Book Review: Service Tails

30 Aug

51Xq6jSY-cL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.

In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance – stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.


ACollins-382Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.

Find out more about Ace at


My Impressions:

Dogs have long been given the distinction as Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend. Nowhere is that better seen than in the relationship between a person and his service dog. Ace Collins has written an eye-opening and inspiring book featuring the selfless dogs that have as their main focus service. Service Tails shares twelve true stories of dogs who have opened doors and restored hope to their owners. The men and women depicted in the stories have a variety of challenges — blindness, deafness, mobility issues — yet all benefitted from the marriage between man and dog. In fact that is one of the major themes running throughout Service Tails. Man and dog become one to break down barriers, relieve loneliness, regain full life and fulfill long held dreams. The first story features Buddy, the first service dog in the United States and the catalyst for the movement here in America. The last story is particularly poignant as it features Salty, a dog whose long service was heartbreakingly ended. But these stories all have great endings in which fierce human determination and canine loyalty and intelligence unite.

My husband is a veterinarian and has seen first hand how the human-dog bond can restore hope. He has several clients with service dogs who have dedicated their lives to their human friends. If you love dogs, dog stories, or just a triumph of spirit, then Service Tails is for you.


Audience: teens to adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and Abingdon for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Celebrate the release of Service Tails with Ace by entering to win the Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack!
One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of Service Tails
A copy of Man’s Best Hero
A dog blanket
A dog leash
A dog-cape towel
A dog bandana
A dog toy
Dog treats


Enter today by clicking HERE, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 30. The winner will be announced August 31 on the Litfuse blog.

4 Responses to “Book Review: Service Tails”

  1. Barbara H. August 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    This must be dog week – I’ve seen a number of dog books reviewed this week! This sounds like a good one.


    • rbclibrary August 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

      It was very good and enlightening too!


  2. thepowerofwords2016 August 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    Beckie, I felt sure you would enjoy Service Tails. In fact, I kept thinking about you as I read it. I think this book has the potential to do a lot of good.


    • rbclibrary August 31, 2016 at 7:09 am #

      This was an eye-opener for me. Brian has an employee who uses a service dog too. Her dog makes a difference — making work and school possible.


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