The Dog Lover Unit

The Dog Lover Unit

Lessons in Courage From the World's K9 Cops

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The Poet Laureate of Vancouver describes her experiences on ride-alongs, training runs and other challenging situations with police dogs and their handlers in the United States, Canada, England and France and discusses the amazing feats these human and canine teams accomplish.

McMillan Palgrave

"Enter the intense world of both the dogs and people who form the K9 corps. Every dog has its own unique personality." —Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human

An acclaimed poet, Rachel Rose never expected to spend her nights careening along for the ride while the police teams search for armed suspects. Yet once she decided to meet the people who devoted their lives to police K9 units, she found herself signing up for the ride-alongs, training runs, and other challenges that these courageous people–and canines–face on a daily basis.

In The Dog Lover Unit, Rose introduces readers to police dogs and their handlers in the United States, Canada, Britain, and France (where their group's official name translates as "the dog lover unit"). She’s there to catch a criminal with Constable Matt Noel and Blackie; to patrol with Sheriff Gene Davis and Gunner; and writes movingly about the tragic funeral of Constable Dave Ross, and its impact on other K9 teams.

With insight, humor, and awe, this book reveals the feats that these human and canine teams accomplish, and the emotional and physical risks that they take for one another, and for us.

& Taylor

The author describes her experiences on ride-alongs and training runs with police dogs and their handlers, discussing the feats these human and canine teams accomplish.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250110749
Branch Call Number: 363.23 Ros
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm


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Apr 18, 2018

Rachel Rose is a poet, not an investigative reporter. I found her stuff easy to read, and it was very emotional. Definitely not for someone who wants a clinical presentation of police dogs.

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