When it was reported on the news that a dog had led a Navy SEAL team into Osama Bin Laden's compound to kill him, I remember being completely fascinated by the story.
The video footage of what looked like a German Shepherd leading the charge became watercooler chatter in offices around the country. Turns out the dog is named Cairo and he's a Belgian Malinois and like many other dogs serving in the military, he's an unsung canine hero.
Thankfully the story of these remarkable dogs is now being told in Maria Goodavage's book Soldier Dogs. The dogs are trained to use their incredible senses to give soldiers a leg up inremote places like Afghanistan, where they are currently being deployed to sniff out roadside bombs. The dogs go ahead of the troops to detect the bombs and then they alert their handlers. Everyday they save human lives and sometimes they sacrifice their own to do it.
The bond between Soldier and dog is one that will melt your heart and make you squeeze your dog a little tighter. Soldier Dogs is a must-read.
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