Weekend Wrap Up #97

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

My Latest Read

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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I found this book enjoyable and thankfully not sad.  This book does a great job of showing us how dogs live life to the fullest and never complain and that we can all learn from that same attitude.

“When you cry about losing a dog, it means the dog did its job.  It means the dog made a connection. You got him.  He got you.  The bond could involve one person.  It could be a million.  The number doesn’t matter. A dog is proof you don’t need an opposable thumb to grab and keep hold.”

Book Blurb from Goodreads

A single mom learns that her disabled son can communicate with a very special dog—and the lessons this dog teaches can shape the future and transform their lives.

Dr. Kate Blunt will do anything for her son, Jasper. Well, almost anything.  Since Jasper has the incurable lung disease cystic fibrosis, Kate’s always told him he couldn’t get a dog, It’s a tough call, but she’s a single mom taking care of a kid who has to fight for every breath he takes. The daily medical routine that keeps Jasper alive is complicated enough without adding a mutt to the mix. Worse still, as the veterinarian in charge of a Cape Cod animal shelter, Kate’s life is wall-to-wall mutts in constant need of forever homes.

Kate must live with the fact that every abandoned dog is on a two-week deadline to find a human – and the scarred, mistreated wreck that turns up doesn’t stand a chance. Named Whistler, he’s too old, too ugly. But the dog forms an instantaneous, almost magical connection with Jasper. The dog never makes a sound, let alone a bark, yet he speaks to Jasper in a myriad of mysterious ways, forging an indelible bond with the boy. The clock’s ticking, the dog’s future hangs in the balance, and Jasper would do anything to find him a home; but Whistler has chosen them — for a reason.

What’s Coming Up Next

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GOODREADS

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.

Furs-Day Feature #19

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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I found this book enjoyable and thankfully not sad.  This book does a great job of showing us how dogs live life to the fullest and never complain and that we can all learn from that same attitude.

“When you cry about losing a dog, it means the dog did its job.  It means the dog made a connection. You got him.  He got you.  The bond could involve one person.  It could be a million.  The number doesn’t matter. A dog is proof you don’t need an opposable thumb to grab and keep hold.”

Book Blurb from Goodreads

A single mom learns that her disabled son can communicate with a very special dog—and the lessons this dog teaches can shape the future and transform their lives.

Dr. Kate Blunt will do anything for her son, Jasper. Well, almost anything.  Since Jasper has the incurable lung disease cystic fibrosis, Kate’s always told him he couldn’t get a dog, It’s a tough call, but she’s a single mom taking care of a kid who has to fight for every breath he takes. The daily medical routine that keeps Jasper alive is complicated enough without adding a mutt to the mix. Worse still, as the veterinarian in charge of a Cape Cod animal shelter, Kate’s life is wall-to-wall mutts in constant need of forever homes.

Kate must live with the fact that every abandoned dog is on a two-week deadline to find a human – and the scarred, mistreated wreck that turns up doesn’t stand a chance. Named Whistler, he’s too old, too ugly. But the dog forms an instantaneous, almost magical connection with Jasper. The dog never makes a sound, let alone a bark, yet he speaks to Jasper in a myriad of mysterious ways, forging an indelible bond with the boy. The clock’s ticking, the dog’s future hangs in the balance, and Jasper would do anything to find him a home; but Whistler has chosen them — for a reason.

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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Maria Goodavage’s new book, Doctor Dogs, is full of amazing dogs that can do amazing things.  I had previously heard of dogs that could detect seizures, low blood sugar, and help with PTSD but I had no idea how they did it and the numerous other ways dogs are helping those with medical disabilities. Did you know dogs cant detect cancer by smelling a person’s saliva??  This book goes into the research behind training these dogs to help others.  The author makes reading all the facts and research interesting by intertwining real life stories of dogs and their owners. Many of these stories start out so heartbreaking but end up with a happy tail (see what I did there?). This book has inspired me to look into getting a therapy dog for the school I work.  A therapy dog would benefit so many of the students I work with. After reading this fabulous book, I am excited for what the future holds in the medical field and the role dogs will play. Doctor Dogs comes out October 1st.

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This is the fourth book by Maria Goodavage that I have read about dogs and the ways they benefit society.  Her first two books were on military dogs and the role they play in saving soldiers’ lives. The third book was on dogs that protect the President of the United States.

 

I interviewed Maria a couple years ago.  Check it out below.

I first “met” Maria Goodavage when I read her first book on military working dogs, Soldier Dogs-The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes. This opened up a whole new world to me.  Of course I knew there were dogs in the military and on police forces.  I have traveled enough to see dogs in airports and as border control. But I had no idea the IMPACT these dogs have in the military especially over in the Middle East and how smart and hard working these dogs are.  Ms. Goodavage’s second book, Top Dog-The Story of Marine Hero Lucca, cemented my love and respect for military working dogs and Maria Goodavage.

Her third book, Secret Service Dogs-The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States, was just as informative and fascinating as her first two books. These Secret Service dogs travel the world, where the President, First Lady, or Vice President goes, a dog goes too.  They are used to sniff out convention centers, hotels, restaurants, etc. for bombs and explosives. Every single visitor to the White House is screened by a dog, but never realize it.  Vehicles that enter the White House complex are searched over by these dogs’ noses. There are even dogs called Friendly Dogs. These are the dogs that don’t look like German Shepherds and the Belgian Malinois (the usual dogs of choice by the military and police). The Friendly Dogs look like normal house hold pets and are walked by the Secret Service through crowds around the White House.  These dogs don’t look as threatening to tourists but they are still busy sniffing out bombs, guns, and explosives.

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These dogs are even used to chase down people who jump the White House fence.  The book talks about Hurricane and Jardan and how they chased down a fence jumper even after they were being kicked and punched.  Check out a video of that moment below.

VIDEO:  White House Jumper Getting Taken Down

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Like her other two books, Ms. Goodavage talks about the extensive training these dogs go through and their relationship with their handlers. This is always my favorite part of the book.

“These animals will gladly run into a hail of gunfire giving their life to do their job.  All they ask in return is for you to throw the ball with them, pet them, and talk to them in an embarrassing high voice like they’re the best toddler in the world.”

This is your third book on working dogs. Where did you get the idea to do a book on Service Dogs?

Many military dog handlers have spoken to me with great pride about their work supporting the Secret Service at large-scale, high-security events like the UN General Assembly. I realized I’d never heard anything about the Secret Service having dogs, so I decided to find out more!

Do you have dogs? If so, how many, what kind, and what are their names?

Yes, I have a wonderful, loving, hilarious, gentle giant of a yellow Lab. He’s 10 months old. He has a very special story. Gus is a Kory Wiens and Cooper memorial puppy—a living memorial to a fallen soldier and his dog. He was born on New Year’s Eve last year, and given to me nine weeks later by the father of Army dog handler Kory Wiens, who was killed by an IED along with his yellow lab, Cooper, in Iraq in 2007. I didn’t have the fortune of knowing Kory, but he was an important part of my book Top Dog. His father and I kept in touch after our interviews. I was very moved when he offered me a pup from the memorial litter. Our dear adopted yellow Lab, Jake, had passed away in January of 2015, and I was finally thinking about adopting another Lab, so the timing was excellent—except for getting a lively puppy a month before the deadline for this book!

Where do you write? Are there snacks and beverages involved? If so, what are they?

I have a small, delightful writing cottage in my backyard in San Francisco. It’s only 6×8, but it has been my HQ for Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, and Secret Service Dogs!

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My dear husband, realizing that I can spend up to 20 hours a day in there when I’m up against a tight deadline, bought me a little fridge and a microwave as I got underway with the writing for Secret Service Dogs. I made caffeinated tea nonstop (I also have a tea kettle), and kept the fridge stocked with half and half for it, and with fresh fruit salads, delicious cheese, and leftovers! The freezer had some surprisingly tasty microwavable meals on deadline. (We don’t have a microwave in the house, so it was a treat!) And of course there’s chocolate. Reporters in the old days were known for keeping a bottle of something hard in their file cabinet. That’s where I hide my stash — of chocolate!

