Author Maria Goodavage helps tell the story of military dogs, their handlers and the bonds between them in her book “Soldier Dogs.” Here, Goodavage discusses the story behind the photos.
Lex L479 is the kind of dog I’d want at my side in a war situation. This Belgian Malinois is as smart as they come, loving, protective, experienced and super loyal. Every night on a long mission last year in Afghanistan, he would sneak out of the tarp-covered foxhole he shared with his handler, Marine Sgt. Mark Vierig, and stand guard over him through the night -- often in torrential rains. Marine Sgt. Mark Vierig Buy Photo