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Publisher's Summary

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity".

In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON - the most elite fighters in the corps - in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog "with a big goofy head and little legs" who didn't seem vicious or to run in a pack like most strays they'd encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered - against military regulations - the dog began to follow him. "Looks like you made a friend," another marine yelled. Grossi heard, "Looks like a Fred." The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.

Fred not only stole Craig's heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag - risking jail and Fred's life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig's family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the US, it was Fred's turn to save the wounded marine from post-traumatic stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart - "it is not what happens to us that matters but how we respond to it" - Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.

©2017 Craig and Fred INC. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Looks like a Fred

I highly recommend this book. Listening to Craig tell his and Craig's story was time well spent. I enjoyed getting to know Craig and Fred. It was interesting and inspirational getting to hear from Craig directly on how he got Fred home.

My only critique is that Craig is not a professional performer. There were a few times it seemed like the flow wasn't quite there. Having said that, I wouldn't want anyone else to tell the story and enjoyed Fred's contribution as well (he makes a few noises in the background). For the most part Craig did great!

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  • Roy
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All the better narrated

All the better narrated by Craig. Real people, real life, as told by a real guy.

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Love Fred

Love Fred and you too Craig. Was waiting to hear from Fred with a bark. That would have been so totally cool.
Keep up with your writing. So inspirational. More, more, please.

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Fred Rocks!

Fred may have not been a glamorous dog, and Craig may not have been a captain of industry, but the love her showed Fred and the courage he showed in taking in Fred and then getting him all the way home, was enough to get my total respect! My favorite stories are about the folks who bring back these lost pups from a combat zone, and this does not disappoint! Craig talks about organizations like Baghdad Pups and others that help soldiers/marines/etc. and the amazing work they do. I actually have been a supporter of Baghdad pups for many years since it's earliest rescues, and I am pretty certain Fred was one of the puppers I helped get home, which makes me possibly a proud aunty! I read a couple of interviews that rated the narration low because the author read it, but I really enjoyed his reading, and even his voice, as it sounded like we were sitting in a room and just talking about things and he was telling me his story just as it happened in his own voice with his own inflections. Well done! This is not a long review, but I will just say this...........LISTEN TO/READ THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed! HUAH!

Live long and pawsper, Fred!

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Totally captivating story!

Craig Grossi did a fabulous job with this book! The tale is constructed to well that even though there is no 'surprise' ending, I couldn't wait until the next chapter to learn more and more details of this incredible journey. Couldn't put it down!

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Highly recommend.

This was a great story about a vet and the challenges he faced coming home. I would. Recommend this to anyone who wants a small look into some of the many issues vets deal with on a daily basis.

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A Great Guy and His Awesome Dog

An incredible story - I really liked the details about times on the missions. It gives us civilians a picture of what is really happening. If you like dogs it is a wonderful story of how a man and the dog both won the lottery!

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Wow

What a great book. We laughed, there may have been a tear or two and we drove around aimlessly just to listen.

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Wonderful story, made me laugh and cry

Thank you Craig Grossi for your shared story with Fred. I'm glad writing it has helped you both heal, and it was special for me as the 'reader' to hear your voice in the telling of your story. I highly recommend this book.

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What a beautiful, encouraging story! Criag thank you for your service and for your courage to share your experience. It takes humility and strength to open up like you did in this book. Fred, thank you for taking care of your devil dog and getting him through the darkness.
Amazing story!
Semper Fi