A beautiful photo book showcasing more than 50 heroic dogs "in uniform" and their stories, from photographer Liz Stavrinides and author John Schlimm.
Extraordinary Dogs portrays more than fifty working dogs, along with the police officers, firefighters, veterans, and other trained volunteer handlers who serve side-by-side with them. Their moving stories and beautiful photographs are an unprecedented glimpse at Comfort Dogs and Search and Rescue Dogs, along with bomb-detecting TSA dogs and canine ambassadors from across the United States.
* The stories of the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs take readers behind the scenes of their headlining deployments—such as the Boston Marathon bombing, Superstorm Sandy, and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
* Search and Rescue K-9 teams reveal what it’s really like to travel into the eye of natural disasters, accidents, crime scenes, and the worst terrorist strike in recorded history.
* At Washington Dulles International Airport, readers meet several of the Department of Homeland Security’s TSA dogs whose sole job it is to keep the flying public safe from explosives and other dangers.
Extraordinary Dogs is both a portrait of what love, hope, courage, and heroism look like in their purest forms and a tribute to the eternal and impactful bonds we forge with our furry friends.
This rewarding follow-up to photographer Stavrinides's Miracle Dogs, with text by Schlimm (Moonshine), profiles over 50 dogs responsible for heroic feats. People they have helped, as detailed here, include veterans recuperating from battlefield injuries, homeless shelter residents, first responders, and even children terrified of trips to the dentist's office. Stavrinides and Schlimm introduce readers to remarkable animals such as Rocket, a Belgian Malinois/border collie mix, rescued one day before he was scheduled to be euthanized, who proved expert at searching for disaster victims, and Bo, a Korean Jindo mix rescued from being slaughtered for meat and thereafter made by his owners into a "furry, four-legged activist" against dog abuse. The book is sprinkled with sometimes bittersweet anecdotes, such as a visit by a group of comfort golden retrievers to the Sandy Hook Elementary school that coincided with a fortuitous and large shipment of stress balls. This inspiring work commendably documents how rescue and comfort dogs (and their handlers) help humans deal with trauma.