My original plan once I finished my career as a Royal Marine Commando was to be following my passion to teach rock climbing and mountaineering, ideally somewhere hot!
Never for one minute though; did I ever imagine I would be heading off in the direction of animal welfare in Afghanistan… that was most definitely a curve ball.
And really it was all down to a battered docked eared former fighting dog I named ‘Nowzad’ that changed the direction my life was headed. I suppose 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.
I had always had a desire to write a book but didn’t have a story that to me, seemed worth telling, but then my tour to Afghanistan happened.
‘One Dog at a Time’ is my first book that describes what happened when I stumbled across an organised dog fight in a remote forward operating base in Helmand Province; to say it was life changing is definitely an understatement..
‘No Place like Home’ a year after the events of ‘One Dog at a Time’ and then comes ‘Wylie’ my third and for now, final book that introduces you to an amazing dog from the streets of Kandahar.
Life at the moment is a roller coaster of juggling… each day throws up new challenges as I continue what was started back in 2006 and manage the Nowzad charity which promotes animal welfare in Afghanistan at the only small animal clinic and shelter, (nowzad.com); in between walking Tali and Patchdog from Afghanistan and mad Maxchat from Iraq and attempting to bag the odd rock climb (sadly a very rare treat).
As for Nowzad; my four legged buddy is no longer with us. Old age finally caught up with him in August 2014. I miss him terribly. He was always camped out under my desk as I worked. Maxchat tries hard to fill the gap.
I do hope you enjoy my books - thank you for taking the time to read my page.
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