An inspired, timely follow-up to the New York Times bestseller From Baghdad, With Love. Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava in a hellish corner of Iraq. For this Marine and his comrades, the puppy... read more
Kopelman once again leads the pack with his observations on the emotional repercussions of war. He sees Lava's distress from the moment he arrives on the West Coast. Lava can't relax, is aggressive and hyper, and protects Jay with an intensity that is soon diagnosed as post-tramatic stress... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Kopelman once again leads the pack with his observations on the emotional repercussions of war. He sees Lava's distress from the moment he arrives on the West Coast. Lava can't relax, is aggressive and hyper, and protects Jay with an intensity that is soon diagnosed as post-tramatic stress disorder. Kopelman does everything he can do to help Lava, from studying all the literature, to hiring a trainer, to administering medication. With his signature wit and intelligence, Kopelman confesses that the more he learns about Lava's issues, the warier he becomes of his own behaviors. Here, for the first time, Kopelman holds nothing back as he responds to the question "Why did you save a dog instead of a person?" The answer reveals much about his inner demons - and about the bigger picture of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He discusses what it's like to return to the States, and examines the shocking statistics to come out of Iraq. Depression, PTSD, suicide, alcohol abuse, and broken relationships are at record higs for the men and women who serve there. Leaving war behind is not easy for a soldier, but Kopelman talks about how his priorities have changed, always coming back to his canine best friend. "I may have saved Lava," he declares, "but he certainly saved me back."
Prologue: Spring 2005, La Jolla, California
1. If you can save your dog, you can save yourself
2. You have to almost lose something (twice) to find it
3. Desert-colored glasses
4. Love walks in, thanks to Lava
5. Fear makes you stronger
6. What you are in the dark
7. How the routine of staying alive can keep you sane
8. You are the sum of your experiences
9. Opening the snivel book
10. Never quit
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