“A celebration of the bonds of hard work and sacrifice shared by all those who serve in uniform, whether on two legs or on four.” — Randy Brown, author, Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire
Bonded By Battle is the first book to tell the 150-year story of how dogs and soldiers built a relationship on and off the battlefield, teaming up to become our military’s most advanced counter-terrorism weapon.
With the release of the feature film Megan Leavey in June, people will discover how military working dogs and their handlers form lifelong bonds that go beyond the battlefield. Read the chapter on Megan Leavey and Rex
Dogs served as mascots in the Civil War and World War I. Spending almost every hour together, soldiers discovered that dogs could be more than great companions.
The dogs learned to make themselves more and more useful to the soldiers, sniffing out mustard gas, booby traps, enemy combatants, and buried roadside bombs.
And yet, for decades dogs were treated like equipment, discarded on orders from the military command when they were no longer of use. This led to a shameful decision at the end of the Vietnam War.
“Outstanding book! Nancy has captured what it's like for both the dog and handler. She gets it, these are dog TEAMS. The dog and soldier read each other and respond to a situation accordingly.” — Darrell Trent, Vietnam sentry dog handler
Nancy Roe Pimm, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is the author of non ction narratives for young readers. Her book Colo’s Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla was chosen to represent the state of Ohio at the 2012 National Book Festival, and was a Choose to Read Ohio selection for 2013 and 2014. She is also the author of The Indy 500: The Inside Track, The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories, and The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World (all Junior Library Guild Selections). She lives in Ohio.