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Secret service dogs : the heroes who protect the President of the United States

Goodavage, Maria, 1962-, author.

New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]

xiv, 306 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.

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In an age fraught with terrorism, United States Secret Service canine teams risk their lives to safeguard the president, vice president, their families, visiting heads of state, and a host of others. Unprecedented access to these heroic dog teams has allowed a fascinating first-time-ever look at a very special breed of heroes. Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They'll be there no matter what the country or state. They'll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour.a oIf you let down your guard on the job,o says Special Agent Bill G., canine program manager, oit can change the history of the world.o It's a burden Secret Service dog handlers take extremely seriously regardless of their specialty. Tactical dog handlers on the White House lawn, handlers whose dogs sniff for explosives around the world, and those who walk their amiable floppy-eared dogs up and down Pennsylvania Avenue all live one common mantra- Not on my watch. Or my dog's. Secret Service Dogs immerses readers into the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates- the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond-the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. oThese animals will gladly run into a hail of gunfire,o says '"Stew," a Secret Service ERT tactical canine unit supervisor. oAll they ask in return is for their handlers to throw the ball with them, pet them, and talk to them in an embarrassingly high voice.o Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service's most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs.



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Editorial Reviews

Review by Library Journal.
From sniffing out explosives to taking down White House fence jumpers and other threats, the canines of the Secret Service are on duty 24/7. Journalist -Goodavage (Soldier Dogs; Top Dog) takes readers into the hidden professional and personal world of these service dogs and the humans they protect. With unprecedented access to the people and dogs serving today, Goodavage presents a compelling narrative of the selection, training, and work life of canine units and also includes stories of the partners when they are off duty. All of this is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the history of the Secret Service canine corps, which reveals an amazing record of bravery and dedication. The author further addresses the deep emotional connection that develops between handler and dog. This aspect is particularly heartbreaking when a canine is hurt or dies. This book is an important addition to the works that show how dogs really are man's best friend. VERDICT A wonderful account and history of these unsung heroes at work every day to make the world safer. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/16.]-Lisa -Ennis, Alabama Coll. of -Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Booklist.
Goodavage (Soldier Dogs, 2012, and Top Dog, 2014) takes readers into the world of the dogs that protect not only the president of the U.S. but also the president's family, the vice president, visiting dignitaries, and those who tour the nation's capital. Though much of the work of these dedicated canines is top secret, and their handlers are referred to by first name only, Goodavage gives readers rich vignettes about the variety of roles these canines perform in protective service. Goodavage profiles bomb-detection dogs, the SWAT-equivalent dogs that take fence-jumpers down, and the floppy-eared pups that unassumingly sniff tourists who mill about Washington, D.C., sights, too. Readers will feel an appreciation for these working dogs' formidable skills as well as for their ability to turn it off and enjoy relatively normal home lives after hours. Appreciation turns to adoration, though, when Goodavage compels readers with stories of the bonds between Secret Service dogs and their handlers. A must-read for the dog lover.--Spanner, Alison Copyright 2016 Booklist

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