In this special edition of war dogs, adapted specifically for a younger audience, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs’ special abilities—from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions.
With a compelling cast of humans and animals, this moving book is a must read for all dog lovers. In this ya edition, rebecca frankel gives further insight into her work as a journalist and how it led her to explore the world of dogs and their handlers. Her narrative gives us insight into the world of dogs in combat and the touching aspect of the relationship between soldiers and their dogs.
Frankel explores the long, rich history of dogs in the US military, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today. She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq, K-9 program managers, but top military commanders, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram.
Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
He also started the warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service. Navy seal dogs is the true story of how mike ritland grew from a skinny, bullied child, to a member of our nation's most elite SEAL Teams, to the trainer of the world's most highly skilled K9 warriors.
Ritland started his own company to train and supply working and protection dogs for the U. S. Government, Department of Defense, and other clients. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and highest skilled working animals on the planet. A true story much like the touching movie, Navy SEAL Dogs explores the incomparable relationship between trainer and military dog.
From the author of team dog, trident k9 warriors gave readers an inside look at the Navy SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors-who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake to save lives. Ritland was a smaller-than-average kid who was often picked-on at school-which led him to spend more time with dogs at a young age.
Before there was Max, there was Mike. Mike ritland's job is to train them. This special edition re-telling presents the dramatic tale of how Ritland discovered his passion and grew up to become the trainer of the nation's most elite military working dogs. After graduating bud/s training-the toughest military training in the world-to become a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he'd found his true calling.
Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca
A specialized search dog, lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler to sniff out deadly explosives. Here, including tense, in gritty detail, is the gripping account of Lucca's adventures on and off the battlefields, lifesaving explosives finds and rooftop firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with.
Top dog is a portrait of modern warfare with a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career.
Maria goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas such violence can inflict. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name.
. The new york times bestselling author of secret service dogs and Soldier Dogs delivers the incredible, true story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog
On their first patrols in iraq, rex suffered a seemingly incurable fear of explosions and gunfire, but with Mike at the other end of his leash, Rex gained the courage to perform his duty. If ever there was a marine who lived up to Semper Fidelis, the motto of the Marine Corps, it’s Rex. Deployed to iraq’s infamous triangle of death in 2004, Sergeant Mike Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam.
Rex and i have a bond that will last for the rest of our born days. It was mike’s job to lead rex into the heart of danger time and time again, always trusting Rex to bring them both back alive. A moving story of how a man and a dog developed complete trust in each other in the face of terrible adversity, courage, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable tale of sacrifice, and love.
Loyalty is one of the hallmarks of any good Marine, and nowhere is that quality more evident than in this astonishing account of Mike Dowling and Rex’s wartime experiences. Neither of them had any idea what to expect, and no training could fully prepare them for this job. Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq.
In iraq we put our lives in each other’s hands and paws day after day. It was rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians alike.
Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States
Unprecedented access to these heroic dog teams has allowed a fascinating first-time-ever look at a very special breed of heroes. Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. It is a must-read for fans of maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs.
Tactical dog handlers on the white house lawn, handlers whose dogs sniff for explosives around the world, and those who walk their amiable floppy-eared dogs up and down Pennsylvania Avenue all live one common mantra: Not on my watch. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. These animals will gladly run into a hail of gunfire, ” says '"Stew, " a Secret Service ERT tactical canine unit supervisor.
All they ask in return is for their handlers to throw the ball with them, pet them, and talk to them in an embarrassingly high voice. Secret service dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. Or my dog’s. Secret service dogs immerses readers into the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, their missions around the world, and, most important, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by.
In an age fraught with terrorism, visiting heads of state, United States Secret Service canine teams risk their lives to safeguard the president, their families, vice president, and a host of others. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour.
A leading reporter offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. A dog's natural intelligence, physical abilities, and pure loyalty contribute more to our military efforts than ever before. The work is all a big game, and then they get that pet, that praise.
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.
