How can you not be a fan of Maria Goodavage?  She is the news editor of the most popular “Doggy Blog” on the Internet, Dogster.com (If you haven’t checked out this site yet, then get ready for hours and hours of fun, even if you’re not a rabid Dog lover like myself), she has now released a bestselling and heartwarming book called “Soldier Dogs”, detailing the real life adventures of Dogs in the military and the incredible job they do helping save lives in War Zones like Afghanistan, as well as the wonderful bonds they build with the troops they serve with, and most of all she is one of the nicest and most genuine people you can ever meet.  Here are some of the recent reviews of the book that will make you run out to the bookstore and get this book ASAP!!

“A moving portrait of the loyal, courageous, furry warriors who truly are enlisted Man’s Best Friend.” — People Magazine

“A fascinating window into a different kind of military life.” – Booklist

“[A] highly recommended book if you have the slightest interest in military working dogs. A must read — I say again must read — book if you have ever served anywhere they’ve had paws on the ground. I’m not sure who to thank more…Maria Goodavage for her book or Blek, Lucy, Buck, Ajax, Davy, Tina, Patrick, Fenji, Rex, Cinte, Lex, Ben, Lars, Duc and the other dogs and their handlers for helping her write it…” – David Reeder, Military.com

“Goodavage profiles an indispensible warrior of the four-legged variety…Inspiring personal stories of the many canine allies (and their handlers) who have dramatically enhanced military command units and examines how this indelible human-canine bond often transcends the atrocities of wartime violence. A well-deserved salute to the military’s ‘paws-on-the-ground heroes.’ ”       — Kirkus

 

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with fellow Dog Enthusiast and Dogster News Editor, Maria Goodavage, coming off an incredible appearance the night before on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in NYC, to talk about her new book “Soldier Dogs”, the unique stories and bonds of what these incredible animals are doing overseas in Afghanistan to protect our troops, where I can get my own pair of “Doggles”, the role that dogs played in helping with the Osama Bin Laden raid, and sooo much more!!  This is a topic so near and dear to my heart, so it was truly an honor to sit down with Maria who has also been a reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle, and is a founding editor of a national guidebook series for dogs, and author of The Dog Lover’s Companion to California and The Dog Lover’s Companion to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Enjoy Kade Nation!!

(Photo Credits Listed In Order: Photo Credit Robin Jerstad, Photo Credit U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Paul D. Williams, Photo Credit Sergeant Mark Vierig, Photo Credit: James Bailey)

And here is Maria On “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” the night before I interviewed her…

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