Friday, April 12, 2019
Fact Friday: Dogs at War: military canine heroes by Connie Goldsmith
Dogs at War: military canine heroes by Connie Goldsmith. 104 p. Twenty-first Century Books/ Lerner Publishing Group, January, 2017. 9781512410129. (Review of purchased finished copy.)
Fact Friday features Dogs at War: military canine heroes by Connie Goldsmith. Astute listeners to the daily booktalk may remember a Fact Friday when the book featured was about Stubby, the war dog. Unfortunately, not all dogs working with the military achieve the honor that Stubby did. This book is an eye-opener. MWDs, or military working dogs were not always treated with the respect they deserved by the military brass. Though their handlers formed strong bonds. Goldsmith opens with a chapter featuring two dogs in two wars who received different treatment once their tour of duty was over. I challenge you to read this book without crying. We should all thank a soldier for their service and not forget that some of these soldiers are canines.
Eminently readable, filled with photos and packed with useful backmatter, hand this gem to students who love dogs, budding military history buffs and anyone with a heart.