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No Buddy Left Behind: Bringing U.S. Troops' Dogs And Cats Safely Home From The Combat Zone Hardcover – October 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762773863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762773862
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Unlike many animal books, No Buddy Left Behind is not only about rescuing strays but also about U.S. soldiers trying to survive the horrors of war and readjust to life back home. Many troops serving in the Middle East share life-altering relationships with stray dogs and cats they save from the brutalities of life in Iraq and Afghanistan. Overcoming monumental obstacles, author Terri Crisp makes it her mission to get these soldiers' "buddies" out of danger and bring them home to the people who love them. So, how does someone get an animal out of a country where a dysfunctional infrastructure means that normal resources don't exist, and every step of a plan to transport animals could get someone arrested, kidnapped, or blown apart? As Crisp soon discovers, each rescue mission, from start to finish, could easily be terminated at any point, and no animal is truly safe until its paws touch U.S. soil. Terri and her team of volunteers have saved the lives of 282 dogs and 58 cats befriended by military personnel since February 2008—and No Buddy Left Behind tells this incredible story.

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A must read if you love animals.
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What a wonderful story about the dedication of SPCA International to bring home these wonderful pets!
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If you love animals and can relate to the bond between man and dog, you will inhale this book.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By kinseyka on November 7, 2011
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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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. Anderson on November 3, 2011
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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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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on June 14, 2012
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On June 14, an investigative story CNN tonight on Anderson Cooper 360 aired regarding SPCA International and Terri Crisp.

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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Diane on October 19, 2011
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sundoggie on November 22, 2012
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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 cnn.com/2012/06/14/us/animal-charity-investigation for more information.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Opalinski on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Looking at the Sea on January 10, 2013
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After struggling to even get into this book and finally reading the reviews, particularly the one-star evaluations, I took time to look up Terri Crisp and found more than I wanted to read. I will quote.

"In that settlement agreement from the summer of 2007, Crisp agreed not to "serve as an officer, director or trustee or in any position having the duties or responsibilities of an officer, director or trustee, with any non-profit organization for a period of five (5) years from the date of the execution of this Settlement Agreement."

It is a serious thing to be barred from having anything to do materially with a charity. Terri Crisp has had that decision made against her in a court of law.

It is my opinion that a person who is barred for any length of time from having responsibilities in a charity should not be allowed to start up another charity or be an officer of any charity. Additionally, the founder of the organization engaged in bringing animals out of the war zone also has a questionable past. Charities involving animals should not be money-makers. Shame shame shame on anyone involved in taking money from kind-hearted people and not using it for the animals.

There was something about this book that did not sit well with me from the start. The writing is amateurish, there is far too much detailed dialogue to be believable, and a book that should have been a page-turner became something I paged through to look at the photos of the dogs and cats.
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