Friday, July 10, 2020

Warrior Dog

Chesney, Will and Layden, Joe. Warrior Dog (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Navy Seal and His Fearless Canine Partner 
June 30th 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Will Chesney entered the Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) program not long after his high school graduation in 2002, and eventually was involved in the operation that took down Osama Bin Laden in May of 2011. This book details the path that his own training took, and also outlines his involvement with the canine unit, especially with Cairo, the Belgian Malinois for whom he was the handler. He was very attached to the dog, as were many other soldiers, who count on the dogs to save them in critical moments. Cairo was injured in a shooting in Afghanistan, but survived, healed, and was sent back as a reserve dog. The two were involved with Operation Trident that located and killed Bin Laden Chesney was himself injured and eventually received a medical retirement, and when Cairo retired, he was sent to live with Chesney.
Strengths: Most of the military books in my library collection are about WWII, with a smattering of Vietnam and WWI books, so readers who are heavily interested in all thing military will find this to be a refreshing, newer historical book. The inclusion of dogs in the military is a fascinating topic, and their training is quite intense. This is certainly a type of book that I currently lack in my collection.
Weaknesses: This had just enough information for younger readers, but I'm kind of curious what was left out of the adult version.
What I really think: I will definitely purchase this, but more current military missions are something in which I myself have zero interest.

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