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No Buddy Left Behind: Bringing U.S. Troops' Dogs and Cats Safely Home from the Combat Zone [Kindle Edition]

Terri Crisp , Cynthia Hurn
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Book Description

How the love of a stray dog or cat rescued in the combat zone helps U.S. troops deal with the trauma of war, and how one woman risks everything to bring these soldiers’ buddies home.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Terri Crisp's Out of Harm's Way:

''Poignant memories from an animal savior . . . Crisp's highly personalized accounts of daring rescues, incredible volunteer efforts, and the bonds of tenderness that form between humans and animals are quite touching.'' --Kirkus Reviews


"For Operation Baghdad Pups to succeed, a huge number of people from diverse walks of life--high school students, airline executives, veterinarians, military officers, journalists and others--had to work in concert, with patience, determination and selflessness, to get the animals safely home. This is the story of human beings at their best." --The Star-Ledger
“The war took my son away, but that dog saved his life and brought him home again.”
—The mother of a Special Forces soldier whose dog was rescued by Operation Baghdad Pups

“Many soldiers who wouldn’t come for counseling before came just to see the puppy. While holding the dog, they would suddenly open up and we could establish therapeutic relationships. He was the best mental health technician on the team!”
—Major Jennifer Mann, USAF (Retired)
“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 toward life.”
—A soldier requesting help from Operation Baghdad Pups

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  • File Size: 3584 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UZNDW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful and heartwarming November 7, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was wonderful to read the story behind the rescues that I'd been reading about through email about SPCA International and their Baghdad pups - safely bringing the cats and dogs - and recently even a donkey named Smoke (his story is not in the book) from an abusive and deadly existence in Iraq to America and the families of the soldiers - men and women- who relied on them and loved them. These animals are fiercely protective of our soldiers and they share a strong bond. Not all the stories end happily -- but it is an amazing mission that these folks do to bring these loved animals to safety.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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This is an amazing book and a wonderful illustration of the remarkable work that Operation Baghdad Pups has accomplished for our troops and their furry friends. As a soldier and recipient of Operation Baghdad Pups support in saving our Squadron mascot/buddy, Balls the Cat (mission number 44, rescued on Jan 12th 2010), I can attest and relate to these heart-felt stories. I love this book and have given it to several friends and they have loved it too. Thank you Operation Baghdad Pups for what you do and thank you Terri and Cindy for your devotion to these animals and dedication in bringing these astonishing stories to print.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Valerie
Format:Kindle Edition
On June 14, an investigative story CNN tonight on Anderson Cooper 360 aired regarding SPCA International and Terri Crisp.


Google "Terri Crisp" and "Attorney General" to learn everything you need to know about this fraud.

