Author Archives: Maria Goodavage

Win a cool Lucca Marine hero dog bookmark!

Lucca K458 is a stunning military working dog who led 400 missions on three combat deployments, saving untold lives. Her riveting true story is the subject of my next book, Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca. I recently received some high-quality bookmarks from my publisher, featuring the beautiful face of this fearless leader. We’re going…

Marine hero dog and handler reunite

  The last time Marine Sergeant Daniel Cornier saw his K9 partner Darko, the Belgian Malinois was sticking his nose through the bars of his kennel at Camp Pendleton, looking as devastated as Cornier felt. “It was horrible for both of us. He just knew,” says Cornier. That was in late 2012, not long after they…

Win a Signed Copy of Soldier Dogs!

  Soldier Dogs is coming out in paperback in early January, but being that I’m the author, I already have a small stash! How would you like to win a signed edition of this New York Times Best Seller hot off the presses? I’ll personally inscribe it for you or whoever you’d like to receive…

Vietnam Marine Has Been Looking for Dog Handler for 40+ Years; Can You Help?

Can you help this Marine find a dog handler he was wounded with in 1968? (Tragically, the dog, Wolf, was KIA that day.) It would mean the world to him. He has been trying to no avail for more than four decades. The handler’s nickname was probably “Heck.” Please read on for more details. I’ll…

A Portrait of Rip V541: From Family Dog to WWII Hero to Handler’s Beloved Adopted Dog

In World War II, when the US war dog program was in its infancy, it depended almost entirely on people donating their dogs to the fight. I can’t imagine what it was like to say good-bye to the family dog – even in a time when dogs had a slightly different status in most homes…

Navy SEAL Book Reveals New Information About Hero Dog in Bin Laden Raid

For anyone wondering if the brand-new book No Easy Day reveals much about the military dog who accompanied the SEALs on the Bin Laden raid, the answer is this: Although Cairo gets very little ink in the book, we do learn more about what he did. My publisher, Dutton (Penguin), launched this highly controversial book…

Guest Editorial: Please Handlers, Don’t Push to Adopt Viable War Dogs Too Early. Lives Are at Stake.

Earlier this week my Facebook page celebrated the reunion of Iraq war veteran and former dog handler Logan Black and his old bomb-sniffing dog, Diego. Thanks to the DOD’s military working dog adoption program, former Army Sgt. Logan Black was able to adopt 8-year-old yellow Lab after the dog was dispo’d from the MWD program….

Dispatches from Helsinki: Hero Dog Amputee Reunites With First Handler

There’s nothing like a reunion, especially with a military dog who saved your life – and the lives of many others – on numerous occasions during dangerous deployments. After too many months apart, you wonder if the dog will even recognize you, much less be happy to see you. Last week, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chris…

How One Marine Saved Dozens of Dogs and Troops

Doesn’t the name “Captain Brandon Bowe” sound like some kind of American superhero? In a way, he really is. A recent feat this Marine accomplished will have far-reaching effects that could end up saving the lives of dozens of dogs, handlers, and anyone involved in today’s military missions. If you read my book Soldier Dogs,…

This Military Dog Knows Where it Hurts (OUCH)

When you see a photo like this, you cringe first, ask questions later. So that’s what I did. When Marine combat correspondent and photojournalist Cpl. Aaron Diamont sent me this photo, I winced for the poor Marine who’s being chomped on by military working dog Bernie, at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Then…