The Military Dog Who Saved A Thousand Lives

Book - 2015
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"'With some dogs you share a boil in the bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor. Some you wouldn't leave in charge of your Grandma unless you wanted to find out just how fast the old girl could run. But, if you're very, very lucky there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for - and for me that dog is Buster.' Buster, an English springer spaniel who has served his comrades and his country with unstinting devotion, has saved thousands of lives. This is the story of his partnership with RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. It is a relationship that produced some heroic feats--including sniffing out explosive vests that led to the arrests of two suicide bombers--in the dust and desert heat of Afghanistan and beyond. Buster, uniquely, has served five tours of duty in three theatres of war (Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan)--more than any other military dog. He also won the prestigious Crufts Friends for Life Award in 2012, and has gone on to become the official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police, the only dog in history to have been honored in that manner. A best friend in dog's clothing, an RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground, Buster is truly a dog in a million"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250076465
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: George, Isabel
Call Number: 958.104748 BAR


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Mar 16, 2017

A heart warming book about a dog and his handler. I recommend this book for preteens.

Dec 12, 2016

The book is in conversational style and so is accessible to younger viewers. While there is tension and mention of death there are no explicit scenes of war action and violence. The story is autobiographical and the dog handler a sympathetic character and then there is the dog, Buster. The story shows the role of the military dog teams in keeping soldiers save by sensing explosives and weapons. As well, they can also have a strong morale effect by their presence both by inducing a sense of safety and by being an object for affection in a situation lacking others. Buster excelled at both jobs. This would be a good book for pre-teens who want to have an introduction to what current warfare is like without the graphic violence that films currently portray.


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