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The Dogs of War

The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs

Lisa Rogak

St. Martin's Griffin

Military working dogs gained widespread attention after Cairo participated in the SEAL Team 6 mission that led to Osama bin Laden’s death. Before that, few civilians realized that dogs served in combat, let alone that they could parachute from thirty thousand feet up.

The Dogs of War reveals the amazing range of jobs that our four-legged soldiers now perform, examines the dogs’ training and equipment, and sets the record straight on those rumors of titanium teeth. You’ll find heartwarming stories of the deep bond that dogs and their handlers share with each other, and learn how soldiers and civilians can help the cause by fostering puppies or adopting retirees.

An incredible story of the largely unseen but vital role that dogs play in our armed forces, The Dogs of War is a must-read for animal lovers everywhere.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
DOGS OF WAR
 
 
 
Since the story first broke that there was a dog on the SEAL raid that brought down Osama bin Laden, there has been a lot of speculation and misinformation swirling around dogs in the military and the lives they lead.
After all, military working dogs (MWDs) are unique in the military, since they are the only living item in the entire supply chain. At the same time, however, they are regarded just like other soldiers.
“They get a place in the line just like everybody else,”1 said Army Staff Sergeant Robert Moore,
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"Dogs jumping from airplanes, dogs sacrificing their lives to save their handlers, dogs patrolling dense tropical jungles — such heroics may seem the stuff of animation fantasy, but Lisa Rogak’s The Dogs of War documents the real-life valor of canine warriors. Rogak is to be commended for the book’s encyclopedic scope and rich historical detail."
 
--The Washington Post

“Lisa Rogak’s The Dogs of War sheds light on why the dog, more than any other animal, holds a special place in our history, and our hearts. The most comprehensive book I have ever read on the subject of military dogs, it exemplifies the indomitable spirit of the dog itself, ever selfless, loyal to a fault.”

--Steve Duno, author of Last Dog on the Hill

"A book that will fascinate dog lovers and lovers of the military. ... It's inspiring and beautifully written."
 
--The Examiner
 
"Canine heroism is eloquently celebrated in Lisa Rogak's The Dogs of War."
 
--Hudson Valley News
 
“Most of the accounts in this book will bring tears to your eyes.”

 

--The Macon Telegraph

 

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  • Lisa Rogak

  • LISA ROGAK is the author of the Edgar- and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King and editor of the New York Times-bestselling Barack Obama in His Own Words. Her son serves in the United States Army, Delta Company of the 489th Civil Affairs Battalion.
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    Lisa Rogak
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    The Dogs of War

    The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs

    Lisa Rogak

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