Author(s): Maria Goodavage
The incredible story of canine hero Lucca and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars. Maria Goodavage renders a gritty account of a new kind of warfare with a new kind of war hero - Lucca K458 - a decorated and highly skilled working dog hunting for lethal threats in the cauldron of war. While the military classes its dogs as equipment, for those who know her and work with her, the German shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix with the expressive eyebrows is a real best friend on the battlefield. Lucca is partnered with Marine Staff Sergeant Chris Willingham, and their harrowing adventures in Iraq take us into rooftop firefights and IED-infested streets, and face-to-face with insurgents. Next Lucca is assigned to Marine Corporal Juan 'Rod' Rodriguez and they face new threats and challenges during their deployment to Afghanistan, where they serve alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry. Goodavage reveals the deep bond between military working dogs and their handlers, a connection that saves lives. The moving relationship Lucca developed with her handlers, her outstanding skills, and her exceptional character are the stuff of military legend.
'Written like an adventure, with heart-pounding combat sequences, high tension, and suspense as well as moments of deep emotion and bonding, Top Dog is a must-read for anyone who appreciates heroes of both the two-legged and four-legged kind.' Stanley Coren, author of Born to Bark
Maria Goodavage is a contributing editor and featured writer for one of the most widely read dog blogs in the world, 'For the Love of Dog' at Dogster.com, which gets between 200,000 and 300,000 page views per month. Goodavage, who earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University, was a reporter for USA Today for seven years. She has written regularly for numerous other newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and San Francisco Chronicle.