One Dog at a Time
Saving the Strays of Afghanistan
By (author) Pen Farthing
Format: Paperback / softback
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One Dog at a Time by Pen Farthing
"The remarkable true story of one man's fight to save the stray dogs of Afghanistan in the spirit of "From Baghdad, With Love In the remote outpost of Now Zad, Afghanistan, Pen Farthing and his troop of young Royal Marines survive frequent engagements with the Taliban and forge links with the local community. Appalled by the horrors of local dog fighting, Pen has no choice but to intervene. Then one of the dogs he frees finds his way into the Marine compound--and into Pen's heart. Soon other strays are drawn into the sanctuary provided by the makeshift pound, including one young mother who crawls under the compound fence carrying her newborn pups to safety. As his tour of duty draws to an end, Pen cannot leave the dogs of Now Zad to their fates. He begins hatching plans to help them escape to a better life. "One Dog at a Time "is the gripping account of one man's courage and humanity, and his fight to make a difference in the most hostile and dangerous environments, one dog at a time.
"Kindness flourishes in an Afghan war zone, where British Royal Marine Farthing begins rescuing the starving strays nosing their way onto his compound. Offering food and love is a temporary solution, so Farthing hatches a dangerous plan to transport the dogs to a rescue sanctuary. Readers will come to know and love each mutt and to admire Farthing, whose caring doesn't end when his tour does: He now runs the Nowzad Dogs charity for animals of war."
"A tale for true dog lovers."
--"THE NEW YORK POST"
"Pen's is a courageous story of how dog and solider become best friends in the most volatile of places and the unbreakable bond that exists between them. His commitment to his work in Afghanistan is inspirational, and is transforming dogs and our soldiers' lives, too."
--CESAR MILLAN, THE DOG WHISPERER
""One Dog at a Time" provides the reader with an insider's view of life in an austere combat zone--both the terrifying and mundane events of daily life 'at the tip of the spear'. For Farthing and his Royal Marine mates, life in Now Zad is countless hours and days of boredom among moments of sheer fear of the enemy's mortar attacks and the unknown of countless patrols into Taliban territory. In the midst of it all, the Royal Marines find their humanity through the strays they come to know and love and who become their mascots, friends and battle buddies, and, most importantly, help them maintain their sanity and compassion against the realities of their situation. "One Dog at a Time" allows us to glimpse, through the struggles of some of these four-legged strays, the struggles of an entire nation, and the heart-rending reality of life in war-torn Afghanistan. One can only hope the outcome is as good for the people of Afghanistan living in the Helmand Province as it was for the affable and lucky mutts who will surely win the readers' hearts."
--JAY KOPELMAN, author of the "New York Times" bestselling "FROM BAGHDAD WITH""LOVE"""and"FROM BA
Classification: Dogs as pets , Afghan War
Format: Paperback / softback (209mm x 141mm x 22mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States
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A passion for the outdoors and a love of doing everything the hard way found an 18 year old PEN FARTHING visiting a Royal Marine careers office asking to take on the toughest infantry training in the world. 30 weeks later and Pen had earned the coveted Green Beret of the Commandos. His military career, which has included tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, lasted over twenty years. Since publication of "One Dog at a Time," Pen has left the Marines to run his charity Nowzad Dogs and - when time allows - an outdoor adventure company. Pen walks his Afghan / Iraqi pack (Nowzad, Tali, Patchdog and Maxchat) in two shifts and has won The Dogs Trust Dog's Best Friend Award and the IFAW Pets and People Award. Nowzad and Tali were nominated for the Crufts Friends for Life Award.
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