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.
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This is the greatest dog rescue story I’ve ever read! If I could rate it a 10 stars, I would. Fascinating story for anyone to read. Military supporters and animal lovers will love this story! Great work Craig!! Fred you are awesome!!
Craig and Fred
As a civilian with no military experience, the only hope I have of understanding even a little bit about PTSD is hearing about each individual’s experiences, or at least the ones that they are willing to share with another person, group, or in a this case, the world.
As a dog lover, and supporter of service dogs for veterans challenged both physically and mentally, this book shines a bright light on just how critically important these animals are in assisting those needing help greeting each day. That Craig was blessed to meet and befriend a fully capable service dog (no training required...good boy!) in the dust of Afghanistan makes for a compelling tale of friendship and unconditional love, not only between man and dog, but also among the soldiers and friends that populate this excellent memoir.
Every person should be as lucky to find their own Fred.
I cried, a lot.
A touching story that touched me in so many ways. Thank you Craig and Fred.