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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Dogs on DutyThis large book allows for huge, close-up pictures of military dogs in training and in action.  A lot of thought has gone into this book. Every dog was given special recognition in the index by name.  Even the page numbers are written on dog prints.  I never knew that there were so many MWDs (that's military talk for Military Working Dogs). Before I read this book, I didn't know a MDD from an EDD from an SSD. The military loves to use acronyms for code.

What surprised me about this book is the how much information was given.  The military rank as well as first and last names were used. The military handler has to be trained first before the dog. If I had not read this book, I would not have seen dogs leaping out of aircraft.  I certainly would not have seen doggles (goggles for dogs). Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has been a prolific writer, but in this book she takes care in giving behind-the-scene information about what happens to the dogs before, during and after service.This is one of those books that is good for a family read-a-loud. It has a wide age-range appeal. It has been nominated for the 2015 Bluestem Award as well as the 2015 Rebecca Caudill Award. That is really unique. It's great that a non-fiction has been nominated! 

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