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*A New York Times bestseller* Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. Without warning an insurgent popped up, his weapon raised. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker. There was the flash of steel, the blur of fur, and the sound of a single shot; the handler *A New York Times bestseller* Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. Without warning an insurgent popped up, his weapon raised. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker. There was the flash of steel, the blur of fur, and the sound of a single shot; the handler watched his dog take a bullet. During the weeks it would take the dog to heal, the handler never left its side. The dog had saved his life. Loyal and courageous, dogs are truly man's best friend on the battlefield. While the soldiers may not always feel comfortable calling the bond they form love, the emotions involved are strong and complicated. In War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs' special abilities-from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions. The history of dogs in the US military is long and rich, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today. Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq, but top military commanders, K-9 program managers, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram. She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. In a post-9/11 world rife with terrorist threats, nothing is more effective than a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler. With a compelling cast of humans and animals, this moving book is a must read for all dog lovers-military and otherwise.


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*A New York Times bestseller* Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. Without warning an insurgent popped up, his weapon raised. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker. There was the flash of steel, the blur of fur, and the sound of a single shot; the handler *A New York Times bestseller* Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. Without warning an insurgent popped up, his weapon raised. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker. There was the flash of steel, the blur of fur, and the sound of a single shot; the handler watched his dog take a bullet. During the weeks it would take the dog to heal, the handler never left its side. The dog had saved his life. Loyal and courageous, dogs are truly man's best friend on the battlefield. While the soldiers may not always feel comfortable calling the bond they form love, the emotions involved are strong and complicated. In War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs' special abilities-from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions. The history of dogs in the US military is long and rich, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today. Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq, but top military commanders, K-9 program managers, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram. She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. In a post-9/11 world rife with terrorist threats, nothing is more effective than a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler. With a compelling cast of humans and animals, this moving book is a must read for all dog lovers-military and otherwise.

30 review for War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna C

    During my senior year of high school, we were visited by a retired special forces dog named Bella. While the German Shepherd preened and sniffed around the gym, Bella's handler told us stories about her time in the military. This friendly dog saved countless lives. In Indonesia, Bella sniffed her way through a minefield to lead a group of soldiers to an Al Qaeda training camp. During a fire fight in Afghanistan, Bella attacked (and ripped off the arm) of a hidden insurgent who was about to fire During my senior year of high school, we were visited by a retired special forces dog named Bella. While the German Shepherd preened and sniffed around the gym, Bella's handler told us stories about her time in the military. This friendly dog saved countless lives. In Indonesia, Bella sniffed her way through a minefield to lead a group of soldiers to an Al Qaeda training camp. During a fire fight in Afghanistan, Bella attacked (and ripped off the arm) of a hidden insurgent who was about to fire on a group of Marines. And those were only the declassified stories we were allowed to hear! I was so impressed by Bella that I contacted her handler and later interviewed them at a local military history museum. There, I had the unique pleasure of being (literally) dragged across a hangar by a retired Special Forces dog. After my time with Bella, I was delighted to read "War Dogs." Journalist Rebecca Frankel has done an excellent job showing the life-saving work of specially trained dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Millions of dollars of engineering have still not topped a dog's ability to smell concealed IEDs (the devastating home-made bombs made famous by "The Hurt Locker"). Fanatically loyal military dogs will sniff out concealed insurgents, help traumatized veterans reconnect to society, and die for their platoons without hesitation. Many of Frankel's stories made me desperate to hug my own pet (a rather loony mutt named Rico), but there were also devastating portions of the book. Handlers tasked with finding concealed bombs naturally face a high casualty rates. "War Dogs" is most moving when it travels beyond the battlefields and into the homes of fallen soldiers. Although "War Dogs" has a fantastic premise, it falls short in many areas. First, although I understand Frankel's decision to ground the book in a historical context, she spends far too long discussing the evolution of canine programs from the wars of last century. Second, I am opposed to nonfiction writers putting themselves in the story. You wrote this book to bring public attention to a particular topic, not to brag about yourself. Though I understand Frankel wants to emphasize how close she got with the handlers, when she boasts about how heavy a pack she carried when jogging with a band of soldiers, she comes off as self-serving. Another personal quibble: I am not offended by profanity, and I understand that soldiers won't have squeaky-clean language. However, Frankel's cursing isn't limited to dialogue, or even to situations where bad language would be expected. The gratuitous number of f-words eroded her professionalism. Frankel says in the foreword that her book about dogs became a book about people. And though her stories of fallen soldiers were moving, I would have appreciated more about the pups themselves. For example, Frankel spends a long time telling the life stories of handlers, (in my home of Colorado Springs, no less!) but she doesn't explain how the military trains these elite canines to sniff out hidden bombs. She joins the academic discussion of whether animals are driven by love or pack mentality, but she doesn't satisfactorily explain what drives a dog to die for its handlers. Even more frustrating, she doesn't even attempt to characterize the many dogs she meets. In "War Dogs," the war dogs themselves are interchangeable German shepherds. I was also disappointed that Frankel chose to avoid the most poignant parts of her story. I learned a lot the day I met Bella. According to Bella's current handler, deployed special forces dogs normally survive only three months. Three months. I also learned that Bella still wakes up thrashing. Frankel's passing mention of canine post-traumatic stress disorder is just a segue into discussing how therapy dogs can help traumatized veterans, and she doesn't even pay lip service to the thorny ethical dilemmas. "War Dogs" left so many interesting questions untouched. I received a free ARC of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is yet another book on dogs and how they are utilized by the military in war situations. It really is quite amazing that dogs can be trained to do incredible, life saving tasks. This book dealt primarily with the dogs themselves and their handlers. It had some really great stories of the bond between the two and the usefulness of these relationships. While some of this was kind of tedious, overall, it was informative and it was even heart warming at times, as well as heart wrenching.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    liked it slow sad story

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I was excited to be offered the chance to read and review this book. Due to my love of military themed books and dogs. The author really gives a nice in depth look into the relationship between the dogs and their handlers. Which I really liked this about this book. The psychological aspect of the handler and the dog's relationship. Honesty, as I was reading this book it was not just the military dogs that I could see having a close relationship but my own two dogs as well. I have always shared a I was excited to be offered the chance to read and review this book. Due to my love of military themed books and dogs. The author really gives a nice in depth look into the relationship between the dogs and their handlers. Which I really liked this about this book. The psychological aspect of the handler and the dog's relationship. Honesty, as I was reading this book it was not just the military dogs that I could see having a close relationship but my own two dogs as well. I have always shared a very close and personal relationship with all the dogs that I have owned through out the years. My dogs are not just dogs but really are part of my family and they are my children. I believe that I can talk to dogs and they do understand me. So again I get where the people featured in this book are coming from when they share their stories. Dogs are amazing. There were a few times where I did get very emotionally attached to the stories as if I had known these dogs all my life. Some readers did not like the history that the author brought to this book. They thought it was too much. I thought it was just fine. A nice balance between the history of dogs, military, and the nature with dogs and humans. Although I do admit that I would have liked to have read a little more about the dogs in action. Overall, I really did have a pleasurable time reading this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A book about dogs? YES! A book about hero dogs? DOUBLE YES! I am unashamedly a dog person and I loved this book. Ms Frankel takes you right into the heart of the Military Working Dog program with all its heartbreak and grit. It takes a special dog to be a MWD but it also takes a special person to work with the special dog. I loved this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Really enjoyed this book. Because there’s so much history and ground to cover, everything is fairly brief, but it’s extremely interesting and I loved the insight into the handlers as well as their dogs. The book used a couple quotes I adored: •The guard dog was incorruptible; the police dog dependable; the messenger dog reliable. The human watchman might be bought; not so the dog. The soldier sentinel might fall asleep; never the dog. The battlefield runner might fail...but the dog, to his last Really enjoyed this book. Because there’s so much history and ground to cover, everything is fairly brief, but it’s extremely interesting and I loved the insight into the handlers as well as their dogs. The book used a couple quotes I adored: •The guard dog was incorruptible; the police dog dependable; the messenger dog reliable. The human watchman might be bought; not so the dog. The soldier sentinel might fall asleep; never the dog. The battlefield runner might fail...but the dog, to his last breath would follow the line of duty. — Ernest Harold Baynes, Animal Heroes of the Great War •If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. — Will Rogers But as much as dogs look out for and protect people, so do we need to protect them, these innocent, loving creatures. “...because working dogs are in such high demand, and their numbers are relatively few compared to their handlers, they do not take breaks between deployments as their handlers do. Dogs with good working records who are in good health may be deployed more times and more often than their handlers, and they often serve back-to-back tours. This takes a toll. Military working dogs, like soldiers, return from war changed.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Anybody that wants a glimpse into what goes on with service dogs should read this book. Not only does she write about what she sees but unlike most she didn't just sit back and watch the training she lived it with them. Anybody that wants a glimpse into what goes on with service dogs should read this book. Not only does she write about what she sees but unlike most she didn't just sit back and watch the training she lived it with them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jami

    Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher. The subject matter of this book fascinated me, so I was really looking forward to reading this. However, I felt that there was too much focus on the historical context and relationships between dogs and humans rather than the actual stories. I think the book would have been much better if there had been a single chapter on the background/history that the author wanted to relate, and then have the subsequent chapters focus Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher. The subject matter of this book fascinated me, so I was really looking forward to reading this. However, I felt that there was too much focus on the historical context and relationships between dogs and humans rather than the actual stories. I think the book would have been much better if there had been a single chapter on the background/history that the author wanted to relate, and then have the subsequent chapters focus solely on stories of the war dogs and their people. I had recently read a book on animals of the Holocaust, and I was moved by the stories because they were told in depth. While I enjoyed the stories that were in this book, I would have liked more detail and more chance to bond with the animals/people that were discussed. That being said, the book was well researched and I admire the war dogs and their handlers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dan Ward

    I wanted to like this book. I really did. It was something that I didn't know much about. Unfortunately this books wanders around like a dog off a leash in a park full of tennis balls. I plugged through 1/2 the book before I just gave up on it and deleted off my kindle. I would skip 30 pages at a time when a point such as 'Do handlers love their dogs' was belabored to the point of tedium. I just couldn't keep with the book and lost interest. Put this down as one I couldn't finish. I wanted to like this book. I really did. It was something that I didn't know much about. Unfortunately this books wanders around like a dog off a leash in a park full of tennis balls. I plugged through 1/2 the book before I just gave up on it and deleted off my kindle. I would skip 30 pages at a time when a point such as 'Do handlers love their dogs' was belabored to the point of tedium. I just couldn't keep with the book and lost interest. Put this down as one I couldn't finish.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    I loved this book, I did however have to avoid one chapter as I just couldn't break my heart. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I ended up in floods of tears either from happiness or sadness. I love dogs and have 3 at my feet while writing this. Dogs are more human and humane than some humans, they feel everything we feel. They give us unconditional love and would die for us, I too would die for my dog... I loved this book, I did however have to avoid one chapter as I just couldn't break my heart. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I ended up in floods of tears either from happiness or sadness. I love dogs and have 3 at my feet while writing this. Dogs are more human and humane than some humans, they feel everything we feel. They give us unconditional love and would die for us, I too would die for my dog...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    This was a book club pick for my face to face book club. It was a good book, but did not keep my interest much. I love dogs and it is hard to imagine them fighting wars. I felt the author was too historical and wasn't very personable, but again I do not know much in the way of military jargon. The book's writing was meh, textbook almost. I probably wouldn't recommend this book to just read. I give it a letter grade of C+ This was a book club pick for my face to face book club. It was a good book, but did not keep my interest much. I love dogs and it is hard to imagine them fighting wars. I felt the author was too historical and wasn't very personable, but again I do not know much in the way of military jargon. The book's writing was meh, textbook almost. I probably wouldn't recommend this book to just read. I give it a letter grade of C+