If only I had a Port-a-Potty and a tent, I’d never have to go inside the house on deadline!It’s very distracting for me in there, and easy to get off track.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Starting. Sitting down to write those first several hundred words is always really hard. It’s extremely helpful to have a well-honed outline, but I find it daunting to start writing a new book. I’ll usually procrastinate for a few days, but every day counts because I’ve had very tight deadlines for my books on working dogs. Eventually the pressure gets big enough that I have no choice but to sit down and start. Once I’m over the “blank page phenomenon,” it gets substantially easier.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Doing the in-person research! I’m so lucky that I write about a topic I love. Getting to hang out with military and Secret Service dogs and handlers and learn their stories and watch them work and train is pretty amazing.

 What do you want most for readers to get from this book?

I’m happy to have shed light on the incredible world of Secret Service canine teams. They work so hard, and until now they’ve pretty much worked in the shadows. Most of these handlers would like the world to know about their dogs. They’re very proud of them, as they would be their own kids.

I hope the book will help people to become aware of the importance of keeping the Secret Service canine program well funded and robust, especially in this age of increased global terrorism. There’s nothing like a highly skilled dog team to help thwart danger in its tracks.

 What is one trip you have never taken but would really like to someday?

I feature a Secret Service dog handler from Cambodia in this book. After seeing photos and reading a great deal about the country, I would like to go there. I was on a live Facebook feed on VOA Cambodia the day the book came out, and heard from several Cambodians who sent me more photos of their beautiful country. Maybe I’ll combine it with a trip to Vietnam and Thailand. If I didn’t have my Gus here missing me, I might have to include Australia and New Zealand in that trip, but that will have to wait for another time.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

I actually sort of directed Ed Asner in a short children’s video I wrote and co-produced. What a great guy! The show he starred in, The Lou Grant Show, was the reason I became a journalist! Meeting him was like a dream come true. He played the voice of “Joe the Dog” in our video, Here’s Looking at You, Kid! It won a top kids’ video award, and is still for sale, in DVD form: http://amzn.to/2e2nz6g

Probably the most famous celeb I’ve actually had a conversation with fairly recently has been Jon Stewart back when I was a guest on The Daily Show for my book Soldier Dogs. And the most famous, iconic person in “history” would be Clint Hill, the revered Secret Service agent. I am very honored that he wrote the Foreword to Secret Service Dogs.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?

My dad, also a book writer, always said that if you can do what you love, it doesn’t really feel like work. He was so right! I can work seven days a week, long, long hours, and it’s hard, but because I love what I do, it’s never onerous. I always feel lucky to be doing what I do.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veteran journalist Maria Goodavage is the author of the New York Times bestsellersSoldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, and Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca. She lives in San Francisco with her family and yellow Lab, Gus.

CONNECT ONLINE

http://www.mariagoodavage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SoldierDogs/

https://www.instagram.com/mariagoodavage/

https://twitter.com/mariagoodavage

Weekend Wrap Up #96

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

I am highlighting an amazing book this week!

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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Maria Goodavage’s new book, Doctor Dogs, is full of amazing dogs that can do amazing things.  I had previously heard of dogs that could detect seizures, low blood sugar, and help with PTSD but I had no idea how they did it and the numerous other ways dogs are helping those with medical disabilities. Did you know dogs cant detect cancer by smelling a person’s saliva??  This book goes into the research behind training these dogs to help others.  The author makes reading all the facts and research interesting by intertwining real life stories of dogs and their owners. Many of these stories start out so heartbreaking but end up with a happy tail (see what I did there?). This book has inspired me to look into getting a therapy dog for the school I work.  A therapy dog would benefit so many of the students I work with. After reading this fabulous book, I am excited for what the future holds in the medical field and the role dogs will play. Doctor Dogs comes out October 1st.

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This is the fourth book by Maria Goodavage that I have read about dogs and the ways they benefit society.  Her first two books were on military dogs and the role they play in saving soldiers’ lives. The third book was on dogs that protect the President of the United States.

 

I interviewed Maria a couple years ago.  Check it out below.

