American Dogs as War Heroes

American Dogs as War Heroes

We're closing out National Dog Week with a look at Lisa Rogak's THE DOGS OF WAR.


Few civilians realize we have dogs serving in combat, let alone that they can parachute from up to 30,000 feet.

In this book, Lisa Rogak shows the amazing range of jobs that military working dogs perform, such as explosives detection, patrol, and hunt for enemy combatants. Dogs have had a place in the military for decades, but their importance and our treatment of them has evolved over time. Rogak examines the training, equipment, and what it’s like to serve with them on the front lines.

THE DOGS OF WAR also tells heart-warming stories of the deep connections that grow between dogs and their handlers. Rogak recounts adventures both heroic and tragic of the courage and devotion that both human and canine soldiers have shown together on the battlefield.



Publishers Weekly recently featured a few books about heroic war dogs including THE DOGS OF WAR. They say,

"Tales of dogs participating in war are some of the few uplifting stories to come out of Iraq and Afghanistan. St. Martin's editor Peter Joseph says such titles 'are positive reminders that there are things more important than politics.' Lisa Rogak's THE DOGS OF WAR: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs (Oct.) covers the range of jobs performed by military dogs, some of whom can parachute from as high as 30,000 feet."


This is an excellent read for dog-lovers and military aficionados, alike.


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