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Ley

    "There is something less complicated (and ironically more human) about relating to war through the story of a dog" If you love dogs you'll enjoy this book. It was a quick easy read with lots of information and stories about the role of dogs in war. Frankel goes through some history of war dogs as well as other "jobs" dogs have (airport security, therapy dogs). The juxtaposition of a dog's love with war was something I found really fascinating throughout the book. The format of the book felt a lit "There is something less complicated (and ironically more human) about relating to war through the story of a dog" If you love dogs you'll enjoy this book. It was a quick easy read with lots of information and stories about the role of dogs in war. Frankel goes through some history of war dogs as well as other "jobs" dogs have (airport security, therapy dogs). The juxtaposition of a dog's love with war was something I found really fascinating throughout the book. The format of the book felt a little disjointed and it doesn't dive into the ethics of using "war dogs" which I would have liked, but aside from that, I enjoyed the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nick Yeager

    As a dog lover, I really enjoyed this book. As a professional counselor, I really enjoyed this book. Not only does Frankel take us behind the scenes of war in this book, but she also gives us a glimpse into the close-knit relationships that we (humans) experience with our canine companions. In particular, I enjoyed reading about the therapeutic effect that dogs have had on our soldiers throughout history. Reading about this reminded me of my own dog. That said, I'd highly recommend this book to As a dog lover, I really enjoyed this book. As a professional counselor, I really enjoyed this book. Not only does Frankel take us behind the scenes of war in this book, but she also gives us a glimpse into the close-knit relationships that we (humans) experience with our canine companions. In particular, I enjoyed reading about the therapeutic effect that dogs have had on our soldiers throughout history. Reading about this reminded me of my own dog. That said, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a pet. I'd also recommend to Social Studies teachers--History and Psychology.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

    Humans are not the only ones who go to war, and humans are not the only ones that bear its scars. This account of military working dogs is inspiring, tragic, and revealing of the deepest bonds of trust that humans and dogs have built between themselves for eons. The stories of the handlers and working dogs is an exploration of war itself, and after all of our wars, we still have never found a more trusting and more capable companion than our best and most trusting friend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    A first hand experience of the training of military working dogs, as well as the history of utilizing dogs as part of our war forces. Rebecca Frankel was allowed to visit the K9 training center in the Sonoran Desert to interview military handlers and participate in their training sessions.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth☮

    I thought this would be much more engaging and give more detail for the handlers and the dogs they train. It is unclear if this is a YA book, but if it is, that explains the disjointed narrative.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    5 million stars, one for every time it made me cry. Only read this book in privacy with Kleenex .

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenny L

    I decided to read this because I always enjoyed reading books about war novels and well, dogs, because dogs are cute and awesome in every imaginable way ( squeal) Anyways, this book is mainly informational, to be accurate, but it's also heart touching and heart warming in some parts ,reading about the human trainers and the dogs during the devastating war events. I decided to read this because I always enjoyed reading books about war novels and well, dogs, because dogs are cute and awesome in every imaginable way ( squeal) Anyways, this book is mainly informational, to be accurate, but it's also heart touching and heart warming in some parts ,reading about the human trainers and the dogs during the devastating war events.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    nice but sad

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike Wigal

    Dogs. What can you say?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Guernica. A pleasure to behold, but jarringly disjointed. However the masterpiece was intended to be that way while this book seems to be a product of a disorganized author and poor editor. That said, this was still a joy to read. Despite having no single thread to hold onto in this book, the vignettes of handlers and their dogs were well crafted. Mrs. Frankel does a good job of capturing both the relationships between men and dogs as well as the environments they are in together. Almost all of Guernica. A pleasure to behold, but jarringly disjointed. However the masterpiece was intended to be that way while this book seems to be a product of a disorganized author and poor editor. That said, this was still a joy to read. Despite having no single thread to hold onto in this book, the vignettes of handlers and their dogs were well crafted. Mrs. Frankel does a good job of capturing both the relationships between men and dogs as well as the environments they are in together. Almost all of the stories are from the training before, and action in, Iraq and Afghanistan. There are some brief references to WWII and Vietnam as well as other historical comments on dogs in war throughout history, however the main focus of the book is modern day military handlers and their dogs. Mrs. Frankel's book is meant for those interested in the bond forged between men and dogs on the battlefield. If this doesn't appeal to you then this is not the book for you, but if you are interested it will certainly hold your attention. Probably 3.5 stars, but the writing was good enough to round it up to 4 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lady

