Brave Across the Miles

Posted Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

An Iraqi dog of war becomes a dog of peace

Kidsguide Magazine Online
Nov. 2, 2009

What do you call a nameless dog that would cross 70 miles of desert war zone in the thick of bitter winter to be with the human who showed him kindness?

Nubs became a part of Major Brian Dennis’ human pack after a chance encounter at an abandoned Iraqi fort in 2007. Dennis recounts their friendship and Nubs’ death-defying trek in the newly published picture book, “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, Marine & a Miracle.”

Meet military man and best friend on Tuesday, Nov. 10, when Dennis and Nubs make a special author appearance at the Mission Viejo City Hall Chambers to discuss the book. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase and for autographs. The event is made possible by Mission Viejo Library and Irvine children’s bookstore A Whale of a Tale.


A worthwhile read for children and canine-lovers alike, Dennis with co-writers Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery present the story in a series of personal snapshots taken by Marines, e-mail correspondence, and photographs from the media frenzy that ensued after Nubs’ story – and the race to bring him to the United States ? became public.

(Can’t make it to Dennis’ author appearance? You can still read about Nubs when you win your copy of “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle” and a special-edition Nubs dogtag in The Buzz’s Nubs Contest. To enter the drawing, drop us an e-mail by Nov. 18 with “NUBS” in your subject line.)

Major Brian Dennis and Nubs at City Hall
? Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
? Free admission
? Mission Viejo City Hall Chambers, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo
?; to reserve your spot, call the Mission Viejo Library, (949) 830-7100, ext. 5105.

Images courtesy of the Hachette Book Group.