I first “met” Maria Goodavage when I read her first book on military working dogs, Soldier Dogs-The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes. This opened up a whole new world to me.  Of course I knew there were dogs in the military and on police forces.  I have traveled enough to see dogs in airports and as border control. But I had no idea the IMPACT these dogs have in the military especially over in the Middle East and how smart and hard working these dogs are.  Ms. Goodavage’s second book, Top Dog-The Story of Marine Hero Lucca, cemented my love and respect for military working dogs and Maria Goodavage.

Her third book, Secret Service Dogs-The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States, was just as informative and fascinating as her first two books. These Secret Service dogs travel the world, where the President, First Lady, or Vice President goes, a dog goes too.  They are used to sniff out convention centers, hotels, restaurants, etc. for bombs and explosives. Every single visitor to the White House is screened by a dog, but never realize it.  Vehicles that enter the White House complex are searched over by these dogs’ noses. There are even dogs called Friendly Dogs. These are the dogs that don’t look like German Shepherds and the Belgian Malinois (the usual dogs of choice by the military and police). The Friendly Dogs look like normal house hold pets and are walked by the Secret Service through crowds around the White House.  These dogs don’t look as threatening to tourists but they are still busy sniffing out bombs, guns, and explosives.

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These dogs are even used to chase down people who jump the White House fence.  The book talks about Hurricane and Jardan and how they chased down a fence jumper even after they were being kicked and punched.  Check out a video of that moment below.

VIDEO:  White House Jumper Getting Taken Down

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Like her other two books, Ms. Goodavage talks about the extensive training these dogs go through and their relationship with their handlers. This is always my favorite part of the book.

“These animals will gladly run into a hail of gunfire giving their life to do their job.  All they ask in return is for you to throw the ball with them, pet them, and talk to them in an embarrassing high voice like they’re the best toddler in the world.”

This is your third book on working dogs. Where did you get the idea to do a book on Service Dogs?

Many military dog handlers have spoken to me with great pride about their work supporting the Secret Service at large-scale, high-security events like the UN General Assembly. I realized I’d never heard anything about the Secret Service having dogs, so I decided to find out more!

Do you have dogs? If so, how many, what kind, and what are their names?

Yes, I have a wonderful, loving, hilarious, gentle giant of a yellow Lab. He’s 10 months old. He has a very special story. Gus is a Kory Wiens and Cooper memorial puppy—a living memorial to a fallen soldier and his dog. He was born on New Year’s Eve last year, and given to me nine weeks later by the father of Army dog handler Kory Wiens, who was killed by an IED along with his yellow lab, Cooper, in Iraq in 2007. I didn’t have the fortune of knowing Kory, but he was an important part of my book Top Dog. His father and I kept in touch after our interviews. I was very moved when he offered me a pup from the memorial litter. Our dear adopted yellow Lab, Jake, had passed away in January of 2015, and I was finally thinking about adopting another Lab, so the timing was excellent—except for getting a lively puppy a month before the deadline for this book!

Where do you write? Are there snacks and beverages involved? If so, what are they?

I have a small, delightful writing cottage in my backyard in San Francisco. It’s only 6×8, but it has been my HQ for Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, and Secret Service Dogs!

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My dear husband, realizing that I can spend up to 20 hours a day in there when I’m up against a tight deadline, bought me a little fridge and a microwave as I got underway with the writing for Secret Service Dogs. I made caffeinated tea nonstop (I also have a tea kettle), and kept the fridge stocked with half and half for it, and with fresh fruit salads, delicious cheese, and leftovers! The freezer had some surprisingly tasty microwavable meals on deadline. (We don’t have a microwave in the house, so it was a treat!) And of course there’s chocolate. Reporters in the old days were known for keeping a bottle of something hard in their file cabinet. That’s where I hide my stash — of chocolate!

If only I had a Port-a-Potty and a tent, I’d never have to go inside the house on deadline!It’s very distracting for me in there, and easy to get off track.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Starting. Sitting down to write those first several hundred words is always really hard. It’s extremely helpful to have a well-honed outline, but I find it daunting to start writing a new book. I’ll usually procrastinate for a few days, but every day counts because I’ve had very tight deadlines for my books on working dogs. Eventually the pressure gets big enough that I have no choice but to sit down and start. Once I’m over the “blank page phenomenon,” it gets substantially easier.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Doing the in-person research! I’m so lucky that I write about a topic I love. Getting to hang out with military and Secret Service dogs and handlers and learn their stories and watch them work and train is pretty amazing.