    I definitely need to have all heads up on this review for this book. Rebecca Frankel has put in our hands a fascinating look at the military dogs and how the military views programs about bomb detection dogs, canine post-traumatic stress disorder, combat and operational stress control canines and America’s Vet dogs. What a mouthful you say. But no, this book actually reads so well and easily that you won’t want to put it down. Rebecca Frankel gets up close and personal with Marines as handlers o I definitely need to have all heads up on this review for this book. Rebecca Frankel has put in our hands a fascinating look at the military dogs and how the military views programs about bomb detection dogs, canine post-traumatic stress disorder, combat and operational stress control canines and America’s Vet dogs. What a mouthful you say. But no, this book actually reads so well and easily that you won’t want to put it down. Rebecca Frankel gets up close and personal with Marines as handlers of those all so important and often over looked canines who save lives daily, especially the lives of those military personnel who follow them in combat. The book weaves between handlers and canines so well and so in-depth, that at intervals throughout reading this book, tears are going to fill your eyes. Pride, honor, courage and respect builds in every page. If you’ve ever cared about the military, this book will make you remember how incredible our military is and how great their programs are when they work to save lives. I simply loved this book, gained so much insightful education and it’s inspired me to shout to the rooftops how great it is to be in America.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Idziorek

    The book is filled with many heart-warming stories of the affection that dogs and soldiers show each other. One theme that emerges is the reluctance of the dog handlers to admit that there is a love been them and their dogs. Perhaps it is a coping mechanism. With all of the stories presented, it is hard to believe that is not a mutually shared love in these unique relationships. Another interesting point raised in the book is the cyclical nature of the utility of war dogs and then their decline. The book is filled with many heart-warming stories of the affection that dogs and soldiers show each other. One theme that emerges is the reluctance of the dog handlers to admit that there is a love been them and their dogs. Perhaps it is a coping mechanism. With all of the stories presented, it is hard to believe that is not a mutually shared love in these unique relationships. Another interesting point raised in the book is the cyclical nature of the utility of war dogs and then their decline. WWII was a ramp-up the use of canines by the military and then the program ramped down. Again, Vietnam was a ramp-up and then a decline. Most recently, in Iraq and Afghanistan, war dogs were used heavily to identify IEDs and saved countless lives. Apart from their military function, war dogs were also shown to provide significant therapeutic relief to soldiers in the war theater and at home. My single biggest takeaway from this book is that dog love humans unconditionally regardless of their background, if they are in a wheelchair, blind or maimed. We could all stand to learn something about love from our four legged fury friends. Now, time to go get a German Shepherd!

