No Buddy Left Behind: Bringing Us Troops' Dogs and Cats Safely Home from the Combat Zone

Version: Unabridged
Author: Terri Crisp
Narrator: Nicole Vilencia
Genres: History, Fiction & Literature, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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The love of a dog or cat helps heal soldiers' emotional trauma. One very special woman and program reunites them after the war.

"I have sacrificed a lot to serve my country. All that I ask is to be allowed to bring home the incredible dog that wandered into my life here in Iraq and prevented me from becoming terribly calloused towards life."—a soldier requesting help from Operation Baghdad Pups

No Buddy Left Behind is an animal book with a difference. It is not only about rescued dogs and cats but also about US soldiers trying to survive the horrors of war and readjust to life back home. It unveils the life-altering relationships American troops serving in the Middle East share with the stray dogs and cats they rescue from the brutalities of war. Overcoming monumental obstacles, Terri Crisp makes it her mission to save these wartime "buddies," get them out of danger, and bring them home to the soldiers who love them.

So, how does someone get animals out of a country at war when normal resources are lacking and every step of a plan to transport animals could get you arrested, kidnapped, or blown apart? As Crisp soon learns, each rescue mission from first to last is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience, and no animal is truly safe until its paws touch American soil. Terri and her team have saved the lives of 282 dogs and 58 cats befriended by military personnel since February 2008—and No Buddy Left Behind finally tells this story.

Praise for Out of Harm's Way: "Poignant memories from an animal savior…Crisp's highly personalized accounts of daring rescues, incredible volunteer efforts, and the bonds of tenderness that form between humans and animals are quite touching."—Kirkus Reviews

Reviews (1)


Written by sandyw on April 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a touching group of stories. And The accomplishments of one special lady, Terry Crisp and her dedication in finding ways to help our military service personnel to find some peace by orchestrating transportation of the dogs and cats that they adopted while living in a war zone. Thank you Terry, and thank you to all the men and women who serve in the U.S. Military.

Author Details

Author Details

Crisp, Terri

Terri Crisp, executive director of the internationally known Emergency Animal Rescue Services, has been saving animals for more than 20 years. Hailed as "an American hero" by "Reader's Digest" and "One of the most inspiring women in America" by NBC News, her journey to rescue the pets, livestock, and wildlife left behind in times of catastrophe has taken her to forty-six disasters, including every type except a volcano.
Beginning in 1983 with the California floods at Alviso, Crisp's plans for becoming a high school art teacher took an amazing turn. After notoriety gained through the "San Jose Mercury News, Emergency Animal Rescue Services" was formed in 1987 with the help of The United Animal Nations. With Crisp as director, the program soon grew from an ambitious idea into a national disaster response and recovery program. Volunteers continue to step forward, blending the organization's vision with long hours, dedication, and unwavering passion. Crisp herself travels the country providing proper training and offering inspiration through a continuous series of free training seminars. Crisp has also shared the EARS vision and day-to-day rescue efforts with "20/20," ABC News, the "Wall Street Journal," the "USA Today," and many other media outlets.
"Emergency Animal Rescue Stories" is her second book, following the best-selling Out of Harm's Way which chronicled earlier disaster recovery efforts. When Crisp's not preparing for disaster or assisting in the lengthy recovery efforts, she shares a peaceful mountain top ranch with her husband, three children,13 cats, 3 dogs, 3 parrots, 3 cows, and 2 goats in the Sierra foothills of northern California.