BARB OVER AT BOOKER T’S FARM HOSTED A FUN LITTLE CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THE CHALLENGE WAS TO READ AT LEAST ONE BOOK WHICH HAS A DOG (OR CAT) ON THE COVER OR FEATURES (OR CAT) IN IT.
HERE ARE THE TWO BOOKS I CHALLENGED MYSELF TO READ AND MY THOUGHTS.
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. 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.”
Loved this book! I have read a couple books about U.S. soldiers in the Middle East that were handlers of American military dogs and their efforts to bring them back to the states but this was the first book that I read about a marine finding a stray and his efforts to get the dog to the U.S. The dog, Fred, provided tremendous comfort and companionship to the Marines in Craig’s battalion that they all decided to help Craig get him back to the states no matter what. The book also talks about Craig’s service in Afghanistan and the terrible things he saw and experienced and then coming home and dealing with it all. I loved the parts about how Craig could deal with his PTSD because he had Fred and they had experienced it together. The book concludes with the story of Craig and Fred on a summer long road trip across the country with another Marine veteran. It is a journey of healing and self discovery that highlights the special bond between Craig and Fred. I highly recommend this fantastic book about how dogs continue to show that they are man’s (and woman’s) best friend.
In a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere, a blind poet shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.
This was such an interesting book about how far society has come to accepting service dogs in our country and how these dogs are trained to be service dogs to the blind. However, a majority of the books was about the author, Stephen, and his journey to getting a guide dog finally at the age of 38 and the freedom that ensued. Growing up, Stephen’s parents told him to pretend that he could see because if adults knew he was blind he would be shamed and treated badly. So for his entire life until is late 30s, Stephen, and english professor, never let on that he was blind. After being layed off, Stephen decided he wanted to travel but knew he couldn’t do it himself. He applied to get a guide dog. When accepted, Stephen met his dog, Corky, and they spent 3 weeks training together. I loved reading about their instant bond and how smart and hardworking guide dogs are. “I stroked Corky’s silky ears and then, softly, I began to cry. I’d spent my adult life fearful. But with my dog, the mill wheel of progress was turning inside me. I was poised to walk New York City, to learn it-to learn I could do it. A woman across the aisle asked if I was ok. I told her I was fine, that I was about to be free.”
This book is currently READ NOW on NetGalley at time of posting.
This book publishes March 13th.