Upon college graduation Mary Jane Madison accepted a teaching position in Mayfair, Virginia, and ventured to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains not so far from Shenandoah Valley in Western Virginia. It was a move born by a feature story in National Geographic accompanied with glossy photos that called to her.On a most uneventful day, she went picking berries for a recipe, and paused before a cave when she heard a dog crying inside the cave. She guessed the dog had either wandered in the cave and couldn't find its way out or was hurt in some fashion. With a little can of mace in her hand, she walked into the cave calling for the dog. Looking for a dog she was totally unprepared for what she encountered; something like a bear that was on her in a flash grabbing her with big hairy hands. It picked her off the ground in a bear hug, and it was then she remembered the mace, and shot the animal it in the eyes. What she thought to be a bear threw her down, and she started running down the road as the animal could be heard jumping in the lake in the cave. She made her way to the town square two miles away where she sat down on a park bench still holding her pail, wondering what she should do.
"The remarkable true story of how one man saved the stray dogs of Afghanistan. In a remote outpost of Now Zad, in Helmand Province, Pen Farthing and his troup of young Royal Marines survive frequent engagements with the Taliban and forge links with the local community. Pen'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 santuary 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 tour of duty 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. This is Pen's gripping account of his time in Now Zad, the friends he made there and the remarkable journey they and he undertook. Above all, it i"
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