  24. 5 out of 5

    CL

    ARC received from: Netgalley Rating: 5* Cover: Yay POV: 3rd Person Review: A must-read for all dog and animal lovers out there. This book gives an in depth look at the dogs, and their handlers, who serve on the frontlines and explores the training they have to go through, the challenges that face them and what happens when the worst happens. You get to hear tales of some astonishingly brave creatures and the men and women who look after them. As you might expect from a book about service dogs ARC received from: Netgalley Rating: 5* Cover: Yay POV: 3rd Person Review: A must-read for all dog and animal lovers out there. This book gives an in depth look at the dogs, and their handlers, who serve on the frontlines and explores the training they have to go through, the challenges that face them and what happens when the worst happens. You get to hear tales of some astonishingly brave creatures and the men and women who look after them. As you might expect from a book about service dogs, not all the stories have a happy ending and if you're an animal lover like me, things can get quite emotional at times. However, the author really opens your eyes to the necessary role these dogs play in a war and highlights just how many human lives have been saved by our canine friends.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    When I first started reading this book I thought it would be a lot of statistics, and factual information that I wouldn't be interested in. There are statistics but they are written into the story in a way throughout that it didn't seem like I was reading a spreadsheet. I loved all the stories of the handlers and their dogs. Even though some of these stories were sad, I have a deep respect for these animals and the men who train them and go into war with them. I enjoyed reading the history of wh When I first started reading this book I thought it would be a lot of statistics, and factual information that I wouldn't be interested in. There are statistics but they are written into the story in a way throughout that it didn't seem like I was reading a spreadsheet. I loved all the stories of the handlers and their dogs. Even though some of these stories were sad, I have a deep respect for these animals and the men who train them and go into war with them. I enjoyed reading the history of when dogs were first used in combat, and very hopeful reading the stories of the canines who help PTSD soldiers. I also thought that the author did a great job of research, especially going to the Yuma Proving Ground and participating in the training sessions. This was a 5-star read for me and would recommend this book to others.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wisteria Leigh

    This book offered a view of the relationship between dog handlers in the military and their dog. The bond that develops over time during training and ultimate deployment in action is remarkable. Rebecca Frankel has put together a collection of war dog stories that is memorable and thoughtful. Readers will no doubt take pause to reflect as each story is unique. However, a common thread exists throughout the book that ties these tales together. Each handler and his dog have an unbreakable bond. Ea This book offered a view of the relationship between dog handlers in the military and their dog. The bond that develops over time during training and ultimate deployment in action is remarkable. Rebecca Frankel has put together a collection of war dog stories that is memorable and thoughtful. Readers will no doubt take pause to reflect as each story is unique. However, a common thread exists throughout the book that ties these tales together. Each handler and his dog have an unbreakable bond. Each is devoted to the other with an unbreakable trust and love. So much so that they will often give their life for each other....dog for man and man for dog. Rebecca Frankel presents her stories with clarity, sensitivity and realism. Highly recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tabby Shiflett

    3.5 Stars A journey through the writer's experiences with Working Military Dogs and their handlers, mostly through a training course. There's some short interlacing stories of these pairs (although I wish there were more), some during conflicts, some after, with a focus on the usefulness and skill of the dogs and the positive outcomes the animals have on people. Also, a discussion on the effects of PTSD on both. Very good read, especially if you know what you are getting. I initially thought the 3.5 Stars A journey through the writer's experiences with Working Military Dogs and their handlers, mostly through a training course. There's some short interlacing stories of these pairs (although I wish there were more), some during conflicts, some after, with a focus on the usefulness and skill of the dogs and the positive outcomes the animals have on people. Also, a discussion on the effects of PTSD on both. Very good read, especially if you know what you are getting. I initially thought the book would have more individual stories in greater detail, but it's still a story that needs to be told. GoodReads FirstReads Giveaway

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    This book is packed with loads of great stories and information about warrior dogs. The more I read about them, the more I appreciate the service they give to all of us. There's lots to learn and appreciate as you read this book. Everyone should read this to understand more about warrior dogs and the invaluable service they provide. This book is packed with loads of great stories and information about warrior dogs. The more I read about them, the more I appreciate the service they give to all of us. There's lots to learn and appreciate as you read this book. Everyone should read this to understand more about warrior dogs and the invaluable service they provide.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Wish that I'd read this book and not just listened to the audio. Seeing the pictures helps to make more of a connection to the dogs and their handlers. Wish that I'd read this book and not just listened to the audio. Seeing the pictures helps to make more of a connection to the dogs and their handlers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    An interesting and informative book about military war dogs. I would not have read if not for book club selection. I love dogs. It's hard to imagine what these dogs went through. An interesting and informative book about military war dogs. I would not have read if not for book club selection. I love dogs. It's hard to imagine what these dogs went through.

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