Thursday, 26 February 2009

*UPDATED* One Dog At A Time ~ Saving The Strays Of Helmand

A couple of weeks ago a copy of Pen's book "One Dog At A Time ~ Saving The Strays Of Helmand" arrived in the post.

We were soooo excited!! So I will now hand todays blog over to Mum who, as promised, will review the book and give you details of where you can purchase your very own copy!

So I settled down to read, book in one hand, cup of coffee in the other and box of chocolates at my side. The coffee went cold, the chocolates remained untouched, engrossed doesn't seem an adequate word.. I couldn't put this book down!
You don't need much imagination when reading this book, from the very start you feel you are on a journey with Pen.
The book begins in the weeks before his deployment to Afghanistan. His thoughts, fears emotions and expectations. By the time you have got to the part where he leaves his wife Lisa and their dogs Fizz and Beamer to begin his tour of duty you are sharing every raw emotion and every fear with him... no really.. by the time Pen arrives at the outpost in Nowzad you can literally feel the searing heat, the dust that clings to everything and you will be swatting away imaginary flies!
His first encounter with Nowzad at a dog fight, his fury at the senseless cruelty of it, his frustration as a dog lover will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion.
Nowzads arrival in camp some days later seems almost like fate, battered, wrapped in wire, his ears and tail cruelly cut off (to make him a better fighting dog) this dog had absolutely no reason to trust humankind, no reason to believe that anyone of the two legged variety would show him anything but abuse and cruelty. Temporarily placated with a sausage he was warily released from the wire, possibly the first act of kindness he had ever been afforded. Here in the book is where you may want to pause and arm yourself with a stock supply of kleenex, you are about to embark on an incredible journey, The subsequent bond which forms between these two unlikely friends is a journey I wouldn't want to miss and nor should you. It's ups and downs, the arrival of several more impromptu "rescue" dogs each of which this burly Royal Marine just couldn't turn his back on is captivating. The struggle to get the dogs to safety, the red tape and lack of communication with the outside world will leave you hanging off your seat, the failed attempts, the ticking clock as time runs out will have you chewing your fingernails down to nothing!
I have laughed, I have cried, I have felt frustration, disbelief and have held my breath till I needed to be reminded to breathe!
If I thought I knew the Nowzad story I was wrong, If I thought I was about to read a book where I knew the beginning and end I was wrong. The story is so much more than that of a dog loving marine who couldn't walk away. This is a story of love, fear, compassion, grief, determination and courage.
I won't spoil the book for anyone wishing to read it by giving away any more of the content, but I will sum it up by saying that the book is A MUST READ!
It is brilliantly written, the honesty and emotion is breathtaking and when you come to the end of the last page you will wish there was more.

Whether you are a dog lover, have loved ones serving in Afghanistan or just love a good story then this book is FOR YOU!


The book can be purchased via Amazon HERE

or directly from the Nowzad Dogs Website (where you can also pay by cheque) HERE

Okay now back to me, it's my blog after all!!

We have nominated Pen for the Dogs Trust Dog’s Best Friend Award 2009. The award is For a special human who has gone that extra mile for dogs, through fundraising, rescuing, or rehoming abandoned dogs. We think Pen truly deserves the title. If you wish to nominate Pen you can do so HERE
Lets show him how the four leggeds of this world appreciate his hard work and compassion.

Ben xxxx

PeeeeS: Especially for Miss Fluffy Tail Khyra (See I DO love you and I DO listen to you) a little photo of me enjoying a big ole handful of.....


hubba hubba!!!!! (More piccies to come and the story of how I came to be in possesion of such a wonderful amount of Khyra Goodness amongst other things!! Very Soon!!!)


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I khan't believe THIS!

Your furst post in HOW LONG and we don't khatch a glimpse of WOO and all your HANDSOMENESS???


ANYWAY, tank woo fur the tip about the book...I'll send the opposable thumb to the link to chekhk it out!

AND I'll take khare of the other one!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

THAT'S much better!



pughy said...

Ah its good to see the lovely Khyra happy again. Now Ben you must show her more pictures soon.
My mum wants to read the book very soon.
Hugs your fluffy relation,
Ginger Jasper xxx

Wooo you cant catch me

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Hi Ben, just popped by to say "hello". My J will read this post in more detail later, but the book sounds a very interesting read.

lotsaluv, Marvin xxxx

Deetz said...

Ben, I am so sorry to hear about your grandma...I just went back in your posts and read about it. I am so far behind with my friends bloggies since my mum got back to work and stuff. I missed your cute face a lot.
I will check out this book

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Good to see you post again. You had us all on edge as we read your review. We are in a no-purchases unless it's a total emergency mode, so we won't be able to read the book, but it sounds captivating. We hope lots will buy it and learn something from it.

Lacy said...

w00f's ben, its nice to hear from u, me missed mama got a email from them yesterday, she will have to check out the book..

b safe,

Eric said...

Hi Ben, That book sounds nearly as good as my Dastardly book. Mom will check it out, she says she hope your Mom put her review on Amazon. I'll wag over to the Dog's Trust too.

Sweet dreams of you know WOO!!

Wiry wags, Eric xx

Bobby said...

Sounds like a great read.

Tracey and Huffle said...

Phew I thought we weren't going to see you again for ages!

Huffle Mawson

Maggie and Mitch said...

This book sounds fabulous! We're off to check it out!
Good to see you, Ben! You were missed!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Moco said...

The crazy old bat says that this is a book she would really like to read. Thanks for bringing it to us.

Abby said...

Hi, Ben...

My Mom says she really wants to get that book...She's gonna order it...

Abby xxxooo

Joe Stains said...

Oh My you lucky dog!! We will totally check that book out!!

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Hi Ben!

Sorry for not stopping by sooner...your Mom's review of that book was AWESOME! Mom feels like getting a copy too...hopefully we can find it here in Malaysia. If not,we'll have to order one online =)

Omigosh! You got some Khyra fluff? Cool! Hope you have a great weekend!


happy said...

Hi Ben! That sounds like a good book to read. Good review.

Martha Basset said...

Hi Ben
Well your mum's review of Pen's book was brilliant and our mum will certainly make sure she gets a copy. As luck would have it she has some left over money from xmas vouchers with Amazon!
You of course are looking as devilishly handsome as always!
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xx

Fred said...

That book sounds paw-some! My Old Girl likes to read and review books on her blog, so I'll definitely tell her about it!

LuLu and LoLLy! said...

Dear Ben, Two Paws Up! for an outstanding report on a good book. Also, if the choklits are still untouched could we have them we are not allowed choklit ever by our Humans. Supposedly bad blah blah, altho it is true LoLLy jumped off the balcony screaming "Super Dog!" last time we broke into the M&Ms. Love, your PaLs, LuLu and LoLly!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Ben!
The book sounds pawesome. I hope we can get it here!
Tell us more about Khyra's fluff!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

lebdale said...

bought the book waiting for it arriving and my daughter saw the stall at crufts where they were signing the books wish i had waited and got one there would have had it now