Clayton, CA, Sep 17, 2010 - When author Nicole Arbelo first discovered a website dedicated to helping US soldiers abroad, she quickly signed up to help, sending care packages and letters of support to several military canine handlers and their dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nicole never dreamed her efforts would culminate in a book about military working dogs and their handlers. She releases K9 Heroes; Together We Protect , Defend, and Conquer As One. It's a stirring collection of true stories of courage and duty, love and loss, as told by the men and women serving with military working dogs
Since the War on Terror began, no other book has been written about the teamwork of K9 handlers and their four-legged partners serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military dogs have long been used in combat, but when their service was over they were often euthanized or left behind. Today, when their tour of duty is over, these furry heroes are treated with more respect and honored for their incredible bravery and loyalty in combat. MWDs are used to scout, search, and rescue. Some are specially trained to detect explosives. Others are used as sentries, mascots, attack dogs, and guards. All are ready to lay down their lives for their handlers.
These are the stories that Nicole Arbelo was determined to uncover and share. She first ran across Sgt. Adam Cann's story, a Marine and K9 handler, on http://www.anysoldier.com/
and was surprised to see that he hailed from the same small town in Florida as she did. As she read about his tragic death, she wondered what had happened to his dog Bruno. Had he been killed in the explosion as well? After some research, Arbelo discovered that Bruno had been assigned to a new handler, Cpl. Justin Granado, and she contacted him.
From there began a new friendship-and an idea for a book as well.
Dozens of interviews later, K9 Heroes was born. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs and the touching, often heart-wrenching stories of soldiers and their dogs. Arbelo also has a following of over 6,000 on Facebook-"K9 Heroes"-
where she posts the latest news in the world of MWDs, police dogs, and Search and Rescue dogs, and brings together handlers and amazing people that continuously send care packages to the deployed K9 handlers and their military working dogs.
About the book:
K9 Heroes by Nicole Arbelo
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: Oct 29, 2009
About the author:
As a child, Nicole Arbelo was saved from a rattlesnake bite by the family German shepherd, sparking a lifelong love for dogs. She moved from Florida to northern California, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Human Development. She began working with special needs students in the elementary schools in 1998, and now is involved with deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students. She is working to become state certified in American Sign Language to become an Interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing. K9 Heroes is her first book.
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