A great Aussie yarn packed with inspiring stories of shelter dogs that have been given new life and purpose - and turned around the lives of others.
Steve Austin isn't your average dog trainer. In this feel-good, yarn-laden memoir he shares amazing stories from a career of rescuing and training shelter dogs to become a crack force of K9s, culminating in his work for the Young Diggers program, which pairs specially trained dogs with returned Diggers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and more, with astonishing results.
A down-to-earth Aussie larrikin of a bloke with a gift for telling a great yarn, Steve Austin trains extraordinary, elite dogs for vital missions internationally in the fields of drug enforcement, environmental protection and much more. From drug detection to penguins, cane toads and even truffles, and from the icy conditions of Macquarie Island to the LAPD, if you need something detected, Steve's got a dog for that. And a yarn to tell!
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Man's Best Friend.....AND Dog's Bestest Friend
I just loved the whole story of how Steve rose through the ranks of knowing nothing about dogs and behavior to now being world renowned for his work with dogs. I was right there with him and his dogs the whole time, and David's always amazing voice made it easy to conjure up the images that made the story even more personal to me.
I have many books about working dogs, and this book is equal to them all in quality of writing, narration, and plot.
I did more laughing and cheering than getting emotional. The times when his dogs would each pass away were of course sad and moving. I lost my own dog suddenly a couple years ago, so whenever I read or hear of a dog passing away for any reason, it makes me sad.
Knowing that David Tredinnick was narrating made it a quick sell to me. I have listened to some other books narrated by him (Horrie, for instance) and already know he would make it a great listen. I do some work with service and therapy dogs, and had my own until he passed away, so I'm very familiar with working dogs and those who love and train them. I am grateful to know that Steve has so much love for his dogs and all animals in general, that he has devoted his life to training them and keeping them healthy and working for good causes.