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No Ordinary Dog

My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid
Written by: Will Chesney, Joe Layden
Narrated by: Will Chesney
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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No Ordinary Dog is the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life.

This program is read by the author.

Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo's story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a SEAL Team Operator whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo's.

Starting in 2008, when Will was introduced to the DEVGRU canine program, he and Cairo worked side by side, depending on each other for survival on hundreds of critical operations in the war on terrorism. But their bond transcended their service. Then, in 2011, the call came: Pick up your dog and get back to Virginia. Now.

What followed were several weeks of training for a secret mission. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary operation. Cairo was among the first members of the US military on the ground in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the successful elimination of bin Laden.

As Cairo settled into a role as a reliable "spare dog", Will went back to his job as a DEVGRU operator, until a grenade blast in 2013 left him with a brain injury and PTSD. Unable to participate in further missions, he suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain, memory issues, and depression. Modern medicine provided only modest relief. Instead, it was up to Cairo to save Will's life once more - and then up to Will to be there when Cairo needed him the most.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2019 Will Chesney (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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A sincere, serious and smile inducing tribute to Cairo - a great MWD.

Warning - review contains a spoiler. Loved that the audiobook was narrated by the author. He has a beautiful reading voice and sounds a bit like Kevin Costner. I also loved learning about his gruelling Seal training, learning about MWDs (military war dogs) and how people should never forget that they are attack dogs. No Ordinary Dog has a great mixture of sincerity, seriousness and humour. If not for the profanity I would have suggested it for teens to read. The language however is offensive at times, but always in a credible way given the setting. I believe there is a children’s version of this book which might edit out the profanity. I loved learning about Cairo and the role he played as a Seal team member. The last chapter had me bawling though so if you have ever lost a dog to cancer you might want to avoid the last chapter! It’s a heartbreaker. I don’t know how Will read it without breaking down. A wonderful tribute to his fur friend.

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THANK YOU BOTH

This was an amazing story and I’m so happy you could share it. Keep his vest, it’s yours. He saved YOU. Its for you to hold when you are feeling dark. Thank you

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amazing

What an awesome book! Thank you for sharing both yours and Cairo's stories with us!!

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A bond that transcends physical being

A fantastic tribute to an amazing dog. As a dog person myself it brought many tears to my eyes during the book. This was a very heart felt recollection by Will and I'm grateful he shared it with us, here is to all the WMDs serving bravely with their human counterparts.

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Must read

I’m jealous of anyone who hasn’t read this book and is about to. It’s an unreal story in so many ways. Will and Cairo are the shit!!

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Both heavy and uplifting

I enjoyed this book a lot. the only drag for me was the beginning. maybe I've heard to many SEAL books. lol. overall very good. and from the heart.

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Great delivery to tearing end.

Will your book has been tge best I've heard. I know your pain wjen you loose your best friend.

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  • Sheri B.
  • 2020-04-24

A Beautiful Tribute for an Extraordinary Dog

I am a dog person and I value the sacrifice of our military men and women. This true story of the relationship between a man and his dog in military service and beyond is heroic, heartwarming and poignantly told. Amazing. I wish I could have met Cairo.

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  • 2020-05-06

Cairo

This is an amazing novel! I am an animal lover and could feel his pain, thanks to both you Will and Cairo for your service. Thank you for telling your story and Cairo’s. He definitely was no ordinary dog!💕

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  • Krista
  • 2020-05-03

No matter your job history, an incredible tale of an outstanding MWD

I loved that Will narrated this for audible. I don’t know you, didn’t know Cairo, but have the honor of working a PSD and you tell his story beautifully, so much so that it hits the heart. An outstanding tribute to a phenomenal dog from his dad.

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  • Patricia K. Short
  • 2020-05-11

A MUST LISTEN/READ

THIS BOOK BROUGHT ME TO TEARS AND I DO NOT CRY. I AM AN ER NURSE SO I WORK, I SEE BAD STUFF, AND I MOVE ON. THE PTSD INFORMATION AT THE END OF THE BOOK WAS A GREAT WAY TO END THE BOOK. I AM A HUGE DOG LOVER HAVING TWO LITTLE AND TWO BIG AT HOME. TWO ARE RESCUES. TO ME THERE IS NO BAD DOG, JUST IMPATIENT DOG PARENTS. THANK YOU WILL FOR HONORING CAIRO AND ALL OUR MILITARY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND KEEPING OUR COUNTRY SAFE. GOD BLESS YOU.

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  • Benjamin Rodriguez
  • 2020-04-30

no ordinary dog

excellent listening .wow that was great .god bless you and all in the armed forces. it will be a great movie if that time comes

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  • Anthony Sottung
  • 2020-04-29

Amazing. Heartfelt. Heroes.

The story of the making of two heroes. Thank you both for your service. Heroes.

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  • Kevin
  • 2020-05-07

What a great story and amazing dog!

I really enjoyed the story of Cairo and his handler Will. I laughed, I cried, I felt like I knew them. The story is warm, intense at times and oozing with love and honor for Cairo. Highly recommend!

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  • Sharon
  • 2020-05-04

Given to me by my Son for Mother's Day

I can't say enough about this book. From the narration to the story, it keeps your attention and your emotions enthralled from beginning to end. I am a blind woman with my third Seeing Eye Guide Dog...I am no stranger to the amazing loyalty, work, and the pain of loss of your heart companion. My sons have both served with honor in the Navy. You can imagine my anticipation when my son, Jack, gave me this book, and he insisted he needed to give it to me early for Mother‘s Day. This book was written from the heart, soul and mind of someone who loved his dog, respected his dog's purpose, and who remains throughout torn between the two worlds of being "Dad" for Cairo and the Navy SEAL handler of a ferocious military weapon. This is a tremendous reading experience...truthful, painful, joyful and just "real" I think Will telling the story of his dedication and determination to become a Navy SEAL makes the story even more poignant. Thanks Will for your sharing of this personal and revealing piece of your life. From a proud Navy mom, I want to not only thank you for your service, but also for the service of your gone but never forgotten canine partner, Cairo!

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  • alexander figura
  • 2020-05-03

One of the best books I’ve ever listened too!

Tells a great story of a superior dog and navy seal! I am huge dog lover and own a 2 dogs myself one is a working dog! Really hits home. Will listen to again and couldn’t recommend it enough

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  • Jean
  • 2020-05-28

Excellent

This is a memoir of Will Chesney and Cairo. Chesney tells about joining the Navy right out of high school. He goes into depth about his SEALs’ training and deployments. The author provides a brief history of the dogs in the SEALs. I had no idea the training for the dogs to be in the SEALs is as difficult as it is for the men and also had a high wash-out rate. The book is well written and was difficult to put down. The story is mostly about the relationship between Chesney and Cairo. There is very little violence and no foul language. I found the book quite interesting. If you are interested in military dogs read this book. The book is nine hours and forty-four minutes. Will Chesney does a good job narrating his own book.

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