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One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Helmand - An Inspiring True Story [Kindle Edition]

Pen Farthing
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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In a remote outpost of Now Zad, in Helmand Province, Pen Farthing's tour of duty will change his life forever, but for entirely unexpected reasons ...

Appalled by the horrors of a local dog fight, he intervenes to free the victims. One of these dogs finds his way into the Marine compound - and into Pen's heart. Soon other strays are being drawn to the sanctuary provided by Pen's makeshift pound, including one young mum who crawls under the compound fence carrying her newborn pups to safety.

But as his time in Helmand draws to an end, Pen cannot leave the dogs of Now Zad to their own fates. He begins hatching plans to help them escape to a better life.

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"Pen Farthing is absolutely wonderful, really truly my kind of hero" (JILLY COOPER)

"Inspirational ... his compassion and dedication are a fine example to us all" (Daily Mail)

"An inspiring tale. Heartwarming stuff" (News of the World)

"An exciting, funny and moving book ... Nowzad, AK, Jena, Tali and their pups could melt a stone's heart" (Megan Rix Guardian)

"An emotional rollercoaster that will keep you turning the pages and reaching for the Kleenex - don't miss it -10/10" (Your Dog)

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The remarkable true story of how one man saved the stray dogs of Afghanistan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; Reprint edition (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS920
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had my life mapped out; when I had finished my 20 years serving as a Royal Marine Commando I was going to be following my passion to teach rock climbing and mountaineering somewhere hot.
Never for one minute did I ever imagine I would be heading off in the direction of animal welfare in Afghanistan of all places instead!
But a battered docked eared former fighting dog called 'Nowzad' changed my view on life. He made me realise that if we can make a difference for the better, no matter how small it may seem in the grand scheme of things, it is STILL a difference worth doing.
So now between managing the Nowzad Dogs charity which operates to promote animal welfare in Afghanistan, ( walking Tali and Patchdog from Afghanistan and Maxchat from Iraq, bagging the odd rock climb now and again and chilling out drinking red wine with my girlfriend Hannah I get to write occasionally!
I do hope you enjoy my books - thank you for taking the time to read my page.
All the best Pen F and you can follow me on twitter if you like @PenFarthing

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 27 Feb. 2009
So I settled down to read, book in one hand, cup of coffee in the other and box of chocolates at my side. The coffee went cold, the chocolates remained untouched, engrossed doesn't seem an adequate word.. I couldn't put this book down!
You don't need much imagination when reading this book, from the very start you feel you are on a journey with Pen.
The book begins in the weeks before his deployment to Afghanistan. His thoughts, fears emotions and expectations. By the time you have got to the part where he leaves his wife Lisa and their dogs Fizz and Beamer to begin his tour of duty you are sharing every raw emotion and every fear with him... no really.. by the time Pen arrives at the outpost in Nowzad you can literally feel the searing heat, the dust that clings to everything and you will be swatting away imaginary flies!
His first encounter with Nowzad at a dog fight, his fury at the senseless cruelty of it, his frustration as a dog lover will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion.
Nowzads arrival in camp some days later seems almost like fate, battered, wrapped in wire, his ears and tail cruelly cut off (to make him a better fighting dog) this dog had absolutely no reason to trust humankind, no reason to believe that anyone of the two legged variety would show him anything but abuse and cruelty. Temporarily placated with a sausage he was warily released from the wire, possibly the first act of kindness he had ever been afforded. Here in the book is where you may want to pause and arm yourself with a stock supply of kleenex, you are about to embark on an incredible journey, The subsequent bond which forms between these two unlikely friends is a journey I wouldn't want to miss and nor should you.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 6 Feb. 2009
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Hard to put down...The book comes to life from the the start,i could almost taste the dust in my throat but also feel the adrenaline and fear
during the challenges within.
This is a testament to the author,and his Troops amazing courage and of one mans determination to ensure the wellbeing of mans best friend.
The thrilling way in which Pen recounts not only his tour of duty but a peek through the curtains at his childhood and family life lets you right into the heart of a truly amazing person and book.
This is a wonderfully rich,involving and beautifully written book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Man Is A Hero 6 Feb. 2009
I read One Dog At A Time in two sittings and was gripped not just by the drama of Pen's dog rescues but his honest, boots on the ground description of everyday warfare. Days and nights sitting in the heat and dust, waiting for the mortars to rain down again. The Afghan curried goat scene had me in stitches. In the end, of course, it's the dogs that dominate the story. You grow to love Nowzad, Tali, RPG and the rest of them and are rooting for them to make it out of the hellhole they have been born into. The ending had me in buckets of tears. I couldn't get the images out of my head all day. This country doesn't know how lucky it is to have men like this defending us. Great book. Great story. Great man. One question Sergeant Farthing: what happened next?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspirational read 2 Mar. 2009
I generally judge a book by the number of sessions it takes me to complete it. By that measure alone One Dog At A Time fully deserves 5 stars as I was unable to put it down from the moment I opened it. Every emotion was tweaked along the way - anger, despair, hope, disappointment, frustration, sadness, relief, joy - they all came at me in an unpredictable and sometimes overwhelming onslaught. This is partially an inevitable consequence of the subject matter but a great deal of credit must also go to the author who did a truly excellent job of telling the story.

