In this powerful account of the bond between a police dog and his handler, Dave Wedge deftly portrays how well this team supports each other, both on the field and off. The emotion is particularly raw when they lean on each other to recover from the things that they experience. By the end, that emotion has flooded over.

Kitt wasn’t merely Cushing’s partner: They were best friends—family, even—together 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Deeply connected, they’d saved each other’s lives during confrontations with armed criminals and were trained to do it again, if necessary.