Today is my other sister's birthday, and since I bought her DVDs instead, I know she would approve of a book that puts our soldiers back in mind...
This is one of those books I end up reading and then can't believe I've neglected to put it in my recommended reading list here. This is the kind of story that can bring a tear to your eye, or at the very least make you say, "Awww!" Nubs is a scrawny dog that lives in Iraq. He was part of a pack of wild dogs, but a special bond formed between him and Marine Major Brian Dennis. Dennis gave Nubs (naming him due to his clipped ears - likely due to a cruel/stupid person) food and affection. But eventually after coming and going and always meeting with Nubs, Dennis and his men had to relocate 70 miles away. As if that's going to stop Nubs. That dog actually followed them the entire 70 miles through the desert to arrive at the fort exhausted. When ordered to get rid of the dog, Dennis and his guys raised the money and sent Nubs to San Diego to his family where eventually the two reunited with a great happily ever after ending.
This is such a great book. You literally have to have a heart of stone not to appreciate this special story.
Notes from the playlist: "Melodies of Life" by Nobuo Uematsu