 What do you want most for readers to get from this book?

I’m happy to have shed light on the incredible world of Secret Service canine teams. They work so hard, and until now they’ve pretty much worked in the shadows. Most of these handlers would like the world to know about their dogs. They’re very proud of them, as they would be their own kids.

I hope the book will help people to become aware of the importance of keeping the Secret Service canine program well funded and robust, especially in this age of increased global terrorism. There’s nothing like a highly skilled dog team to help thwart danger in its tracks.

 What is one trip you have never taken but would really like to someday?

I feature a Secret Service dog handler from Cambodia in this book. After seeing photos and reading a great deal about the country, I would like to go there. I was on a live Facebook feed on VOA Cambodia the day the book came out, and heard from several Cambodians who sent me more photos of their beautiful country. Maybe I’ll combine it with a trip to Vietnam and Thailand. If I didn’t have my Gus here missing me, I might have to include Australia and New Zealand in that trip, but that will have to wait for another time.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

I actually sort of directed Ed Asner in a short children’s video I wrote and co-produced. What a great guy! The show he starred in, The Lou Grant Show, was the reason I became a journalist! Meeting him was like a dream come true. He played the voice of “Joe the Dog” in our video, Here’s Looking at You, Kid! It won a top kids’ video award, and is still for sale, in DVD form: http://amzn.to/2e2nz6g

Probably the most famous celeb I’ve actually had a conversation with fairly recently has been Jon Stewart back when I was a guest on The Daily Show for my book Soldier Dogs. And the most famous, iconic person in “history” would be Clint Hill, the revered Secret Service agent. I am very honored that he wrote the Foreword to Secret Service Dogs.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?

My dad, also a book writer, always said that if you can do what you love, it doesn’t really feel like work. He was so right! I can work seven days a week, long, long hours, and it’s hard, but because I love what I do, it’s never onerous. I always feel lucky to be doing what I do.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veteran journalist Maria Goodavage is the author of the New York Times bestsellersSoldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, and Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca. She lives in San Francisco with her family and yellow Lab, Gus.

CONNECT ONLINE

http://www.mariagoodavage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SoldierDogs/

https://www.instagram.com/mariagoodavage/

https://twitter.com/mariagoodavage

Furs-Day Feature #18

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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Maria Goodavage’s new book, Doctor Dogs, is full of amazing dogs that can do amazing things.  I had previously heard of dogs that could detect seizures, low blood sugar, and help with PTSD but I had no idea how they did it and the numerous other ways dogs are helping those with medical disabilities. Did you know dogs cant detect cancer by smelling a person’s saliva??  This book goes into the research behind training these dogs to help others.  The author makes reading all the facts and research interesting by intertwining real life stories of dogs and their owners. Many of these stories start out so heartbreaking but end up with a happy tail (see what I did there?). This book has inspired me to look into getting a therapy dog for the school I work.  A therapy dog would benefit so many of the students I work with. After reading this fabulous book, I am excited for what the future holds in the medical field and the role dogs will play. Doctor Dogs comes out October 1st.

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This is the fourth book by Maria Goodavage that I have read about dogs and the ways they benefit society.  Her first two books were on military dogs and the role they play in saving soldiers’ lives. The third book was on dogs that protect the President of the United States.  

 

I interviewed Maria a couple years ago.  Check it out below.

I first “met” Maria Goodavage when I read her first book on military working dogs, Soldier Dogs-The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes. This opened up a whole new world to me.  Of course I knew there were dogs in the military and on police forces.  I have traveled enough to see dogs in airports and as border control. But I had no idea the IMPACT these dogs have in the military especially over in the Middle East and how smart and hard working these dogs are.  Ms. Goodavage’s second book, Top Dog-The Story of Marine Hero Lucca, cemented my love and respect for military working dogs and Maria Goodavage.

