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Dogs In Action

Dogs In Action
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Maria Alomajan

Dogs In Action

Working dogs and their stories

Maria Alomajan

Humans are indebted to dogs. We get them to do all the jobs we can’t do; we expect them to save our lives, uphold the law, find our missing, comfort our sick and elderly, be our eyes and ears, watch over our families, move our stock, entertain us and keep us warm – all for a bowl of food, the tug of a toy and a pat at the end of the day.

Dogs should be revered and recognised for achieving great feats to improve human life, and this book unashamedly does just that. It tells the stories of a number of dogs, from their initial selection for work, to their training, their work experiences and their relationships with their handlers and masters. A long-time dog-owner and journalist, Maria Alomajan fleshes out each story with colourful and heartwarming anecdotes based on her interviews with the owners of these selfless animals, together with a host of charming photographs.

Among the animals profiled in the book are dogs working for the police and customs; farm dogs; therapy and guide dogs; search and detection dogs (including cancer, cadaver, truffle, avalanche, LandSAR and USAR dogs); acting, model and show dogs; sled dogs and mascots.


Specifications: 234 x 151 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | Paperback | 160 pages, 4c x 4c

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About the author:

Maria Alomajan is a freelance journalist based in Auckland. She has won awards for her travel writing, notably about elephants in Thailand, and is passionate about animal welfare.





Your Life Choices, August 2016

"Dogs in Action tells the stories of courageous canines who do amazing things in the service of humans, often saving lives, healing souls and helping people live independently ..." 

Pets Magazine - February/March 2014

pets magazine reviews dogs in action

A Dog's Life - January 2014

A dogs life reviews dogs in action january 2014

ABC Brisbane - Evenings with Rebecca Livingston

The Senior - December 2013 Issue

the senior reviews dogs in action

The Newcastle Star - December 2013


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