They would do anything for their handler. This is an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loving warriors. Beyond tales of training, no matter how deadly the ieds they are sniffing, retirement, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust, operations, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, 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. 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.
War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love
A new york times best seller*under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. While the soldiers may not always feel comfortable calling the bond they form love, the emotions involved are strong and complicated. In war dogs, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, and a look at the science of dogs' special abilities-from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions.
Loyal and courageous, dogs are truly man's best friend on the battlefield. The dog had saved his life. Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, but top military commanders, K-9 program managers, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram.
She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. During the weeks it would take the dog to heal, the handler never left its side. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker. In a post-9/11 world rife with terrorist threats, nothing is more effective than a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler.
The history of dogs in the us military is long and rich, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today.
Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine.
The new york times bestselling movie novelization—a powerful story about a special dog and what it means to be a hero that more and more readers have discoveredWhen Justin's older brother, is killed in Afghanistan, Kyle, Justin can't believe that his brother is really gone. Except there's one thing that Kyle left behind….
Max is a highly trained military canine who has always protected his fellow soldiers. At first justin has no interest in taking care of his late brother's troubled dog. However, the two learn to trust each other, which helps the four-legged veteran become his heroic self once more. As the pair start to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Kyle, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for.
But when he loses his handler and best friend, Kyle, Max is traumatized and unable to remain in the service. He is sent home to america, and he is soon adopted by Kyle's family, where the only human he connects with is Justin, essentially saving his life. But they might also find an unlikely new best friend in each other.
A Dog With A Destiny: Smoky
An inspiring and heart-warming short story of canine devotion and bravery. Smoky, a baseball-size mass of brown fur, was found in a foxhole in the depths of the New Guinea jungle in the middle of the Second World War. The soldier who found her took the yorkshire Terrier pup back to base and sold her to Bill, the US serviceman who would adopt her, for three Australian dollars.
It was the start of a partnership that saw Smoky save US war plans and ground crew from bombings and bring a life line to stranded men when she laid phone lines through pipes under the runway. Extracted from the bestselling title Beyond The Call Of Duty, this is the story of a remarkable little dog who saw no boundaries.
. She stayed at bill’s side throughout the action and to the end of the war.
Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command
His new unit, 1-506th, dog Company, had just returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi. Meanwhile, hill found himself at war with his own battalion commander, a charismatic but difficult man who threatened to relieve Hill at every turn. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes U.
S. After two of his men died on a routine patrol, Hill and a counterintelligence team busted a dozen enemy infiltrators on their base in the violent province of Wardak. Abandoned by his high command, hill suddenly faced an excruciating choice: follow Army rules the way he always had, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he'd grown to love.
The men were brilliant in combat but unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections filled their days. With tough love, an old-school former drill instructor named Tommy Scott, Hill and his First Sergeant, turned the company into the top performers in the battalion. Soldiers and Marines while setting free spies who kill Americans.
This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men. Hill, a west point grad and decorated combat veteran, was a rising young officer who had always followed the letter of the military law. The army does not want you to read this book. In 2007, hill got his dream job: infantry commander in the storied 101st Airborne.
Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines
These specialized canines had to pass rigorous selection tests before their serious training could begin. The results were a revelation: highly trained working dogs capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most extreme environments and the tensest of battlefield conditions. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.
S. Though fiercely aggressive and athletic, these dogs develop a close bond with the handlers they work side by side with and the other team members. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation's elite combat units, and began searching the globe for animals who fit this specific profile.
Truly integrating themselves into their units, strong enough and tough enough to take it to the enemy through pain, these K9 warriors are much like their human counterparts—unwavering in their devotion to duty, injury, or fear. For the first time ever, and the extreme missions they undertake saving countless lives, the New York Times bestseller Trident K9 Warriors gives readers an inside look at these elite canines—who they are, how they are trained, asking for little in the way of reward.
As seen on "60 minutes"!as a navy seal during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he'd found his true calling. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet.