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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About the Author
Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. After returning from Afghanistan, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended Georgetown University. When not travelling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations, including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS). He and Fred live in Washington, DC. You can find them online at www.fredtheafghan.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I definitely had a few tears come down but it’s not overall a sad book. It makes you appreciate what our men and women fight for and made me realize even more that most of the people of Afghanistan want to live in peace to raise their families and earn money without it being stolen from the taliban. And that’s what these marines were trying to give back to the villagers...a sense of normalcy again and it was nice to hear first hand accounts that many of the villagers were grateful to them for helping to drive out their suppressors. And then the whole story of Fred, the Afghani dog, that is part of the whole thing...it’s actually really remarkable! Loved this book. Couldn't put it down and read it all in less than 24 hours!
If you want a book that touches your soul and especially your heart than you have to read this book.
Curious because I love dogs, I started this incredible story. I now have a better understanding of the hell our marines went through & a much deeper respect and appreciation for all they’ve done. And I’m just flat out in love with Fred!
Couldn't put this book down. Craig is a truly brave person as is Fred.
As a mother of a marine that was deployed to Afghanistan it truly helped me to understand what our servicemen and women go through. Craig and Fred is a must read.