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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (507 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Goodavage Narrator: Nicole Vilenci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs’ extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impact they have on those who work with them.

People all over the world have been 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. You don’t have to be a dog lover to be fascinated by the idea that a dog—the cousin of that furry guy begging for scraps under your table—could be one of the heroes who helped execute the most vital and high-tech military mission of the new millennium.

Now Maria Goodavage, editor and featured writer for one of the world’s most widely read dog blogs, tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust, no matter how deadly the IEDs they are sniffing out, nor how far they must parachute or rappel from aircraft into enemy territory.

“Military working dogs live for love and praise from their handlers,” says Ron Aiello, president of the United States War Dogs Association and a former marine scout-dog handler. “The work is all a big game, and then they get that pet, that praise. They would do anything for their handler.” This is an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loving warriors. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this detailed account, former USA Today reporter Goodavage takes readers behind the scenes to learn how these courageous canines are identified, trained, and cared for in the field…Stories of spooked pups aboard battle-bound Hueys and dogs in the line of fire reveal surprisingly human-like response to war, and posit these military mutts as admirable—and capable—soldiers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Soldier Dogs is a fascinating book about the valiant things that military dogs do as told through the words of the soldiers who fight beside them. It also shows you how military service dogs are created, told through the words of the trainers and scientists who know the process. It is written in an easy and entertaining style and will acquaint you with dozens of canine heroes ranging from Stubby, who fought in WWI, to Cairo, who was a member of the raiding party that took down Osama Bin Laden. It is a great read for anyone who appreciates dogs and heroes.”

    Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs

  • “Popular dog blogger Goodavage covers the training, duties, retirement, and adoption of military dogs while explaining that these animals live for their missions. Lots of interest in this subject, not least because the Navy SEAL team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound last May got help from Cairo, a Belgian Malinois.”

    Library Journal

  • “Writer Goodavage profiles an indispensible warrior of the four-legged variety…The author provides inspiring personal stories of the many canine allies (and their handlers) who have dramatically enhanced military command units and examines how this indelible human-canine bond often transcends the atrocities of wartime violence. A well-deserved salute to the military’s ‘paws-on-the-ground heroes.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A moving portrait of the loyal, courageous, furry warriors who truly are enlisted Man's Best Friend.”

    People magazine

  • “A fascinating window into a different kind of military life.”


  • “[A] highly recommended book if you have the slightest interest in military working dogs. A must read—I say again must read—book if you have ever served anywhere they've had paws on the ground. I’m not sure who to thank more...Maria Goodavage for her book or Blek, Lucy, Buck, Ajax, Davy, Tina, Patrick, Fenji, Rex, Cinte, Lex, Ben, Lars, Duc, and the other dogs and their handlers for helping her write it..”

    David Reeder, Military.com

  • “Goodavage does a great job of chronicling the use of dogs in the military.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 2/19/2014

    " Full disclosure, I'm a huge dog lover, so I already had in mind that I would really enjoy this book. The subject, working military dogs, was a lot of fun to read about and pretty informative as well. It was great to get some insight into the incredible bonds that develop between the handlers and dogs, and yes, I was moved to tears on more than one occasion while reading some of the more heartbreaking passages. The book reads more like a series of essays than a complete, thorough, history of military dogs, but I liked the style because it was a quick, easy read and gave just the right amount of information at a time. There is a lot of fluff in the book, so if you're looking for a more academic book about military dogs, this isn't it, but if you just want to learn more about the subject in an easy, reader-friendly way, this is the book for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brandon | 2/12/2014

    " Finished Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage last night. It was the best book on Military Working Dogs (MWDs) I've read. It takes you cradle to grave in the MWD world. They talk about single purpose, dual purpose, EDD, NDD, PEDD, PNDD, TEDD, IDD, CTD, MDD and MPCs. Even if you've been a handler a long time (say 16 yrs like myself) there's still alot of good information to be had from reading this book. Check it out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharon Jayne | 2/7/2014

    " This was the best book!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Jo | 1/31/2014

    " Wonderful stories about the dogs and their handlers. Some made me cry, others made me cheer. "

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