Mullane Literary Associates

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage

Soldier Dogs Maria Goodavage
New York Times Bestseller

Early praise for Maria Goodavage's Soldier Dogs

A moving portrait of the loyal, courageous, furry warriors who truly are enlisted Man's Best Friend.”

People Magazine

A fascinating book about the valiant things that military dogs do as told through the words of the soldiers who fight beside them...a great read for anyone who appreciates dogs and heroes.”

Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs

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 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.”’


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


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,

“Stories of spooked pups aboard battle-hound Hueys and dogs in the line of fire reveal a surprisingly human-like response to war, and posit these military mutts as admirable—and capable—soldiers.”

Publishers Weekly

“If the idea of dogs at war conjures up thoughts of harsh methods and unrelenting discipline, think again. Maria Goodavage's revealing and engaging book exposes the unexpected trust and affection that flows both ways between dog and handler. You may already care about dogs: This book will heighten your respect for them.”

John Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense

Maria Goodavage is the perfect combination of news reporter and dog lover, who can take the rest of us on a journey into heartwarming tales of how working dogs continue to be man's best friend on the front lines.”

Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible

About the Author

Maria Goodavage is the news editor and a featured writer at She has been a reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a founding editor of The Dog Lover's Companion guidebook series and author of The Dog Lover's Companion to California and The Dog Lover's Companion to the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in San Francisco. Read more at

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Co-agented with Carol Mann