From Baghdad With Love A Marine the War and a Dog Named Lava ( Read ) author Jay Kopelman

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From Baghdad With Love A Marine the War and a Dog Named Lava

Ieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman from the emotional ravages of warFrom hardened Marines to war time journalists to endangered Irai citizens From Baghdad With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life death and war from a mangy little flea ridden refugee. I read the first half of this a month ago and then what with one thing and another couldn t seem to get back to it I was thinking this meant that it wasn t terribly compelling but earlier today when I was sitting in a waiting room with nothing to do finally finish reading it I had to try not to cry in great big heaving sobs even though it would have given all the people who forgot to bring a book something to look atJay Kopelman was a Marine colonel on active duty in Ira in 2004 when his battalion known as the Lava Dogs were looking for insurgents in an abandoned house in Fallujah and instead found a mangy little puppy that they took back to their compound They named him Lava fed him a combination of MREs and bits of beef jerky and dewormed him with chewing tobacco The dog gravitated toward Kopelman who uickly assumed ownership of him despite military regulations banning pets and in some cases reuiring that stray animals be killed Over the next six months Kopelman with the help of his fellow Marines and various civilians both American and Irai battled military red tape Irai law and the constant danger that accompanies just trying to move from place to place in a war zone to get Lava out of Ira and into the United States where Kopelman would soon be stationed The details of trying to arrange for Lava s evacuation are interspersed with and inseparable from the day to day realities of war which are frustrating and harrowing in eual measure Although the story was covered extensively in the media as a happy and heartwarming story of A Boy and His Dog the real story was darker Maybe the little shit is dead already Or maybe they didn t make it through and he s now lost on the streets of Baghdad wondering where everybody went I pray that if Lava doesn t make it through he ll find a body somewhere in Baghdad to keep him alive for just one day Which brings me to the last part of my confession I want Lava to stay alive No matter how bad things get it s still better to be alive I want to know he s breathing and leaping after dust balls and chasing imaginary enemies in his sleep I want him to be alive because then there s still hope that he ll make it here to California and get to be an American dog who runs on the beach and chases the mailman instead of strangers with guns I want him to be alive almost than anything I can think of which feels like a confession because before Lava I was a marine who wasn t reuired to cross any lines with ALIVE on one side and DEAD on the other I carried a rucksack full of coupons redeemable towards absolution Now after meeting Lava and letting fear in I feel distantly related to a serial killerWhat comes through in Kopelman and co author Melissa Roth s account is that as much as the effort to save Lava was just that it was also about saving Kopelman himself The tone of the writing is conversational and there s a lot of profanity so this isn t a book you re going to want to read to your kids just because it has a nice doggie on the cover This is a fast read but sometimes a gruesome one and I won t spoil the ending even though I think it s on the book jacket so not really a spoiler but I will say that Lava doesn t come to a bad end Really it s just an odd little story that shows people at their best and at their worst all in all an excellent book

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When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah Ira and hear a suspicious noise they clench their weapons edge around the corner and prepare to open fire What they find during the US led attack on the most dangerous city on Earth however is not an insurgent bent on revenge but a tiny puppy left behind when most of. Opening line I don t remember exactly when I got to the house that served as our command post in the northwest sector of Fallujah and I don t remember exactly how I got thereThis was a surprisingly great read that held me captivated from beginning to end and I ve been recommending it like crazy to all my friends FROM BAGHDAD WITH LOVE tells the heartwarming and somewhat heartbreaking story of a starving abandoned puppy named Lava and the hardened marine who along with wartime journalists Irai citizens and many many others that saved him from certain death on the bombed out streets of Ira and eventually got him onto US soilWell written and containing 8 pages of photographs there is no secret to Lava s outcome but this is still an utterly fascinating story Lava is initially discovered by the Third Marines unit known as The Lava Dogs when they storm an abandoned house in Fallujah Ira and almost shoot him Then not knowing what to do with the 5 week old puppy and forbidden by military law to keep pets the marines begin feeding and caring for the dog as they set up a command center in the abandoned house Lava s presence allows the soldiers a pass from reality a small piece of sweetness and normalcy in their daily hell and something else to think about other than getting killed Has anybody fed the dog today There are some touching scenes as we witness these big tough military men falling apart talking in baby talk and playing with the puppy as he pees on their boots and destroys their belongings and they think he s cute Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman is eventually adopted by Lava who chooses his boots to sleep in Subseuently several scenes play out like a movie as Lava is hidden and moved between red and green military zones and finally crated as they attempt to drive him across the Jordanian border The last few chapters are really exciting and even though you know the outcome you will find yourself wondering how exactly are they going to pull this off I learned a surprising amount about the war in Ira reading this book and really got a feel for what the soldiers go through on a daily basis living in a war zone Just how hard it must be to maintain your sanity amidst all the chaos and death The ending is WOW and had me close to tears as it s Lava who ultimately saves one marine from the emotional ravages of war This is a book that I can highly recommend especially if you re a dog lover in addition you ll get to learn a little something about a war that most of us barely notice any when the images and numbers flash past on our TV screens


10 thoughts on “From Baghdad With Love A Marine the War and a Dog Named Lava

  1. says:

    When the group of Marines discovered the abandoned puppy during a mission in Fallujah Ira they named the 5 week old pup Lava – against regulations and every rule in the book they adopted him; and every one of them fell in love with the adorable scrap of mischiefJay Kopelman was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps – tough strong and deeply into the Marine brotherhood nevertheless he was damned if he

  2. says:

    Opening line I don't remember exactly when I got to the house that served as our command post in the northwest sector of Fallujah and I don't remember exactly how I got thereThis was a surprisingly great read that held me captivated

  3. says:

    This is a beautiful story about people in bleak and soul poisoning situations trying to find something life affirming that will help them hold up and keep going People who are surrounded by war grinding poverty disasters and persona

  4. says:

    The parts about the dog rescue were sweet This little dog was adopted and taken care of by American soldiers when they discovered he had been abandoned in a building He looks like such a cutie The account given about the soldier Kopelman was not so sweet He was a little on the socially awkward side But I appreciated his love for h

  5. says:

    Like the everyone around Lava I found myself sucked into him I get how the puppy won over the hard Marine how the dog helped everyone keep a little sane and a sense of home when doing a horrible job I was glad to see this one have a happy ending

  6. says:

    It was a heartwarming dog story written by a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines Since this takes place in Ira during the war it is not all sweetness

  7. says:

    Powerful story of Marines in combat and the dog they rescue from certain death

  8. says:

    I give this book 4 stars Although the military brass and the hordes of brains and suits at the Pentagon don’t like military members in combat to adopt animals they say it’s against regulations for “health reasons” actually it’s beca

  9. says:

    I read the first half of this a month ago and then what with one thing and another couldn't seem to get back to i

  10. says:

    This book was incredibly heart wrenching hopeful and disturbingWhat the military has done to our soldiers to prevent them from feeling compass

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