Imagine being in the midst of a firefight in Afghanistan and noticing a dog casually trotting around. That’s how the incredible journey of Fred, the soccer-playing dog, began.
This heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure, and love will captivate readers as they follow Fred’s journey from the war-torn desert to his forever home in the United States.
Growing up, Craig always wanted a dog. He campaigned for one relentlessly, and it wasn’t until he saw Fred in Afghanistan that his dream finally came true. The first step of getting Fred to the United States was a secretive helicopter ride, marking the beginning of his incredible journey. Before ever experiencing a car ride, Fred flew from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Bahrain, Germany, and finally, JFK Airport in New York.
Upon arrival in the US, Fred was greeted by Craig’s father and sister. Fred arrived home four months before his human companion, but their reunion marked the start of a truly special bond. Despite years of telling his son he couldn’t have a dog, Craig’s father quickly became Fred’s biggest fan. One of the first games they played together was soccer, which has become a lasting tradition for the family.
Fred and Craig settled into their new life in Maine, enjoying their spacious yard and newfound happiness. However, they soon realized they needed more. Nora and her dog Ruby entered their lives, completing the missing pieces of their family. Fred’s bond with Nora immediately solidified their little unit as a tight-knit pack.
Though Fred hails from the desert, he has developed a love for snow. He has always been a traveler, and since his arrival in the United States, he has visited 49 of the 50 states. Now 14 years old, Fred’s life has been filled with astonishing experiences that continue to amaze his family.
Feeling the duty to share their incredible story, Craig and Fred have become in-demand speakers and authors of a book detailing their journey. They continue to travel, sharing their story and inspiring others with their captivating tale.
In a world where headlines are often filled with negativity, Fred’s story serves as a beacon of hope, love, and friendship. From the desert of Afghanistan to the snowy landscape of Maine, this soccer-playing dog has captured the hearts of many and continues to inspire those he meets along the way.