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This Afghan Street Dog Taught A U.S. Marine About The Power of Positivity. Now They’ve Written A Book About It.

by Amy Drew

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Craig Grossi was a U.S. Marine Sergeant in a terrible, violent place. Fred was a dog who, in the same, violent place, found reasons to wag his tail. That was their first meeting and it stayed with Grossi, so much so that when it came time to leave Afghanistan in 2010, he found a way to make sure Fred wasn’t left behind.

In the time since, Fred, says Grossi, has taught him many life lessons and continues to do so. Their story is chronicled in Grossi’s new book, “Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog and How They Rescued Each Other,” available now as an adult memoir and in a young readers’ edition.

Grossi and Fred trot down memory lane with their new book. Photo: Craig Grossi/Twitter


Fred, he says, has helped him adjust to civilian life, helped him heal from an injury sustained during active duty, helped him cope with the loss of two of his friends and fellow Marines.

You can get their book in all the usual places books are sold, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s another, older video where Craig recounts meeting and getting to know Fred