A Rare Breed

The death of Osama bin Laden is one of those events where we all remember where we were when we heard about it. But unfortunately, although we learned US Navy SEALs conducted the raid, we only knew the name of one of the operators that night; Cairo, the Belgian Malinois.

Of course, Cairo wasn’t there all by himself; he had a bit of help from his human friend Will Chesney.

Will and Cairo. Photo courtesy of the United States Navy

A couple of years ago, Navy SEAL Will (Cheese) Chesney wrote a book about his best friend, Cairo. “No Ordinary Dog” ( co-written with Joe Layden) first came on the market in April 2020. It garnered almost universal praise, 4.9 out of five stars on Amazon and another 4.9 out of five on Audible.com. People love a good dog story and a good war story, and “No Ordinary Dog” is both.

Chesney’s book is a tribute to his four-footed friend, who sadly had to be put down in April 2015 because of inoperable cancer. He still keeps the bloodstained harness Cairo wore on the bin Laden raid. His ashes are kept in a place of honor.