The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez in what would become a legendary career of four hundred missions. A specialized search dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name.
Top Dog describes in gritty detail Lucca’s adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and the dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas ignited by violence.
This portrait of modern warfare has a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers alike. Download and start listening now!