No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the Seal Teams to the Bin Laden Raid Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 April 2020
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250176956
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250176950
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"No Ordinary Dog is not what you are expecting; this is not a normal war memoir. Yes Will was a Navy SEAL who served at the highest level. Yes, he was there when we killed Osama bin Laden. But this is a story about someone else who was there: Cairo. Cairo was the only dog chosen to be with us that night in Abbottabad, Pakistan, but that is not the only time we served with him. I personally fought next to Cairo in many different theaters of war but also trained with him around the globe. The Operators had meals with him and watched movies with him. We all did. Military Working Dogs have been on the frontlines since the wars began and have saved countless lives. This is Cairo's story." --Robert J. O'Neill, former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling Author of The OperatorFormer U.S. Navy SEAL Chesney offers an inside look at life in the Special Forces and pays tribute to his canine partner Cairo in this heartfelt debut....Dog lovers and fans of military history will be enthralled. --Publishers Weekly "An outstanding book that captured me through to the end. Read this not just for the dog, or for the SEAL Team stories, but for its truth about the most precious of bonds: that between a man and his best friend." --Mike Thornton, Retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient No Ordinary Dog demonstrates the healing and redemptive nature of the human-canine bond...Will Chesney and co-writer Joe Layden have done a public service by sharing this story. It's a fast-paced opportunity to understand more about today's military and the role of K9s in keeping our service members safe. It's a heart-felt tribute to the human-canine bond. But most importantly, it encourages people with PTSD and TBI to reach out for support. --Military Working Dog Team Support Association By every measure, Cairo most certainly deserves to be remembered as the American hero that he was...Cairo--and other military and law enforcement working dogs like him--are heroes of the unwavering loyalty and steadfastness that perhaps only a dog could fully muster. Cairo's story helps us to remember that. --The Havok Journal
About the Author
JOE LAYDEN is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer whose work has been honored by the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, the National Associated Press Sports Editors, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council.Mr. Layden has written or co-written more than thirty books for adults and children, including The Last Great Fight and The Ghost Horse.
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As someone who has always had a dog as part of my family, and someone that comes from an extensive family history of serving in the Marines and Army in combat, as well as a full time profession, and someone that passionately supports our military and veterans, I was obviously drawn to this book immediately.
To be able to glimpse inside the dynamics, training, and utter trust, love, and loyalty in Will and Cairo’s relationship was amazing. Will was not just a handler and Cairo is not just a service dog. They were so much more to each other. It almost seemed as if each half made the other a better being. I was just in awe of all the preparation, training, physical obstacles, and the utter devotion that they had for one another on and off the field, and also “post-game”.
I also truly appreciated Will sharing his story of injury, sadness, TBI, PTSD, and his ongoing road to recovery. He is beyond impressive, and I am in awe of his honesty and determination to find the life he deserves. I am very happy for him and his family.
There were times that I laughed, and definitely two times I cried, like really, really hard. Anyone that has a dog as part of their family know what I mean.
This is an amazing book for anyone that is passionate about dogs, training, military, our veterans, and helping find the road to recovery for once they return home.
5/5 stars enthusiastically
I suspect there are many stories similar to Cairo and Will’s that we will never know but I don’t doubt that each is just as powerful and moving so I just wanted to say ...... Thank you for your willingness to share it all, for staying in the fight now for those who will benefit from your experiences with the invisible enemy of PTS and TBI. Thank you for yours and Cairo’s service. Thank you for this book, I laughed, I cried, I went down memory lane remembering a lot of what’s happened over the last 20 years in this country.