Secret Service Dogs Bonus Photos

Here are a few photos you won't find in the book!

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Hurricane at his workplace
Hurricane at his workplace

Emergency Response Team canine Hurricane works with his handler, Marshall, to keep the White House and its inhabitants safe.

Luke and Nitro at the K-9 Olympics
Luke and Nitro at the K-9 Olympics

The Emergency Response Team dog and handler took home first place in the 2015 event.

Off duty in Paris
Off duty in Paris

Eight dog teams flew to Paris for a presidential mission, leaving exactly two weeks after the November 2015 terrorist attacks.

The look is pure Roadee
The look is pure Roadee

This is the look handler Josh B. gets for 10 or more minutes at a time when he's trying to relax at home.

Retired Reik eyes Leth O's dinner.
Retired Reik eyes Leth O's dinner.

Secret Service dogs are on fairly stringent eating plans during their working years, but come retirement, the rules all change.

Stew and his former canine partner
Stew and his former canine partner

You don't want to mess with guys like these. You just don't.

Dyson looks very cool in his Doggles
Dyson looks very cool in his Doggles

This "Friendly Dog," who works around the public at the White House, wears his eye pro in style.

Stew's former partner, Nero
Stew's former partner, Nero

Nero once had a little adventure on a plane. The story unfolds in the pages of Secret Service Dogs.

Noisy shortly before he passed away
Noisy shortly before he passed away

Noisy in a quiet moment at home two weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, and not long before he passed away.

Soulful eyed Dyson gets an ear rub in the van during a break
Soulful eyed Dyson gets an ear rub in the van during a break

Dyson went through a very rough time not long ago. He came out the other side, and is more deeply bonded with his handler, Nate C., than ever.

Hurricane's affection is legendary
Hurricane's affection is legendary

The ERT canine can be completely badass at work if need be, but is all about love and affection the rest of the time. Handler Marshall M. is head over heels about his hero dog. Hurricane doesn't seem to mind the muzzle he has to wear most places per USSS protocol.

Retired Reik on his luxurious chaise
Retired Reik on his luxurious chaise

Ahh, chaaaise! And not just a chaise, but one piled with dog beds. The retired explosives detection dog has beds all over his house. It's a good life.

Noisy in Colombia
Noisy in Colombia

Noisy poses for his handler, Erica F., at a flower factory in Colombia.

Yuri the black-nosed Malinois
Yuri the black-nosed Malinois

Yuri may travel the world sniffing out bombs to keep the president safe, but he also seems to enjoy dressing up for his human siblings.

A little tug fun after work
A little tug fun after work

Larry C. and his ERT dog Maximus having fun after a shift at the White House. "He's like my son," says Larry, who, like so many USSS handlers, dotes on his dog.

Roadee on the job at the White House
Roadee on the job at the White House

One of the most common question handler Josh B. fields from tourists: "What kind of dog is THAT?!"

Rex on pope duty
Rex on pope duty

Rex worked all night to help secure various buildings along the papal parade route with handler Jon M.

Astra flies into vacation
Astra flies into vacation

The dogs of the Secret Service work very hard, regardless of the weather or the hour, and enjoy vacation as much as their handlers do. Kim K.'s explosives detection dog cuts loose at a lake

Jim S. and Spike at the K9 Olympics
Jim S. and Spike at the K9 Olympics

The ERT pair took home first place in the 2015 patrol competition of the K-9 Olympics.

Pres. Reagan meets with handlers
Pres. Reagan meets with handlers

Shortly before the end of his presidency, Pres. Ronald Reagan met and took photos with the dog handlers who protected him and Nancy at their California ranch. There's an entertaining anecdote about one of these dogs and Reagan in my book.

What to do?
What to do?

When selecting dogs for the canine program, Secret Service trainers run them through many tests, including how much they covet a ball reward.

Dapper, classy Daro
Dapper, classy Daro

This Secret Service explosives detection dog earned the nickname James Bond because he was such a gentleman.

The author's puppy, Gus
The author's puppy, Gus

Gus is my wonderful puppy -- a Kory Wiens and Cooper memorial puppy. I'll tell his story another time, but suffice it to say he lives life to the fullest.

First Dog Sunny and the author
First Dog Sunny and the author

Sunny is one of the softest, most clean dogs I've ever met. Gus needs him as a mentor.