â€˜Soldier Dogs, The untold story of Americaâ€™s canine heroes,â€™ by Maria Goodavage, can almost be summed up in the title.
People Magazine called it, â€œA moving portrait of the loyal, courageous, furry warriors who truly are enlisted manâ€™s best friend.â€
Coming into writing this review, I felt there wasnâ€™t much I could say about this book that hasnâ€™t already been said, after all, it IS a New York Times best seller.
What I can say, as I read the book, it felt as if Goodavage herself was telling me the story, not a dry, stuffy, scientific research paper, but almost a conversation among friends. The words seemed to form in my head in what I can only imagine was her voice.
Goodavage is no stranger to writing about manâ€™s best friend, but is not a current or former military working dog handler. Like many of us, she started as a curious outsider, but was given access to some of the militaryâ€™s top programs for military working dogs and their handlers for her research into this delightful book, including a top-of-the-line course taught here in Yuma.
Itâ€™s an inside look into what makes these dogs and their handlers so special, important and necessary to todayâ€™s military. It humanizes the canine warriors, but also relates them to the furry creatures many of us have roaming our homes.
Iâ€™m almost at a loss for words when it comes to my adoration of military working dogs, and I feel this book sheds some much-needed and well-deserved light on what these devoted animals and handlers do on a daily basis.
I canâ€™t recommend picking this book up and reading it enough, and to be honest, thatâ€™s really saying something coming from me. Itâ€™s the first book Iâ€™ve actually finished in quite a long time.
Talking to Goodavage, it sounds like she has another military working dog project in the works. I look forward to reading it!