Soldier Dogs


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

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

“[A] highly recommended book if you have the slightest interest in military working dogs. A must read — I say again must read — book if you have ever served anywhere they’ve had paws on the ground. I’m not sure who to thank more…Maria Goodavage for her book or Blek, Lucy, Buck, Ajax, Davy, Tina, Patrick, Fenji, Rex, Cinte, Lex, Ben, Lars, Duc and the other dogs and their handlers for helping her write it…” – David Reeder, Military​.com

“Goodavage profiles an indispensible warrior of the four-legged variety…Inspiring personal stories of the many canine allies (and their handlers) who have dramatically enhanced military command units and examines how this indelible human-canine bond often transcends the atrocities of wartime violence. A well-deserved salute to the military’s ‘paws-on-the-ground heroes.’ ”       — Kirkus
“Author Maria Goodavage tells a fascinating tale of the dogs of war.” — John Orr, Triviana
“Stories of spooked pups aboard battle-hound Hueys and dogs in the line of fire reveal surprisingly human-like response to war, and posit these military mutts as admirable–and capable–soldiers.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Soldier Dogs is a fascinating book about the valiant things that military dogs do, told through the words of the soldiers who fight beside them. It also shows you how military service dogs are created, told through the words of the trainers and scientists who know the process. It is written in an easy and entertaining style and will acquaint with you dozens of canine heroes ranging from Stubby, who fought in WWI, to Cairo, who was a member of the raiding party that took down Osama Bin Laden. It is a great read for anyone who appreciates dogs and heroes.”       — Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs and Born to Bark

“If the idea of dogs at war conjures up thoughts of harsh methods and unrelenting discipline, think again.  Maria Goodavage’s revealing and engaging book exposes the unexpected trust and affection that flows both ways between dog and handler.  You may already care about dogs: this book will heighten your respect for them.”                                       – John Bradshaw, animal behaviorist, author of Dog Sense

“Goodavage does a great job of chronicling the use of dogs in the military…ideal for dog lovers and for those who want to simply learn more about dogs.”   –