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

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Center Point Pub., 2012 - History - 350 pages
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Enter the world of military working dogs’ extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. People all over the world were riveted by the story of Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who was a part of the Navy SEAL team that led the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. A dog’s natural intelligence, physical abilities, and pure loyalty contribute more to our military efforts than ever before. In Soldier Dogs, Maria Goodavage tells the heartwarming stories of training, operations, retirement, and adoption — often into the families of fallen soldiers — of these remarkable dogs who have become some of America’s most devoted warriors.

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About the author (2012)

Maria Goodavage is a journalist, author, and editor. She has worked with USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is known for writing and editing at, where she publishes a blog entitled, "For the Love of Dog". She is also the author of four books, focusing on the relationship that dog owners have with their pets. On April 5, 2012, her book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America¿s Canine Heroes was recorded at #15 on the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers list. On March 27, 2012, she appeared on The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. Some of her works also include: The Dog Lover's Companion to the San Francisco Bay Area: The Inside Scoop on Where to Take Your Dog in the Bay Area & Beyond, The Dog Lover's Companion to California: The Inside Scoop on Where to Take Your Dog and Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca which made the New York Times bestselling list in 2014.

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