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Reply Dottie Johnson
9:58 AM on May 13, 2016 
This is an amazing book. The first book in a long time I couldn't put down. The love for each other and a little puppy named Cinnamon makes me cry happy tears. God bless you for what you do.
Reply valerie
12:41 PM on February 22, 2014 
Wow, that was a beautiful story! You are truly a hero! Thank you for serving your country and saving animals. Cinnamon is a fortunate puppy to call you daddy!
Reply Cindy Hoch
9:36 PM on January 16, 2014 
Hi ! I just checked this book out at my local library and find it soo heart-warming and moving and I'm only on chapter 3. Excellent book so far. I am an animal lover myself and I love dogs,horses and own a cat. Wonderful !! Such a beautiful dog.

Cindy Hoch
Reply Christine Sullivan
8:21 PM on August 26, 2012 
Hi Maddy,
Thank you for writing. I received your email and will reply very soon.
All the best,
Christine
Reply maddy
10:00 PM on August 25, 2012 
thx 4 writting this book!
Reply Carol Goldberg
3:44 PM on June 5, 2012 
Would love to help transport pups, if needed, in the South Florida area.
Reply dorothy Arriens
4:26 PM on May 14, 2012 
I read your book with great pleasure, already some years ago....I went through the same agonioes as you, trying to help my son. It is wonderful to discover how many people are willing to help, risking their jobs and in the case of our Afghan helpers even their lives, to save a helpless and innocent creature!
Reply Sharon Froom
3:50 PM on April 22, 2012 
Thank you for sharing your story. It touched me how God shows his love to humans and animals in so many ways.
God Bless.
Reply Emily Chason
10:50 PM on February 13, 2012 
Ilove this books so much.
Reply Judy
1:26 PM on February 1, 2012 
I loved this story. We are animal lovers and crrently have one rescued from the street and 3 from puppy mills, all having medical problems. Recently we lost Katie, a poodle who spents 9 years in a puppy mill. We had her for 3 years and she had 3 breast cancer surgeries during that time. She was the most wonderful loving girl i have ever had in my 72 years and i have had a lot of them.
Reply Jennie
10:07 PM on January 7, 2012 
This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever had the pleasure of hearing about. I have 2 dogs that are rescues with sad tales but they didn't come so far as Cinnamon. I cried but happy tears. I love a happy ending. Thank you so much for a happy ending and for working so hard to bring her home.
Reply John Dewar
8:34 AM on January 6, 2012 
Was so great to hear of this story. Doing animal rescue, it is so awesome to see a happy ending for both the dog and his owner. Congrats to you both.
Reply SHARON
5:32 PM on January 5, 2012 
through my tears, what a story
Reply Alfred E. Blawat Jr
7:14 PM on January 4, 2012 
1 of the best stories Ive heard in my lifetime!!!! : )
Reply Janie Brown
10:48 AM on January 4, 2012 
I sent you some pictures 1/4/2012
Reply Leslie Affholter
8:04 AM on January 4, 2012 
Love it!! Going to get the book!
Reply Aimee Ryding
9:20 PM on September 24, 2011 
I just began reading "Saving Cinnamon" I am very much enjoying this book! I have a small dog rescue here in MI which began with my rescue Puggle Mandy. Therefore, my rescue is called "Because Of Mandy". Thank you for all you do for the voiceless animals that need us. God Bless!
Reply dawn
7:13 AM on July 8, 2011 
This book is amazing. I love animals. My son is in the military - he is stateside for now - possible deployment in 2012??? I am glad Cinnamon is home in the States - and safe . All the trouble she went through just to get home!
Reply rose marie siemeck
10:10 AM on April 26, 2011 
read the book fantastic and heart wretching. gla there was a happy ending. i think about all the animals that are still struggling for food, shelter an love and get kicked, have rocks thrown at them or or killed. i knew about operation bagdad pups and have contributed to this cause, but haven't got any recent mailins on this project. thanks for all you do for the animals!!!!!
Reply Tammi
4:27 PM on April 1, 2011 
I am definately going to pick up this Book to read. It is a special "tjing" that we Humans have with our Animals and we know who treat Animals with the respect they deserve. What a great turn of events and am glas that Cinnamon found her Forever Home :)
Reply Jennifer
7:57 AM on March 12, 2011 
What a wonderful story - my husband just retired Dec. 2010 from the Air Force and did many deployments to Afghanistan. Heart warming story!
Reply Michelle
4:05 AM on December 4, 2010 
Once I started reading this book I couldnt put it down. it is amazing how many people willingly helped to bring this puppy home.
Cinnamon is a beautiful dog with so much love to give to everyone she meets.Thank you Christine for writing this story.
Reply Cindy Pytlak
10:03 AM on November 16, 2010 
I just finished Saving Cinnamon this morning. Started it last night! It was wonderful and touched very close to home for me. I know of some people who also adopted a dog from that part of the world several years ago. This dog looks a lot like Cinnamon. The refer to her as a Saluki. So many animals to be saved and so little time to do it. I am giving our little rescue a special hug and some fun outside this beautiful morning in honor of Cinnamon.
Reply jessejames
3:03 AM on October 24, 2010 
Great read ... I couldnt put it down and read it in one sitting. I cried and laughed - it was fantastic. I think you are all amazing people - well done.

I have four dogs, two are rescues and they just are so fantastic to have.
Reply Dorothy Pope
1:11 AM on October 15, 2010 
What a book! I couldn't finish it in one sitting, but I couldn't wait to get back to it.
Reply Judy
10:08 PM on July 12, 2010 
I have just finished reading this amazing book....it pulled at the heart strings. I cried reading the pages about the arrival (finally!) at JFK. The amazing acts of kindness by total strangers who pulled ogether to get this special puppy home was amazing. My family and I are "owned" by a very sweet 2 year old cardigan corgi who makes our lives special and fills our home with love. Happy days ahead for Cinnamon and her family.
Reply Lidia
8:57 AM on June 30, 2010 
As soon as I opened up the book 'Saving Cinnamon' I couldn't put it down. Your story is nothing short of a miracle... I am a huge dog lover (my dog gets all her dinners home-made and a special place on my bed), so for those who said Cinnamon was 'just a dog' truly don't know unconditional love. I commend you on your efforts and was so happy to read that Cinnamon got the happy ending she so rightfully deserved and earned... and it's extra special to see her go to a home like the one she has been blessed with!
Reply Sharon Tice
3:03 PM on June 22, 2010 
What an awesome story!! Christine, you wrote an excellent book. I couldn't put it down. Cinnamon is one blessed dog and I pray that she has a long and happy life in her forever home!!! It's amazing that so many people had a hand in her rescue, God bless all of them!
Reply Theresa Lim
5:23 AM on June 21, 2010 
'Saving Cinnamon' is so touching and I shed tears....happy tears that Cinnamon has been found safe and now enjoying a wonderful life with Mark and Alice.
Reply Karen Marr
2:40 PM on June 15, 2010 
Christine: Saving Cinnamon is a wonderful book. Thank you again for all that you do to make this a better world. I hope you get a chance to see the North Florida PAWS website. Karen
Reply Tanja K
10:40 PM on June 10, 2010 
Hi- Thanks Christine for writing this book. I read it in one sitting-unable to put it down. While I love happy endings- the story of Mark and Cinnamon is an absolute miracle.
Your spunk and tenacity, along with all of the furbaby guardian angels along the way really make a miracle. Roberts will find out that karma is a sucka.

I wish Cinnamon a long, loved life on her striped couch. Signing off to become a FB fan. Thanks for all you do for the animals- no matter where they are in the world.
I will see how I can donate to Yulia's organization as well.

Best from the bay area,
Tanja
Reply Rhonda Fraim
9:49 AM on April 23, 2010 
A wonderful inspiring story. I just had to keep reading to make sure Cimmamon did get home safe and sound. It's amazing that so may wonderful caring, loving people helped to get Cinnomon home to a great family. Thankyou for writing such a fantastic book. Keep up the great work.
Reply janice danielson
3:15 PM on April 5, 2010 
A wonderful story! There are some good people in this world and Cinnamon found them. I'm so happy for him!
Reply Shell
6:41 PM on March 30, 2010 
Wonderful book! Thank you for writing - I read Saving Cinnamon and couldn't put it down. Beautiful story, amazing people involved. In this crazy world gives hope for better days. Very inspiring story and loving story. God Bless
Reply Denise
10:14 AM on February 28, 2010 
My kids got me this book for Christmas. I just finished reading it. What a roller coaster of emotions you bring the reader on....from sadness to anger to hope and finally to joy and happiness.

I currently foster unwanted dachshunds for Dachshund Rescue of North America, so rescue dogs hold a special place in my heart. Your quote at the end of the book is one I have hanging up in my office and what keeps me going when I think of how many unwanted/abused animals there are in the world. Saving one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog!
Reply LINDA WHITLATCH
9:08 PM on February 21, 2010 
WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK.CINNAMON AND HER FAMILY ARE FOREVER IN MY HEART.TRUELY AMAZING PEOPLE DOING WHAT THEY DID FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG.NOW A TRUE MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY.I TOO AM A HUGE DOG LOVER.I HAVE RESCUED 2 OF MY DOGS FROM A LOCAL SHELTER WHERE THEY WERE TO BE EUTHANIZED.I AM WORKING ON MY 3RD.ALL FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG.GOD BLESS YOU
Reply Gretchen Schimmel
2:56 PM on February 18, 2010 
I love this story! It is epic and inspiring!
I hope that Yulia keeps up the good work she is doing and that Katib's kids find another dog as sweet as Cinnamon!
Reply Belinda Wilson
9:05 PM on February 12, 2010 
I haven't read the book yet, but am excited to do so.
Reply Doris Pfennig
1:25 PM on February 8, 2010 
What amazing story ! I read the story of Cinnamon and the story of Nubs with tears streaming like open flood gates down my face. These are truly wonderful people and animals who don't know the meaning of word quit. I applaude each and everyone.. Where is Cinnamon now.
Reply Mary Ann Kadish
2:56 PM on February 6, 2010 
Your story is an amazing one of perseverance and love. Very inspiring.
Mary Ann
Reply Tina Coulter
2:33 PM on January 26, 2010 
Just heard about your book, so haven´t read it yet, but its on top on my "to do" list! I myself have resqued (read smuggled) a dog outta Afghanistan back in 2006, and I have a dog from Baghdad, Iraq, so I know the feeling, of wanting to take a dog home, no matter how impossible it seems. I am in the Danish Army, and we do not have the same options and networks as you do - wish we had!!!! God bless all of you outthere, who´s making a difference for all the dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq!
Reply Nancy Lawhon
12:58 PM on January 25, 2010 
Loved the story and want to know how Cinnamon is doing now. Do you have updates? More pictures?
Reply Rene Manuel
2:55 PM on January 13, 2010 
I see you are set up for film rights. I see that the profits you set up are being used to help other animals. If "Hollywood" contacts you make sure you have the right to the contents of the script. Those who make films based upon factual like to change the facts for dramatic license or other reasons. The DoD and the government show change whatever policies/regulations so that service personnel can help other animals.It was alright during WWII if a GI wants to bring home the "mascot" and other war soveniors there was generally no problems. Of course since some of the memorbilla were Mausers I can see why they tighten up what can be brought into the United States. The book was uplifting. The dog reminds me of the second dog that I had in my life. The face and the ears are very similar to Cinnamon. The closest I can determine was she was prodominately Fox Terrior and the rest unknown. I can't wait for the film and then the DVD.
Reply Barbara Gard
5:40 AM on January 12, 2010 
Thanks for your book. It has provided me with emotional support for the work that I'm trying to initiate with rescuing street puppies from India. I live with a family of 5 pups now dogs that i've rescued, and am now working with two vets in Delhi to find homes for some of the street pups they rescue in Canada. They are wonderful vets - donating their time and costs to spaying/neutering as many as 50 street dogs a month. Just out of love and care - they work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. Their hearts break when they cant find homes for the pups that surround them. So far I've rescued 24 pups from India and have a goal of 50 a year and then to somehow fund a spay/neuter clinic and vaccination for the dogs in a hill station where rabies and now mange and ill health is rampant.
Reply Catherine Filipello
5:47 PM on January 10, 2010 
It is one of the best stories. Thank you Christine. I am on my second rescue dog. I have a picture I found of her the other day taken the first day she home, how sad and lost she looked. I didnt realize it at the time. Now when I look at she has bright eye and she smiles with her teeth too. Best of luck with your work.
Reply Lee
1:39 AM on December 25, 2009 
This is a wonderful story at Christmas, of hope and faith. I am ordering more copies for gifts, to spread the story of Cinnamon and all who worked to bring her to her forever home. You told the story in a wonderful way. I know by doing this I am creating a ripple effect, which will raise awareness and then help our Furry Kids who have no voice. Adopt a dog-recycle the love! Bless you Christine, Mark, and Cinny!
Reply Barb
2:00 PM on December 5, 2009 
Great site. I can't wait to read the book. I think my daughter has one of Cinnamon's relatives. Tucker lives and is from KY but the resemblance is very close. He was rescued from a "pound" where his breeder left him to be put down, after we checked his DNA we found out he is a lab-doodle, probably a "reject" as he has lab hair. He is a great dog.
Reply Kay Fitzmaurice
7:14 AM on December 5, 2009 
Just finished reading your book. Loved it. I live in Tasmania Australia and have put all my friends on to this wed site and have them all reading the book. I have 2 rescue dogs myself and am a real a dog person.
Reply Cara
12:14 PM on November 27, 2009 
Hi Christine - I first learned of Cinnamon though Mark while we were working together on a proposal. Before getting the book, I'd seen pictures of Cinnamon, Pete, and Elvis and had heard stories about them. I was so excited to finally finish the book this morning! I kept having to stop because I couldn't stop crying. I love the way you write and how you describe things. I have 3 brothers and would be devastated if they were called to war. We've also bonded over dogs because they all had dogs before me and were there to answer all my silly, neurotic questions when I got my first one. Now, I have 3 and we love sharing stories and pictures and getting the "cousins" together to play. I'm so impressed by your love for animals and tenacity. YOU made this happen I hope you're proud. Just wanted to tell you how much I loved the book. I feel like I know you and Alice! : )
Reply Christine Sullivan
3:16 PM on November 22, 2009 
So glad everyone is enjoying the books and Cinnamon's story!
Kaye, for info about what happened with the dog handler, check out the updated epilogue in "SAVING CINNAMON".