(CNN) -- A charity that raised close to $27 million to help animals worldwide spent nearly all of that money on fund-raising expenses paid to a direct-mail company.
In addition, CNN found that the charity, SPCA International, misrepresented one of its programs called "Baghdad Pups" on its tax filings and hired an officer for that program with a questionable background.
In 2010, SPCA International owed $8.4 million to Quadriga Art LLC and its affiliated company, Brickmill Marketing Services, according to publicly available Internal Revenue Service 990 tax records.
Quadriga Art is one of the world's largest direct-mail providers to charities and nonprofits. It is the same fund-raiser hired by two veterans charities that spent tens of millions of dollars for its services -- triggering a Senate investigation last month into whether one of the charities should retain its tax-exempt status.
That charity, Washington-based Disabled Veterans National Foundation, collected nearly $56 million in donations over the past three years yet paid Quadriga Art more than $60 million in fees, according to a CNN investigation into the charity's tax records.
'AC360' report prompts Senate to act Baucus talks about investigation Is charity for veterans a rip-off?
The other veterans charity, National Veterans Foundation, raised more than $22 million in donations over the past three years to help veterans yet spent about $18.2 million to pay Quadriga Art, according to IRS 990 forms.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming October 19, 2011
By Diane
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This story exemplifies what a person with a "can do" attitude is able to accomplish against multiple major obstacles. Thankfully, for our well deserving soldiers, Terri Crisp was able to surmount the obstacles and save so many pets for them. It truly warmed my heart to read the correspondence from the soldiers and their families about the tremendously positive impact that the dogs and cats had upon the morale of the troops. Combining soldiers and pets together makes this book a winner.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love dogs, DO NOT SUPPORT TERRI CRISP!! November 22, 2012
Anderson Cooper of CNN reported this evening (11/22/12) on how Terri Crisp deceives donors of "Bagdad Dogs"/"SPCA". She would like you to believe that she is raising all kinds of money to help soldiers return home with their dogs, etc. Instead she takes millions of dollars and makes it disappear-between salaries for her and her daughter, along with suspicious "fundraising expenses". If you truely care about dogs, like I do-support honorable organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States. It sickens me to think of millions of hard-earned American dollars sent to Terri Crisp's organizations with virtually nothing spent for the purpose it is supposed to go to. I'm sure this book is great, and I feel sorry for the people who colaborated with Terri on this book. See for more information.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terri Crisp and the whole operation are frauds July 3, 2012
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I read this book and enjoyed it at the time but have since learned from CNN that Terri Crisp and the whole operation is a scam. I sincerely regret purchasing this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Animal Lovers Everywhere! February 10, 2012
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"No Buddy Left Behind: Bringing U.S. Troops' Dogs and Cats Safely Home from the Combat Zone", was such a wonderful audio book experience. Pet lovers everywhere will be able to relate to the lost, lonely, empty feeling that most likely would hit us if we had to leave the country and also leave behind our animals that have helped us through many sad and uncertain times.

In the midst of a country torn apart by war, American Soldiers forced to leave their families behind in the states, tried to make the best of a very difficult situation. Loneliness and depression were often commonplace, and although soldiers were forbidden to befriend stray animals they came in contact with while fighting a war, the rules were often bent to give the servicemen something positive, something to care about and look forward to at the end of their long days.

With a genuine concern for what would happen to the soldier's new best friends, when they left Iraq and Afghanistan, several military personnel contacted Terri Crisp, International Program Manager for Operation Baghdad Pups with the SPCA International to plead their case as to what their new companion meant to them, and why their animal should be shipped back to the U.S.

Although there is strict criteria which needs to be met, if the animal is eligible for the program, the organization provides all of the veterinary care, and makes all the necessary transportation arrangement to make things go as smoothly as possible. Since 2008, Terri, along with a team of dedicated volunteers rescued and transported some 280+ animals out of the war zone and eventually into a loving home of a serviceman or their family members.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 19 days ago by Betty A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend It.
As an animal lover I could not put this book down. I learned more about the terrible conditions our troops are bravely serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Susan H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming stories.
The effort that some will put forth to save an animal, even when it isn't their own, is amazing. An emotional draining read, but one that restored,for me, the belief that there are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Airattack
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't stop reading
I was amazed at the stories of the soldiers and their families and what these animals did for them. One would imagine that it wouldn't be much work to get these animals home, but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by edhpatty
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great service they provide
Wonderful to read that so many people were willing to help out to get the soldier's animals back to the states for them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Debi Hallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
I believe in supporting our troops. This book brought tears to my eyes and filled me with admiration for all the volunteers who make Baghdad Pups possible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colleen F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier's best friend?
It is easy, having been there, to understand a soldier's attachment to the unique role of a dog in a combat setting. And the pain of leaving such a dog behind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lewis Wetzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals will touch your heart
I like dogs, and I feel that saving them is a way of showing compassion to the co-inhabitants of the world we share
Published 7 months ago by Pat Clay
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone whom has been "saved" by a dog or cat
This book sheds light on a rescue operation program that brings home the dogs and cats that keep our soldiers sane in a w zone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andie Yahn
5.0 out of 5 stars box of Kleenex required
What a wonderful story of love and devotion forged out of a bad nightmare. Lived reading the stories and their tales of survival.
Published 9 months ago by rbnmartin
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