Jul 04, 12
Soldier Dogs is a fascinating account of the history of war dogs and the effects of combat exposure on both dog and handlers. Along the way we meet several active and retired soldier dogs as Goodavage weaves in their stories while providing a backdrop of their training and war-time experiences. It is clear that the dogs are much more than the "equipment" label given to them by our military, as readers experience story after story of the battlefield bravery and heroism of these four-legged soldiers. Although there are plenty "dry your eyes" moments in the book, Goodavage avoids overly playing on the heart strings and instead gives us an in-depth picture of what it takes to make a successful military working dog and handler.