A story born from a stubborn commitment to innocence. Proof of what is possible when we refuse to become products of our environment.
"It's not what happens to you, but how you react that matters."
A little about ourselves...
Fred is a street dog from Sangin District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Despite being from one of the harshest environments in the world, he managed to maintain a positive attitude.
Craig was a member of an elite team of Marines. Sangin was his most dangerous assignment, not the place he thought he would meet his first dog, but with some proper scheming and a lot of help, Craig was able to send Fred home to his family while he completed his tour.
After Afghanistan, Craig left the Marines in search of a new mission – to share his story and his adventures with Fred, and the message of "stubborn positivity" that Fred inspired. His first book, Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How they Rescued Each Other is available in stores and online as adult and young reader’s editions from William Morrow and HarperCollins Children’s.
Craig and Fred's new book, Second Chances, tells the deeply emotional and inspiring story of the next phase of their lives together: working closely with prison inmates in Maine who raise and train puppies to become service dogs. Available now wherever books are sold!