 

Her third book, Secret Service Dogs-The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States, was just as informative and fascinating as her first two books. These Secret Service dogs travel the world, where the President, First Lady, or Vice President goes, a dog goes too.  They are used to sniff out convention centers, hotels, restaurants, etc. for bombs and explosives. Every single visitor to the White House is screened by a dog, but never realize it.  Vehicles that enter the White House complex are searched over by these dogs’ noses. There are even dogs called Friendly Dogs. These are the dogs that don’t look like German Shepherds and the Belgian Malinois (the usual dogs of choice by the military and police). The Friendly Dogs look like normal house hold pets and are walked by the Secret Service through crowds around the White House.  These dogs don’t look as threatening to tourists but they are still busy sniffing out bombs, guns, and explosives.

Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 10.48.45 AM

These dogs are even used to chase down people who jump the White House fence.  The book talks about Hurricane and Jardan and how they chased down a fence jumper even after they were being kicked and punched.  Check out a video of that moment below.

VIDEO:  White House Jumper Getting Taken Down

Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 10.51.37 AM.png

Like her other two books, Ms. Goodavage talks about the extensive training these dogs go through and their relationship with their handlers. This is always my favorite part of the book.

“These animals will gladly run into a hail of gunfire giving their life to do their job.  All they ask in return is for you to throw the ball with them, pet them, and talk to them in an embarrassing high voice like they’re the best toddler in the world.”

This is your third book on working dogs. Where did you get the idea to do a book on Service Dogs?

Many military dog handlers have spoken to me with great pride about their work supporting the Secret Service at large-scale, high-security events like the UN General Assembly. I realized I’d never heard anything about the Secret Service having dogs, so I decided to find out more!

Do you have dogs? If so, how many, what kind, and what are their names?

Yes, I have a wonderful, loving, hilarious, gentle giant of a yellow Lab. He’s 10 months old. He has a very special story. Gus is a Kory Wiens and Cooper memorial puppy—a living memorial to a fallen soldier and his dog. He was born on New Year’s Eve last year, and given to me nine weeks later by the father of Army dog handler Kory Wiens, who was killed by an IED along with his yellow lab, Cooper, in Iraq in 2007. I didn’t have the fortune of knowing Kory, but he was an important part of my book Top Dog. His father and I kept in touch after our interviews. I was very moved when he offered me a pup from the memorial litter. Our dear adopted yellow Lab, Jake, had passed away in January of 2015, and I was finally thinking about adopting another Lab, so the timing was excellent—except for getting a lively puppy a month before the deadline for this book!

Where do you write? Are there snacks and beverages involved? If so, what are they?

I have a small, delightful writing cottage in my backyard in San Francisco. It’s only 6×8, but it has been my HQ for Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, and Secret Service Dogs!

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My dear husband, realizing that I can spend up to 20 hours a day in there when I’m up against a tight deadline, bought me a little fridge and a microwave as I got underway with the writing for Secret Service Dogs. I made caffeinated tea nonstop (I also have a tea kettle), and kept the fridge stocked with half and half for it, and with fresh fruit salads, delicious cheese, and leftovers! The freezer had some surprisingly tasty microwavable meals on deadline. (We don’t have a microwave in the house, so it was a treat!) And of course there’s chocolate. Reporters in the old days were known for keeping a bottle of something hard in their file cabinet. That’s where I hide my stash — of chocolate!

If only I had a Port-a-Potty and a tent, I’d never have to go inside the house on deadline! It’s very distracting for me in there, and easy to get off track.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Starting. Sitting down to write those first several hundred words is always really hard. It’s extremely helpful to have a well-honed outline, but I find it daunting to start writing a new book. I’ll usually procrastinate for a few days, but every day counts because I’ve had very tight deadlines for my books on working dogs. Eventually the pressure gets big enough that I have no choice but to sit down and start. Once I’m over the “blank page phenomenon,” it gets substantially easier.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Doing the in-person research! I’m so lucky that I write about a topic I love. Getting to hang out with military and Secret Service dogs and handlers and learn their stories and watch them work and train is pretty amazing.

 What do you want most for readers to get from this book?

I’m happy to have shed light on the incredible world of Secret Service canine teams. They work so hard, and until now they’ve pretty much worked in the shadows. Most of these handlers would like the world to know about their dogs. They’re very proud of them, as they would be their own kids.

