I love to read. I have so many wonderful books. Some have been read so much they are falling apart. Others have yet to have the front page turned.
I wish I had more hours in my day so that I could read a little bit everyday. Right now I’m lucky to squeeze in 15 minutes here and there. Since I love to read I’ll take whatever “book time” I can get.
I recently finished reading a book that took me longer to read than I had hoped. It’s not that it’s a long book (it’s not). I simply didn’t have the time needed to read it faster. Normally it would probably take me less than a week to read.
The book is called Welcome Home, Mama and Boris. It’s from Reader’s Digest.
Here is a brief description of the book.
Reader’s Digest presents Welcome Home, Mama and Boris, a new, moving book that tells the tale of one sister’s tribute to her fallen brother to bring his dogs home from Baghdad and the everyday heroes who are still rescuing the amazing animals who sustain our soldiers’ spirits.
In Welcome Home, Mama and Boris, author Carey Neesley and co-author Michael Levin recount Carey’s inspiring, heart-wrenching and heartwarming fight to retrieve her brother’s two surviving dogs, which he saved while serving our country overseas.
Growing up in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Carey Neesley always thought she and her younger brother, Peter, would never be separated. Their close bond that grew through the years made Peter’s eventual decision to enlist in the Army difficult for Carey.
While stationed in Iraq, Peter befriended a stray dog and her four puppies, only to watch three of the young pups die in the warzone. With only two surviving dogs – Mama and Boris – Peter was determined to save the strays but everything changed on Christmas Day in 2007 when word arrived at the Neesley household that Peter had been killed.
Amidst the grief of coming to terms with her brother’s death and the turmoil of trying to plan his funeral, Carey devoted herself to bringing Peter’s dogs home to the U.S. It was the final honor she could pay to her brother and a way of keeping a piece of him with her.
Six months later, with the help of an unlikely network of heroes, including an animal rescue organization in Utah, a civilian airline, an Iraqi family and a private security contractor with military connections, Mama and Boris made the journey from the streets of Baghdad to Carey’s suburban house in 2008.
Carey’s mission garnered widespread attention and requests from other soldiers for help in bringing home dogs they had become attached to on deployment, and she continues to work with organizations dedicated to bringing home wartime strays. Carey works in conjunction with The Puppy Rescue Mission, which has continued to bring home more than 200 dogs and cats from Afghanistan.
Check out this brief video about the book.
I should forewarn you that you should keep a box of tissues on hand when you read this book. It will touch your heart in a way you never thought was possible.
This book will give you intimate details into the special bond between brother and sister, as well as Peter’s special bond with the homeless dogs he befriended and soon became a part of his family. It’s also a reminder as to just how devastating war can be, not only for the people involved, but also for the innocent animals that seem to get caught in the crossfire.
This story is a wonderful testament to the love between family members and the love between man and animals. It also brings to light just how many truly wonderful people there are in this world. So many people came together to bring these two dogs to the United States to be with Carey. It’s what Peter would have wanted if he was still alive. Those two dogs meant the world to him.
Reading the book I didn’t know if I wanted to cry or smile – or both. It touched my heart. I’m a huge animal lover and would never want to see an innocent animal suffer. It make my heart smile knowing that so many people went “above and beyond” to rescue these dogs and give them hope and a chance for survival.
This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it, especially if you are animal lover or simply want to read a story that will make you appreciate the people – and pets – in your life a bit more.
I would love to see this story made into a movie too, even if it was just a made for TV movie.
The book is available at www.ReadersDigestStore.com and wherever books are sold. It’s also available as an e-book at iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.