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Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
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May 14, 2012

really liked it

Take a look at your dog. Do you think they can be trained to sniff out explosives, narcotics, IED's, or perform patrol duties?

Soldier Dogs by Goodavage not only explains the history of U.S. war dogs, but has researched how the dogs are selected, trained, and what duties they perform. There are definitions of the type of work the dogs are trained to do. Some dogs are only trained in one purpose, while others may be trained to perform multiple duties. Goodavage explains what the military is looking for in solider dogs, and how they are utilized. It is amazing what these dogs can do.

But this book is more than just an overview of U.S. war dogs. Goodavage shares the stories of handlers and dogs who have served (some of which are still serving) in Iraq and Afghanistan. These personal stories are touching. Goodavage tells the stories of these everyday heroes who will say they are just doing their jobs.

If you are a softie like me, prepare to have tissues handy, because in war, there are always causalities.


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