I hope the book will help people to become aware of the importance of keeping the Secret Service canine program well funded and robust, especially in this age of increased global terrorism. There’s nothing like a highly skilled dog team to help thwart danger in its tracks.

 What is one trip you have never taken but would really like to someday?

I feature a Secret Service dog handler from Cambodia in this book. After seeing photos and reading a great deal about the country, I would like to go there. I was on a live Facebook feed on VOA Cambodia the day the book came out, and heard from several Cambodians who sent me more photos of their beautiful country. Maybe I’ll combine it with a trip to Vietnam and Thailand. If I didn’t have my Gus here missing me, I might have to include Australia and New Zealand in that trip, but that will have to wait for another time.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

I actually sort of directed Ed Asner in a short children’s video I wrote and co-produced. What a great guy! The show he starred in, The Lou Grant Show, was the reason I became a journalist! Meeting him was like a dream come true. He played the voice of “Joe the Dog” in our video, Here’s Looking at You, Kid! It won a top kids’ video award, and is still for sale, in DVD form: http://amzn.to/2e2nz6g

Probably the most famous celeb I’ve actually had a conversation with fairly recently has been Jon Stewart back when I was a guest on The Daily Show for my book Soldier Dogs. And the most famous, iconic person in “history” would be Clint Hill, the revered Secret Service agent. I am very honored that he wrote the Foreword to Secret Service Dogs.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?

My dad, also a book writer, always said that if you can do what you love, it doesn’t really feel like work. He was so right! I can work seven days a week, long, long hours, and it’s hard, but because I love what I do, it’s never onerous. I always feel lucky to be doing what I do.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veteran journalist Maria Goodavage is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, and Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca. She lives in San Francisco with her family and yellow Lab, Gus.

CONNECT ONLINE

http://www.mariagoodavage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SoldierDogs/

https://www.instagram.com/mariagoodavage/

https://twitter.com/mariagoodavage

Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge Post #3

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This month, my Furs-day Features will be my Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge Posts!

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WELCOME TO THE 3RD ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS THAT HAVE A DOG IN THEM AS YOU WANT.

PLEASE LINK US IN ANY DOG DAYS OF SUMMER POSTS YOU DO. LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS WHEN YOU POST.

I WILL BE HAVING A GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THE CHALLENGE.

BE SURE TO JUMP OVER TO LA LA IN THE LIBRARY’S  BLOG FOR MORE  DOG DAYS OF SUMMER FUN.  SHE IS ALSO HAVING A GIVEAWAY AND DOING OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES ON HER BLOG AND INSTAGRAM.

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GOODREADS

Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

MY THOUGHTS

Even though I found the main character a bit annoying, the over all story is cute and heart warming.  Another fun dog read where no dogs die.

GIVEAWAY!!!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A GIFT CARD AND BOOK.

 

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me!

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WHAT I READ LAST

DogDaysofSummer

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF OFFICIALLY STARTED ON AUGUST 1ST.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AND POST ABOUT AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS WRITTEN BY DOGS (KIDDING) AS YOU WANT.  THERE WILL BE A COUPLE GIVEAWAYS AND  SOME FUN DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS AND CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AS WELL.

CHECK OUT MORE DETAILS HERE AND OVER ON LA LA’S BLOG.

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GOODREADS

If you like to read books with dogs in them but are worried it will be sad, then no worries in this book.  There are five dogs and not one of them dies are gets hurt.  To be honest, this book isn’t really about dogs at all.  It is a story about family and forgiving those who have wronged you. It is beautifully written, and like Higgins’ other books, told with witty humor.  So if you are looking for a book to read for Dog Days of Summer, this one releases Friday, August 9th.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

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 WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

The uplifting story of two unlikely mountaineers: a man in late middle age and a fearless pint-sized pup who, together, scale Colorado’s highest peaks.

By the time life had finished hitting Rick Crandall from all sides, he was at the lowest point of his life, both personally and professionally. Depressed to find himself facing a mid-late-life age crisis and watching his finances crumble as the tech industry bubble burst, he hopes his future isn’t headed downhill. It was at this critical juncture in their new marriage that his wife Pamela made an astute and life-changing suggestion: “Let’s get a dog.”

