No Ordinary Dog is the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life.
This program is read by the author.
Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo's story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a SEAL Team Operator whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo's.
Starting in 2008, when Will was introduced to the DEVGRU canine program, he and Cairo worked side by side, depending on each other for survival on hundreds of critical operations in the war on terrorism. But their bond transcended their service. Then, in 2011, the call came: Pick up your dog and get back to Virginia. Now.
What followed were several weeks of training for a secret mission. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary operation. Cairo was among the first members of the U.S. military on the ground in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the successful elimination of bin Laden.
As Cairo settled into a role as a reliable “spare dog,” Will went back to his job as a DEVGRU operator, until a grenade blast in 2013 left him with a brain injury and PTSD. Unable to participate in further missions, he suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain, memory issues, and depression. Modern medicine provided only modest relief. Instead, it was up to Cairo to save Will's life once more—and then up to Will to be there when Cairo needed him the most.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
The story of Cairo is one of honor and love. As a fellow veteran I salute you Will! Yours and Cairo’s story made me laugh, wince, cry and remember many stories of my past canine companions. I too am dealing with the last days of my current dog. My version Cairo. While she didn’t have such a storied life as Cairo, she has left a impact on my life just the same. You have helped my coming to terms of her mortality. Like you said we all know what we sign up for when we get a new dog. How it’s going to end.
If you are a dog lover you really need to hear Cairo’s story. Every American should
No Ordinary Dog
I wasn’t sure about choosing this book but I love reading real stories about dogs. This was outstanding and having Will read it himself made it even more personal. I like watching Seal Team and hearing all that Will and also Cairo went through just gave me a better appreciation for the work, training, and sacrifice these soldiers make for US. I became fascinated and involved in both Will and Cairo’s struggles and joy together. My father was in the Navy all my life and the pride I had for him and now Will and Cairo still stands. Great book!!
Thank you to Will and Cairo for all they have done for our Country!