Buddy the War Dog Buddy, a black Labrador, is about to be put to death at the start of World War II - in line with government instructions to pet owners to destroy their animals to save on food and air-raid shelter space. Fortunately, in a touch-and-go situation, Buddy escapes.
Initially, Buddy's seven-times great grandson, Bod, another black Labrador who lives in Cornwall, explains to Archie his young master how Buddy's story appeared in the War Dogs' Journal.
Written in the first 'doggie person' the book focusses on the heroic tales of Buddy during the the London Blitz and when he is parachuted behind enemy lines into France.
Huge challenges follow as suddenly his comfortable pet status ends and is replaced by the harsh realities of a soldier dog's life serving King and country.
When Hitler arrives in Paris in 1940 the capital is in turmoil with Jews being rounded up and herded onto Holocaust trains. Buddy faces an impossible mission - to track down his handler's Jewish daughter who they think is on one of the trains heading to a Nazi concentration camp.
The book highlights through real situations how Labradors - and other dogs - helped to save thousands of lives in World War II using their innate powerful senses of smell and hearing.