The plight of the dogs is obviously the focus of the book but you also get a very personal insight into what life is really like for our troops serving on the frontline in Afghanistan. You also get a fair and honest view of what life is really like for the local population, the challenges they face and why it's essential we give our forces the support they need to see this job through. It's very humbling and inspiring to know that we have men like Pen and his mates who have the professionalism to serve in such an inhospitable and culturally backward environment without ever losing touch of their own humanity.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Dog At a Time by Pen Farthing 13 Mar. 2009
I am a country woman in a Service Family with two sons still serving. This is without doubt the best book that I have read for years. I stopped reading only to dry my eyes and pull myself together. I thank God that my eldest son is no longer in the Army and that they are now both in the RFA at sea. The general public have no idea how our servicemen and women live, and the plight of the dogs is heartbreaking. I loaned the book to my friend and it made her cry as well. Wonderful book Pen, needless to say I recommend this book to all British dog lovers, and anyone who would like to understand our Culture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary story of compassion and empathy 25 July 2009
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Pen Farthing's story is one of immense compassion and empathy: a struggle and determination to assist fellow living creatures in the most difficult of circumstances - whilst in service in Afghanistan. As such it is an inspirational tale that can assist each one of us in our own lives.

Whilst the dogs of Now Zad are the main focus of this book, Pen also provides interesting insights into the conditions the forces are facing in Afghanistan, as well as to the progress of the mission there in respect of "winning the heartys and minds". It's a sober tale in that regard, but as important as the central story of his quest to ease the lives of the region's dogs.

I found this an extremely emotional book, finding myself in tears at quite a few stages - tears of emotion at the thought of the incredible compassion that this man has shown.

My response to reading the book has been to order another ten copies, which I will be sending to friends and family, in the hope that they will do exactly the same as me - and hopefully Pen's charity will be able to do some good.
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Published 19 days ago by Sophia Angel of Love and War
5.0 out of 5 stars broke my hart but i loved it
reminded of my time in Iraq and the 3 dogs and 1 cat we managed to save wonder how they are doing now, when soldiers are away from home these strays are the only thing that give... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Antony Bullard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant - Very moving!
Published 3 months ago by Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book must read
I absolutely loved this book, I love his passion for the dogs. A truly amazing guy. If you are looking for a book to read and can't make your mind up I just made it for you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by rebecca ramagge
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Published 4 months ago by Maggie Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming and Heart Breaking
Very moving and inspiring book.I think Pen Farthing has done an amazing thing in helping the strays who would stand very little chance of any sort of life otherwise. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angie T.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I couldn't put it down, so it caused a few late nights/early mornings!
Published 5 months ago by Heidi Kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of an emotional roller coaster!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Hoping and hoping that the dogs would make it. Very emotional at times but read it anyway!
Published 6 months ago by Willow Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good read.
Published 7 months ago by Valan
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