Synopses & Reviews
On the streets of Paris one day in July 1918, an American doughboy, Sgt. Jimmy Donovan, befriended a stray dog that he named Rags. No longer an unwanted street mutt, Rags became theand#160;mascot to the entire First Division of the American Expeditionary Force and a friend to the American troops who had crossed the Atlantic to fight. Rags was more than a scruffy face and a wagging tail, however. The little terrier mix was with the division at the crucial battle of Soissons, at the Saint-Mihiel offensive, and finally in the blood-and-mud bath of the Meuse-Argonne, during which he and his guardian were wounded. Despite being surrounded by distraction and danger, Rags learned to carry messages through gunfire, locate broken communications wire for the Signal Corps to repair, and alert soldiers to incoming shells, saving the lives of hundreds of American soldiers. Through it all, he brought inspiration to men with little to hope for, especially in the bitter last days of the war.
From Stray Dog to World War I Hero covers Ragsandrsquo;s entire life story, from the bomb-filled years of war through his secret journey to the United States that began his second life, one just as filled with drama and heartache. In years of peace, Rags served as a reminder to human survivors of what held men together when pushed past their limits by the horrors of battle.
andldquo;A vivid, riveting, true tale of courage and compassion. . . . I fell in love with Rags, and Iandrsquo;ll be first in line for the movie!andrdquo;andmdash;Maria Goodavage, author of Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Luccaand#160;
andldquo;Simply brilliant. An inspired storyteller. . . . Those who consider themselves dog lovers should read this book.andrdquo;andmdash;Mary Elizabeth Thurston, author of The Lost History of the Canine Raceand#160;
andldquo;Utterly charming, and if you love dogs, this will prove irresistible!andrdquo;andmdash;Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie about Loveand#160;and#160;
andldquo;A beautiful story, beautifully written.andrdquo;andmdash;Kristin von Kreisler, author of The Compassion of Animals
andldquo;Many spiritual traditions condemn animals as lesser beings. But Rags and the other heroes of Hayter-Menziesandrsquo;s beautiful book show otherwise. Learn from this book and use its message to transform the world to a place where all animals once again live in dignity and freedom.andrdquo;andmdash;Gay Bradshaw, author of Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity
andldquo;This is an exciting, well-written, and engrossing book with all the elements that a reader hopes forandmdash;adventure, heroism, love, loyalty, and encounters with celebrities and historically interesting people. From Stray Dog to World War I Hero is a must-read for dog lovers and history fans alike.andrdquo;andmdash;Stanley Coren, author of How Dogs Think and Born to Bark
About the Author
Grant Hayter-Menzies is the author of several books, including The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds; Lillian Carter: A Compassionate Life; and Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton. Pen Farthing was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year and is the founder and chairman of Nowzad Dogs, a nonprofit organization that reunites soldiers with the stray dogs and cats they took in during combat. Maj.and#160;Gen.and#160;Paul E. Funk II is a commanding general of the First Infantry Division in the U.S. Army and has commanded the Special Forces units with military detection dogs while in Afghanistan.