When Dave Heyhoe was sent to Afghanistan to help detect the Taliban's murderous roadside bombs, he knew he'd need a special dog by his side. Luckily for him, his closest pal, Treo, a staggeringly brave ball of energy and mischief was with him every step of the way. The two friends had a miraculous understanding that helped them save countless lives but, as they embarked on a roller-coaster emotional ride, Dave realized he needed Treo more than he could ever have imagined.
Tear-jerkingly sad one moment, laugh-out-loud hilarious the next, It's All About Treo is a moving and uplifting story that will melt the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.
©2012 Dave Heyhoe and Damien Lewis (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc / WF Howes
"There probably is no other military dog that has saved more lives than Treo. He is truly quite remarkable" (Mike Dowling, author of Sergeant Rex)
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"All About Treo :-)"
This is a moving, true story and one I plan to listen to again I can tell. Treo and his handler let us into what is was like for them serving searching for explosives,to protect their fellow soldiers. They are heros x
"Outstanding bond between a soldier and his war dog"
A truly amazing listen fixating all the way through
Soldier Dave Heyho for his total devotion passed down to Treo which kept them alive.
Most convincingly read with all the realistic characteristics of the whole situation.
I.E.D 'I Earth Devices'
Outstanding listen enthralled all the war through. The realistic descriptions, feelings and emotions create a remarkable story line.
"Explosive, edge of your seat reading."
My wife and I listened to this audio book on a long journey and it was something we both really enjoyed. I'm Ex-Forces and I understand the work that military dog handlers and their dogs do. For my wife it was a total eye opener and often she was moved to tears. This book is gritty, realistic and pulls no punches.
'Horrie The War Dog' by Roland Perry. Because like Treo, Horrie saved countless lives and was beloved by the Soldiers that he worked alongside.
I enjoyed the whole book, different chapters for different reasons. From the deployment to Afghanistan to an uncertain new life in Civvy Street.
Yes very much so, both the wife and I were moved to tears and lumps in our throats one minute and then the next we were laughing our heads off!
I tried too but my eyes kept closing
when trio got his medal
"A must for any dog lover."
Touching, Amazing, Compelling.
The mutual affection between Dave & Treo that is shown many times throughout the book.
Treo !! In the story, Dave tells you what he thinks the dog is saying which is performed really well by Malcolm Hamilton.
There was quite a few moments but two in particular. When Dave is asked to do the unthinkable for any dog lover and the moments after a particular explosion (don't want to say too much in case I spoil it for a new reader !!)
The audio is very easy to listen to and the story so interesting that I could not stop listening to it.
"I've a new heroes equalling my favourites"
I've already recommended this to friends and family and over the last few days on Facebook it has been the focus of my status updates too.
I must say that the voice of Malcolm Hamilton really sets the scenes the part was made for him to read. He builds up the feeling and sets the mood brilliantly. I've already read the book and this was a better experience listening to it. There were parts which really stood out with the way it was explained to the listener.
I'll still read the book in months and years to come. I'll also listen to it periodically too as I've just added it to my cars audio USB stick.
When his friends Geordie Ken and Sasha are killed by an IED. You can feel the tone of the book change. At the back of their minds Dave and Treo must have been constantly thinking about "when is it my time".
You get a sense of that from the book but to have lived that every day all day without any break at all must have left them so tired and anxious.
A cat gets 9 lives but Dave and Treo were up in the face of any luck that they might of had each and every day. I think they were definitely being looked after by a guardian angel or their lucky Irish Shamrock played a part in their luck at least.
There were 2 really. It was the chicken shredder and rubber duck chapters which show that at the end of the day Treo is still a dog first and mans best friend second
..Always out front and in constant danger. He was our Protector, a Therapist, a comedian who made us laugh. But most of all no matter what the situation he was my friend and always there.
I'm an ex-serviceman I've worked with AES dogs and handlers in before. I've travelled the world and if ever I saw a black lab it always reminded me of my own boy at home. I was never homesick when I received letters nor missed my family as much. But my black furry faced, hazel eyed pooch was who I really missed when I was away. Sad I know.
I felt for Dave Heyhoe and Treo with them being such close friends as you would ever wish for yourself put under such stressful situations constantly. Ask yourself that question. How would I have coped?
As for me I'm no soft touch but after reading the book then listening on Audible they are now in my top heroes along with the likes of Ernest Shackleton and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Since finishing the book today I've searched for their information online and became a mini stalker looking for information about them, weirdo I know haha. I've even asked to be a friend on Facebook as it has really raised my appreciation and awareness of just how hazardous a job they actually did.
But the most heart warming thing is finding out that they were allowed to leave the forces together and settle into a well deserved life together putting their feet up.
"A dog and his soldier in Afghanistan."
This charming story relates much of the day by day experiences of a soldier who took a demotion in order to become a dog handler. While the fear and misery of serving on the front line in Afghanistan is described in detail, it is mitigated by the obvious adoration this soldier has for his dog which is trained to sniff out explosives and therefore is in imminent danger every minute they are on patrol. It showed me a place and experience which were new to me with an unexpectedly happy ending. The narrator was excellent, with Irish and Geordie accents well done. Don't be put off by the masculine atmosphere of the army - this is a book for men and women. It is a pleasant, informative read.
"an excellent listen"
An excellent book and very well narrated. I knew from the first few lines that this was going to be a special read and found myself thinking about the events even after the book ended, so much so I had to look up Dave Heyhoe for myself and learn more about him. As for Treo, I would just love to give him the biggest cuddle.
Narrator did a fantastic job of putting you there with dog & handler
Survival against all odds
No but will now
The death of a comrade the loss you feel every word the pain and understanding between the close team, an breakable bond
Fell in love with Dave & treo what an inspiring true story of courage and companion ship
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