Paws on the Ground: A Military Program Inspires a Novel
Rin Tin Tin meets the Hurt Locker. Paws on the Ground is a novel about US soldiers and the dogs who protect them.
Caleb, Megan and Ramon are young Americans who are fighting for the US in the treacherous and alien terrain of Afghanistan — and Brady, Sammy, and Chica are the dogs who stand between them and death or terrible injury.
This is a novel about the true and ancient bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty as they are tested in the world of modern warfare.
What is “Paws on the Ground?” It’s what the United States Forces – Afghanistan Provost Marshal Office began calling the military working dogs program in Afghanistan when asked…..which was pretty much daily. It was a joke at first but caught on quickly, so they rolled with it.
Paws on the Ground is a play on the term Boots on the Ground (BOG). The BOG references the amount of US Soldiers on the ground. In 2010, Managing the BOG to ensure U.S. Forces didn’t exceed the Presidentially mandated 98,000 force cap was a constant source of headaches for Headquarters United States Force – Afghanistan.
There was no such problem with the dogs……….they couldn’t get enough Paws on the Ground!
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