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September is National Service Dog Month! Celebrate man's best friend by reading the stories that highlight the extraordinary work service dogs do.

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life From an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern
Funny, moving, and profound, "A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home" is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt -- showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding) -- taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

Hero Dogs: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America's Greatest Disaster-Search Partners by Wilma Melville
The incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America's foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina.

Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States by Maria Goodavage
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.

Smoky the Brave: How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms During World War II by Damien Lewis
"Smoky the Brave" documents the story of the U.S. military's first therapy dog, a four-pound Yorkshire Terrier noted for remarkable acts of courage, including her famous jump from a plane using a specially designed parachute.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson
At 12:30 a.m. on 9/11, Roselle whimpered at Michael Hingson's bedside. When the trained guide dog was on the clock, nothing could faze her. But without her harness she was free to be scared of the coming thunderstorm. The two had a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead. A normal day. Until they went to the office. In "Thunder Dog", follow Michael and Roselle as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs.

Tuesday's Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives by Luis Carlos Montalván
Iraq War veteran Montalván takes to the road with his beloved Golden Retriever service dog, Tuesday, advocating for America's wounded warriors and for each other. They show these beautifully trained animals can assist soldiers, veterans and many others with disabilities, and highlight the miraculous talents of service dogs.

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel
Drawn from extensive, on-the-ground reporting, a journalist, delving into the extraordinary world of war dogs, provides a full understanding of what these specially trained canines and their human compatriots go through day after day under fire and the unbreakable bond that forms between them.

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren
A firsthand exploration of the fascinating world of "working dogs" -- who seek out missing persons, sniff for explosives in war zones, and locate long-dead remains -- through the experiences of a journalist and her canine companion, an incorrigible pup named Solo.


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