Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: K 9 Heroes by Nicole Arbelo

K-9 Heroes presents stories of courage and duty, friendship and family, loss and love, as told by the men and women serving with Military Working Dogs, whose tasks include scouting, search and rescue, and the detection of explosives. Families and friends remember the servicemen and women, and their dogs, who gave their lives in their country's service, as well as presenting a vivid picture of the life and adventures of a K9 handler. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs.


Received from the author for review.

As an animal lover I was extremely hesitant to read this. I have strong feelings about using domestic animals in so-called "work" situations. I was certainly pleasantly surprised though.

This one gets four stars. It was alternately sad and happy, yet always beautifully told. On every page you could feel the respect, and perhaps what they would call "love" the soldiers feel for their canine companions. The almost 100 photographs clearly show the bond between the dogs and humans. This is perhaps not the best choice for animal lovers as some situations are disturbing, but it is still a worthwhile read. It is certainly recommended for those interested in the K-9 Handler military program.

★★★★ = Really Liked It 



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