Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond
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Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
     
 

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When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are

Overview

When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are trained, how they contribute to missions, and what happens when they retire. With full-color photographs throughout and sidebars featuring heroic canines throughout history, Dogs on Duty provides a fascinating look at these exceptional soldiers and companions.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In informed prose and photographs of conflicts past and present, Patent explores the timely topic of dogs trained to assist soldiers. Images from contemporary wars depict such breeds as the Belgian Malinois (the breed of the dog that famously assisted with the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound) being trained by handlers and at work in the field, while vintage photographs of soldiers and their dogs from WWII and other past wars reveal how dogs have been involved in combat for generations. Profiles of “Hero Hounds” appear throughout, offering specific accounts of dogs at war. A moving portrayal of the powerful human-canine partnership. Ages 4–up. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
The story of Military Working Dogs and Specialized Search Dogs is presented in a fascinating, full-color volume. Nine thousand dogs served in World War II. More than 30 breeds were trained, but only seven actually served: Belgian sheepdogs, Doberman pinschers, American Eskimo dogs, farm collies, German shepherds, malamutes and Siberian huskies. Four thousand dogs served in Vietnam, and hundreds died in combat. Patent sketches the history of dogs in war from ancient times to World Wars I and II and on to modern wars—Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It's dogs' "super senses" of sight, sound and smell, and their capacity to bond with soldiers that make them so useful in military theaters. They uncovered hidden tunnels in Vietnam, find dangerous land mines in Afghan villages, and locate weapons, explosives and drugs at home and abroad. They leap from aircraft with soldiers (and wear "doggles" to protect their eyes), don K9 Storm Intruderâ„¢ vests and wear booties to protect their feet on ice. Besides describing the use of MWDs in various wars, this lively, bursting-with-color volume covers the life of the canine forces from puppy to MWD to retirement. The straightforward text and color photographs celebrate the bonds between dogs and handlers that are so crucial in modern warfare. A sure hit with dog lovers everywhere. (timeline, glossary, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)
From the Publisher

“Bracing and surprising . . . [a] clear-eyed, smartly organized book.” —Booklist, starred review on Dogs on Duty

“This lively, bursting-with-color volume covers the life of the canine forces from puppy to MWD to retirement . . . A sure hit with dog lovers everywhere.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Dogs on Duty

“A moving portrayal of the powerful human-canine partnership.” —Publishers Weekly, on Dogs on Duty

“Their story is impressive and the author has told it well.” —School Library Journal, on Dogs on Duty

“Patent and Muñoz bring to life each step of progress and show how the bandy-legged, shoe-chewing puppy grew and graduated from Canine Good Citizen and obedience classes.” —School Library Journal, starred review on Saving Audie

“This polished photo-essay by frequent collaborators Patent and Muñoz will tug at the heartstrings of readers.” —Publishers Weekly, on Saving Audie

“Kids who've heard about the Michael Vick case will have a natural interest in the dogs involved, and Audie's a limpid-eyed charmer with a heart-tugging tale.” —BCCB, on Saving Audie

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The invaluable contributions of Military Working Dogs are well documented in this book. Patent discusses their special attributes such as the night vision and sense of smell that help MWDs to keep their human partners safe. The roles they have played in World Wars I and II, in Vietnam, and in Iraq and Afghanistan are highlighted. Brief histories of individual dogs such as Stubby from World War I and Eli in Afghanistan are touchingly told. Present-day training and equipment are also explained. The excellently selected, full-color photos constantly capture these devoted canines selflessly performing their duties and sometimes just offering comfort and affection to their human counterparts. The author points out that the military continues to classify these dogs as equipment in spite of their unique service, and many were abandoned in Vietnam when the U.S. left the country. Today, more are returning home and being adopted or continuing to serve in other capacities. Their story is impressive and the author has told it well.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802728456
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,241,515
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC1190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has written more than a hundred books including Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance; When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone, an ALA Notable Children's Book; and The Right Dog for the Job: Ira's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog.
www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com www.inkthinktank.com

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