GIVEAWAY!!!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A GIFT CARD AND BOOK.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With

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Hermione Granger

luna

Luna Lovegood

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Louisa Clark

little house books

Laura Ingalls Wilder

spidersweb

Lisbeth Salander

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Nancy Drew

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Arya Stark

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Calpurnia Tate

hungergames

Katniss Everdeen

janeyere

Jane Eyre

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

DogDaysofSummer

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF OFFICIALLY STARTED ON AUGUST 1ST.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AND POST ABOUT AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS WRITTEN BY DOGS (KIDDING) AS YOU WANT.  THERE WILL BE A COUPLE GIVEAWAYS AND  SOME FUN DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS AND CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AS WELL.

CHECK OUT MORE DETAILS HERE AND OVER ON LA LA’S BLOG.

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GOODREADS

If you like to read books with dogs in them but are worried it will be sad, then no worries in this book.  There are five dogs and not one of them dies are gets hurt.  To be honest, this book isn’t really about dogs at all.  It is a story about family and forgiving those who have wronged you. It is beautifully written, and like Higgins’ other books, told with witty humor.  So if you are looking for a book to read for Dog Days of Summer, this one releases Friday, August 9th.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

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 WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

The uplifting story of two unlikely mountaineers: a man in late middle age and a fearless pint-sized pup who, together, scale Colorado’s highest peaks.

By the time life had finished hitting Rick Crandall from all sides, he was at the lowest point of his life, both personally and professionally. Depressed to find himself facing a mid-late-life age crisis and watching his finances crumble as the tech industry bubble burst, he hopes his future isn’t headed downhill. It was at this critical juncture in their new marriage that his wife Pamela made an astute and life-changing suggestion: “Let’s get a dog.”

GIVEAWAY!!!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A GIFT CARD AND BOOK.

Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge Post #2

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This month, my Furs-day Features will be my Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge Posts!

DogDaysofSummer

WELCOME TO THE 3RD ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS THAT HAVE A DOG IN THEM AS YOU WANT.

PLEASE LINK US IN ANY DOG DAYS OF SUMMER POSTS YOU DO. LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS WHEN YOU POST.

I WILL BE HAVING A GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THE CHALLENGE.

BE SURE TO JUMP OVER TO LA LA IN THE LIBRARY’S  BLOG FOR MORE  DOG DAYS OF SUMMER FUN.  SHE IS ALSO HAVING A GIVEAWAY AND DOING OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES ON HER BLOG AND INSTAGRAM.

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GOODREADS

If you like to read books with dogs in them but are worried it will be sad, then no worries in this book.  There are five dogs and not one of them dies are gets hurt.  To be honest, this book isn’t really about dogs at all.  It is a story about family and forgiving those who have wronged you. It is beautifully written, and like Higgins’ other books, told with witty humor.  So if you are looking for a book to read for Dog Days of Summer, this one releases Friday, August 9th.

GIVEAWAY!!!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A GIFT CARD AND BOOK.

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me!

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WHAT I READ LAST

DogDaysofSummer

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF OFFICIALLY STARTED ON AUGUST 1ST.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AND POST ABOUT AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS WRITTEN BY DOGS (KIDDING) AS YOU WANT.  THERE WILL BE A COUPLE GIVEAWAYS AND  SOME FUN DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS AND CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AS WELL.

CHECK OUT MORE DETAILS HERE AND OVER ON LA LA’S BLOG.

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GOODREADS

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

MY THOUGHTS

This book was more serious than I thought it would be.  I enjoyed the humorous and insightful perspective of the dog, Enzo, as the narrator.  The book wasn’t as sad as I thought it would be but it may make you cry.

I DECIDED TO READ THIS BOOK FIRST BECAUSE THERE IS A MOVIE BASED ON THE BOOK COMING OUT AUGUST 9TH.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER.

TRAILER

GIVEAWAY!!!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A GIFT CARD AND BOOK.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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 WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

arrows

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I am tweaking this weeks TTT to my favorite book covers.