Maria Goodavage, a former reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle, has written extensively about dogs. She was news editor for Dogster.com when the world learned that a military dog was involved in the SEAL Team 6 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011. She had writing about military dogs for years, and realized it was time to write the book that would give these four-legged heroes and their handlers the attention they so richly deserve.
Goodavage has had a longstanding passion for the dogs of war, which started when her father – also an author – used to tell her about the stray pups (and wayward monkey) he took in while overseas in World War II, and about the military dogs who helped save lives – and sometimes soldiers’ sanity.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and affable Labrador retriever. She is now at work on her next book: The Third Christmas: A Story of a Dog and His Soldier will be published in October 2014 by Dutton.