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Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond Paperback – May 13, 2014
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Gr 3-6-The invaluable contributions of Military Working Dogs are well documented in this book. Patent discusses their special attributes such as the night vision and sense of smell that help MWDs to keep their human partners safe. The roles they have played in World Wars I and II, in Vietnam, and in Iraq and Afghanistan are highlighted. Brief histories of individual dogs such as Stubby from World War I and Eli in Afghanistan are touchingly told. Present-day training and equipment are also explained. The excellently selected, full-color photos constantly capture these devoted canines selflessly performing their duties and sometimes just offering comfort and affection to their human counterparts. The author points out that the military continues to classify these dogs as equipment in spite of their unique service, and many were abandoned in Vietnam when the U.S. left the country. Today, more are returning home and being adopted or continuing to serve in other capacities. Their story is impressive and the author has told it well.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Bracing and surprising . . . [a] clear-eyed, smartly organized book.” ―Booklist, starred review on Dogs on Duty
“This lively, bursting-with-color volume covers the life of the canine forces from puppy to MWD to retirement . . . A sure hit with dog lovers everywhere.” ―Kirkus Reviews, on Dogs on Duty
“A moving portrayal of the powerful human-canine partnership.” ―Publishers Weekly, on Dogs on Duty
“Their story is impressive and the author has told it well.” ―School Library Journal, on Dogs on Duty
“Patent and Muñoz bring to life each step of progress and show how the bandy-legged, shoe-chewing puppy grew and graduated from Canine Good Citizen and obedience classes.” ―School Library Journal, starred review on Saving Audie
“This polished photo-essay by frequent collaborators Patent and Muñoz will tug at the heartstrings of readers.” ―Publishers Weekly, on Saving Audie
“Kids who've heard about the Michael Vick case will have a natural interest in the dogs involved, and Audie's a limpid-eyed charmer with a heart-tugging tale.” ―BCCB, on Saving Audie
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the troops. One develops an appreciation and admiration for the canine and human heroes and their strong bond. This book was read to 2nd graders, who then discussed their own dogs and friends/family who have or are serving in the military.
Gave a lot of good information covering the history of dogs in the service.