Judy: The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero
Damien Lewis is earning a substantial reputation writing true life stories of dogs and men at war, including The Dog Who Could Fly, It’s All About Treo, coauthored with bomb detective dog handler Dave Heyhoe, and Sergeant Rex coauthored with Marine Corps veteran Mike Dowling. This latest installment carries all the potential for a film to rival the 1957 classic Old Yeller, if they can only find an English Pointer with the right magical qualities to portray Judy.
Adopted as a riverboat mascot on the Yangtze at the advent of the Japanese invasion of China, Judy proves to be an unexpected asset to the captain and crew with her exceptional hearing and innate sense of approaching danger. Through battles, evasive maneuvers, enemy capture, prison death camps, shipwreck, starvation, and rescue, Judy remains the eyes and ears, hunter-gatherer, defender of the weak, rescuer of the weary, and enduring hope for these prisoners of war.
Judy herself holds the designation of being the only official hound P.O.W., with the prisoner number 81A, having endured the horrors of building the “hell railroad” through the mountainous jungle of Sumatra during World War ll.