Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes

Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes

by Maria Goodavage


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ISBN-13: 9780451414366
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 149,801
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maria Goodavage is a veteran journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Service DogsTop Dog, and Soldier Dogs. She lives in San Francisco with her family and yellow Lab, Gus Kilroy.

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"If the idea of dogs at war conjures up thoughts of harsh methods and unrelenting discipline, think again. Maria Goodavage's revealing and engaging books 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, author of Dog Sense

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Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Griffin369 More than 1 year ago
My mother had mentioned that she had talked my father into reading this and he had stated it was pretty good, so I gave it a shot. This is definitely a subject more people should be aware of and show appreciation for the individuals and dogs involved. I can tell you that after losing my dog 1 1/2 years ago, just the memory of having to put him down due to bone cancer still tears my heart open. I've always been a dog person and truly enjoy them. If you are a dog lover like myself, do not watch Marley and Me and then read this book. Tears will follow. The book is not a sad read, it's inspirational and a great resource for information and some history regarding military dogs. However, there are some sad stories involved. I think Maria did an excellent job with one exception. The book tends to bounce around a little bit and doesn't really flow well. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes dogs and/or wants to know some more about military dogs.
Dashj More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book. It really shows how military working dogs are selected, trained for duty, what their service actually entails, and how important these dogs are in saving lives. The bond between dog and soldier is incredibly heart warming.
OldArmy More than 1 year ago
Bought this after seeing Goodavage's interview on the "John Stewart Show". Incredible reading. A wonderful explanation of what dogs know and understand. I was expecting a more military book but this was much better than that. The dedication and skill of the trainers and handlers is matched by the stunning performance and loyalty of the dogs. If you are looking for an adventure novel this ain't it but if you want information this is the place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't have a lot of time to read, but like reading books based on facts.  I am also an animal (dog) lover.   This book was easy to read, easy to pick up and read when I had a few minutes.  The hardest part was to keep track of the dogs  who are mentioned at different times in the book - especially since I drew out the time it took to read it.  Makes you want to hug a  handler and adopt a military dog after reading it.  When I feel alone, my dogs really help ease that, so I can only imagine what kind of a bond a handler and a soldier dog would have.  Really loved this book!  Sharing it with my fellow dog lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are trying to pass a law that takes military dogs that are now classified as military equipment...and insure they come bak and get care and training if needed to adjust and get a permanent home Google it. And send an email to your federal representatives. (Line 3 first word should read: back, not bak.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I learned so much and having been telling others about this book nonstop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. All dog lovers should read this one.
Officiator More than 1 year ago
VERY informative and interesting for someone who has or plans to own a dog. The book is not highly structured as it just tells stories about dogs, their handlers, and the people who run the military programs, but it is very evident that the author did a great deal of research and knows her subject. A lot of very short chapters make it just right for those us us who read right before sleep.
Alliebadger on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Overall, I enjoyed Soldier Dogs. Maria Goodavage thoroughly researched the topic, and her love of dogs comes through clearly. Since this book is probably only going to be picked up by fellow dog-lovers, that makes sense to me. Her prose is a lot more casual than what I was expecting, considering the sometimes gruesome topic, but it ultimately made the book feel more accessible.One thing that did annoy me, though, was that the book felt a little jumbled. A person would be introduced, we'd get a few stories about them, and THEN we'd get their whole backstory. At that point, I already had a mental image of this person. The chapters are very short, which does make for a good quick read, but it also has the effect of feeling sort of disjointed. And the dense scientific part in the middle--she does her best to make it interesting, but it's pretty dry material.But as I said, I closed the book feeling overall satisfied. If you like dogs, check it out. If you are/were in the military and you like dogs, DEFINITELY check it out.
LivelyLady on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very few non-fiction books bring me to tears, but this one did. The author chronicles the history as well as the current status of dogs in the armed services. She personalizes this with individual stories of handlers and their dogs.I was surprised that one dog was deployed 7 times over 12 years! Amazing! It was good to know that many of these dogs that are adoptable, are adopted.The book was written in a style in which each chapter could stand alone. I would recommend this for persons who have or are serving in the military as well as animal lovers. The dedication of the men and women to their dogs, and vice versa, should be commended and this book does it.
cwflatt on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved this book and the best "equipment" the military has in the fight against terrorist, drugs and soldier morale. The dogs deserve so much more respect than they are given along with the handlers who spend time with them. These animals love what they do, they love to protect people.
doggonelaura on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Although I'm a sucker for a any good dog story, I think anyone interested in the military will appreciate this well written examination of how dogs serve war efforts. The discussion of dogs as 'equipment', as they are defined by the bureaucracy of the government, versus how handlers and the public view dogs is well examined. I can pretty much guarantee that a dog book will put me into tears--but this one, thankfully, only had a few moments. I can't quite explain why, for certainly the love between the dogs and soldiers were deep in the various stories. The dogs and handlers, surprisingly, are only deployed for relatively short times before being re-assigned: different handlers to different dogs. As someone who raised guide dogs, and was told by the trainers that dogs only had two to three strong bonds in them, this was an interesting difference--the types of work of course require very different personalities of dogs.As with almost all books regarding how people work with dogs, here's another fine example of how dogs serve us in amazing ways--in this case, not only serve, but selflessly give up their lives to protect us for something as simple as a scratch behind the ears or a toss of a toy. It is about time Soldier Dogs had their story told. Thank you Maria Goodavage
alsvidur on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Goodavage chronicles the human-animal bond between working dog and American soldier with feeling and sympathy. She manages to get access to military personnel and training centers that few do, and this makes all the difference in her research. Although the book chapters bounce around from topic to topic, the big points are all hit: a history of military dogs, procurement, training, handler training, aftercare, and life as a MWD and handler. The text is easy to read and keeps you interested. The information is interspersed within the stories of soldiers well enough that anyone might enjoy reading without getting bogged down in the details. Personally, I was pleased with the amount of information Goodavage was able to include about working dogs while making it easy to understand for the layperson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her dog books and this was the best. I have had hunting dogs all my life so I understand and appreciate the very special bond between dogs and handlers. My hunting dogs weren't EQUIPMENT and neither are these hero dogs. It is inconceivable that the DOD is not recognizing these heros.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
dogs, military, training, value An absorbing and in depth telling about the training, lives, and work of the alphabet soup of military dogs and their handlers (primarily the US branches) by a trained observer, a journalist. The process of choosing dogs with the needed inclinations, temperament, and appropriate physical characteristics, the training of dogs and handlers makes good reading. Then there are tidbits like the use of Jack Russell terriers by the USN on submarines! The writing style is easy while informative, and seems nicely organized.
chalkdust423 More than 1 year ago
This was a new field of interest for me and I learned a lot about military working dogs. I knew handlers and MWD had a close bond, but Maria Goodavage's ability to share the stories of the men/women and dogs, the physiology of the dogs, life changing events each dog team underwent while deployed made me appreciate what both handler and dog go through while on assignment. This is a MUST read and this from a cat person!
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My k-9 MP daughters picture with her mwd Block Is In the book
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