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Craig & Fred

A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other
Narrated by: Craig Grossi
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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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 US, 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.

©2017 Craig and Fred INC. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Why are my eyes leaking while I smile?

A really easy listen. A true feel good story. we all need a Fred in our lives.

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  • Paul Winker
  • 02-11-17

Looks like a Fred

I highly recommend this book. Listening to Craig tell his and Craig's story was time well spent. I enjoyed getting to know Craig and Fred. It was interesting and inspirational getting to hear from Craig directly on how he got Fred home.

My only critique is that Craig is not a professional performer. There were a few times it seemed like the flow wasn't quite there. Having said that, I wouldn't want anyone else to tell the story and enjoyed Fred's contribution as well (he makes a few noises in the background). For the most part Craig did great!

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  • Shannon Lurkin
  • 18-08-19

You’ll never want it to end.

Perfect combination of humor and hope mixed in with terrible tragedy. It’s more than entertaining, you’ll walk away with a better outlook on life and a greater understanding of what our men and women go through when serving our country in combat zones. Thank you for sharing your story and for your service.

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  • Shelly K.
  • 10-07-19

Semper Fi

As an old Marine and law enforcement K9 handler it was a pleasure to have listened to your story. Thank you Marine.

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  • Cpblackw
  • 30-03-20

Absolutely heart warming!!

A great story for any service member who had a similar experience with a canine companion while deployed. Craig and Fred makes you laugh, cry, smile, and jump for joy every step of the way. A great read and an even better listen when it comes from the two themselves!!! A must for service members or dog lovers!!

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  • Betty Boop
  • 20-03-20

Great Story

I was thrilled to listen to this book. Was sad when the story ended. Wanted it to keep going on to new adventures. Wonderful story and great to hear the author's voice narrating it.

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  • VitaFay
  • 16-03-20

Love it

Beautiful story. Enough details without being gory. Thanks. I read survivor stories because I seek out inspiration for my own journey. Thank you, Craig. Goal accomplished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

Thank you for your service!

Thank you for writing about your experience in the service and saving your lovely dog, Fred. I am sorry for the loss of your friends during the time you served. I am so glad you put your story out there for others to know and understand what the Military goes through. I have a son in the Army and I have such admiration for you all. Thank you Craig! God Bless you son!

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  • Cal L
  • 22-02-20

Dawg lover too!

Gosh what a heartfelt book. Craig opened his life & shared his struggles w/ PTSD & the dog who gave his life meaning. I live in the country & have 15 rescue “Rez” (Navajo Reservation) dawgs who have given my life meaning as well. Awesome book.

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  • Elizabeth Rowe
  • 11-02-20

Awesome

Best book ever!!! I’ve read many books in my life but this is in the top 5!!

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  • Jennifer Brewington
  • 29-01-20

I was intrigued from the start!!!

What a great book and I strongly recommend listening to it!!!I was intrigued right from the stsrt!!!