The Grouchy Puppy motto is "give fearlessly and influence positively" and comes from my own amazing experiences with dogs. The working dogs of my childhood were the first to teach me to believe in the human-animal bond. My adopted large blended dog from the San Francisco SPCA has continued what they started, with her devotion and influence. Dogs have shown me how they all fearlessly give of themselves and positively influence us humans -- asking for so little in return. The human-animal bond is real and it's spectacular.
Proving that the human-animal bond is alive in our military, is Maria Goodavage's new book Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes. She had me nodding my head with each story about these amazing military working dogs [MWD] and their handlers. The MWD demonstrate in a military setting: they know good people when they smell them, and they'll let you train them to do any task - if they trust you.
This is a great book if you are interesting in learning about dogs and their handlers in the Armed Forces. Maria went all out in her research - even putting herself on the other end of an attacking dog. What dedication!
I highly recommend reading Soldier Dogs, it is well-written, well-sourced and well done!
SOLDIER DOGS EXTRAS
Check out the Soldier Dogs website for bonus content and research.
There are soldier dog oriented resources and a gallery of photos not included in the book. Here are two moving tributes to military dogs and their handlers.
Maria took time away from her family, and job as news editor and featured writer at Dogster to write this book. Read her recent Dogster article she wrote about the legislation in the house and senate about military dogs.
Learn more about working dogs and the roles they have in our lives.
You can find Maria's book on Amazon: