Welcome Home Mama & Boris
How a Sister's Love Saved a Fallen Soldier's Beloved Dogs
By Carey Neesley with Michael Levin
hardcover | 224 pages | 5 3/4x 8 1/2 x 3/4
US$19.99 | CAN$21.99
Publication Date: 2013-08-29
An incredibly moving tale of one sister’s tribute to her fallen brother –and the everyday heroes she uncovered who to this day are still rescuing the amazing animals who sustain our soldiers’ spirits.
The children of divorced parents and outcasts in their neighborhood, Carey Neesley and her brother Peter supported, loved, and encouraged each other when it seemed no one else cared.
Sent to Iraq, Peter befriended a stray dog and her four puppies only to watch three of the young pups die in the warzone. With only two surviving dogs—dubbed Mama and Boris—Peter became determined to save the strays. Carey did all she could to help her brother with his mission, but everything changed on Christmas Day in 2007 when word arrived at the Neesley household that Peter had died in Iraq.
Amidst the grief of coming to terms with her brother’s death and the turmoil of trying to plan his funeral, Carey grasped onto one firm truth—she had to bring Mama and Boris home.
With the help of an unlikely network of heroes, Mama and Boris make the journey from the streets of Baghdad to Carey’s suburban home. Although Carey knows she will never see her brother again, helping these lost dogs has brought her a sense of purpose she could never have imagined. She continues to work to bring home wartime strays.
A hospice social worker with a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University, Carey Neesley has a very rewarding career in which she sees both the best and the worst of human nature. Her story has been covered on television (ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and the Associated Press), in print (The Washington Post, USA Today, AKC Gazette, MSNBC Field Notes, and many other local and national publications), on the internet, (Examiner.com, Detroit Regional News Hub, Hyer Standard, The E & P Publishers, Animal Planet star “Good Dog U” Joel Silverman- Companions For Life, and Greg Mitchell’s website), and on NPR for Melissa Block’s “All Things Considered.”
Raising her son, Patrick, in the same home where she grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI, Carey still mourns her brother but hopes that through her work with animals in warzones she can help give his memory the honor it so greatly deserves.