Goodavage-author-photoNew York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage is a former reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes (2012 Dutton/Penguin) brought military dogs into the spotlight internationally.

The author chilling out with Marine hero dog Lucca K458, the star of her book Top Dog.
The author chilling out with Marine hero dog Lucca K458, the star of her book Top Dog.

She has given talks on military dogs at dozens of venues, including the New York Stock Exchange, and has spoken about military dogs on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Her Facebook page on military dogs has more than 150,000 fans.

Goodavage has had a longstanding passion for the dogs of war, which started when her father – also a book author – would tell her about the stray pups (and wayward monkey) he took in while overseas in World War II and the military dogs who helped save lives – and sometime soldiers’ sanity.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and dog, Jake, an affable yellow lab.