for the ages. Anyone reading this book can not ignore what we owe the canine animals and be vigilant in the
care of the homeless animals that cannot speak for themselves.
I am not a history person but I love this Pointers. I learned so much about the war and the awful treatment the POWs suffered via the Japanese. This book would have made me interested in history had I read it when I was a teen! Love & recommend this book to anyone, any age!
What a great story of love and bravery - of the dog Judy and all of the men who lived through the horrors of war. Everything about the book was great
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