Soldier Dogs


New York Times Best Seller!

“A moving portrait of the loyal, courageous, furry warriors who truly are enlisted Man’s Best Friend.” — People Magazine

“A well-deserved salute to the military’s ‘paws-on-the-ground heroes.’ ” – Kirkus

“A fascinating window into a different kind of military life.” – Booklist

In her new book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes (Dutton Penguin), Maria Goodavage opens up a whole new world for dog lovers in her intrepidly reported, richly illustrated, heartwarming account of the dogs who play an increasingly vital role in our military efforts.

Goodavage, a former USA Today reporter and the news editor at Say Media’s, has been writing about dogs for years. When news broke of the raid that ended the life of Osama bin Laden, everyone wanted to know all about the intrepid canine member of the Navy SEALS team and other dogs who serve their country. With Goodavage’s background and her longstanding passion for the topic of military dogs, a book on man’s best friend on the modern battlefield was a natural fit.

It’s not that we’ve merely learned to train dogs more effectively. We’re now far better at utilizing their natural abilities: their acute senses, their wide range of working skills, and their sheer emotional intelligence. As every dog owner knows, dogs love to have a job to do.

Soldier Dogs is driven by extensive “boots-on-the-ground” reporting and interviews with military men and women who train and go to work with these dogs in some of the harshest places on Earth.

For a science perspective, Goodavage spoke with the world’s leading canine cognition experts on what dogs know and how they get the job done, whether they’re sniffing out an IED or bringing down a bad guy.

A delivery of an unprecedented view of the bond between military working dogs and their handlers, no one can fail to be moved by the extraordinary power of the relationships featured in Soldier Dogs. This book will change the way you think about dogs, about soldiers, and about America’s canine heroes — our loyal soldier dogs.

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