Craig & Fred

A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other

    • 4.7 • 201 Ratings
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Publisher Description

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 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 U.S., 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 31
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

Hofjugs ,

Great reading!

Loved this book! Kept my interest the whole way through. The fact that it was a true story about serving time in Afghanistan, and of course the dog, made it so interesting. I highly recommend it!

enj0yl!f3 ,

Craig & Fred - Read This Book - It’s Absolutely Fantastic!

In my opinion, this is a book well worth reading!

For those who love animals, you soon learn the love you show to your animal friend is returned to you in abundance. This is the story of Craig and Fred who developed a bond so strong in Afghanistan that it fortifies them both through war and life. It is a true love story, who’s lessons can apply to today’s world of social unrest between various peoples.

The writing style is very effective in defusing the emotional heaviness of war with the positive powerfulness of life. Thank you, Craig, for bringing this story to the world at large and helping us to somewhat understand the needs of returning veterans.

P.S. Here’s a virtual salute to “Sergeant” Fred!

Sid 47 ,

My feelings

A truly heart warming story.

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