October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, and we're so pleased to introduce
Peter Zheutlin's new book,
Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us
About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the
about the pleasures of giving lost and abandoned dogs a forever
home and what they teach us about life.
Read on to hear from the author, learn about the book, get a recipe (for
you and your dog!) and e
nter to win a copy.
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and
Finding Joy in the Little Things
Nonfiction / Paperback
Even though I grew up with a dog, as an adult I rebuffed every effort by my family to get a dog. I didn't want shed fur all over the house, a dog leaving a trail of mud on the carpets -- or to walk a dog at 6 a.m. on frigid winter mornings.
Five years ago we adopted a two-year old yellow Lab mix, a stray from central Louisiana from a high kill shelter where 90% of the dogs that come in never leave alive. Albie does shed. He bounds into the house with muddy paws, and I walk him on icy sidewalks. And I love him to death. He's kind of goofy and needy, but he has soul. I also love Salina, our second rescue dog even though she can be a prima donna at times. And I love Jamba, our third rescue, a free spirit who loves catching autumn leaves
as they fall from the trees.
It can be a lot of work. But these dogs, who live in the moment, who are blissfully happy playing with a stick or a ball, and who greet me whenever I walk in the door as though I had just liberated Europe, give me perspective and comfort and joy. And knowing that each had to beat long odds to survive and to find a "forever" home with us makes the experience all the more poignant.
Rescued is about my experience, and those of many others, living with second chance dogs.
Discover the astonishing lessons rescue dogs can teach us about life, love, and ourselves.
In the follow-up to his
New York Times
acclaimed journalist Peter Zheutlin offers a heartwarming and often humorous new look into the world of rescue dogs. Sharing lessons from his own experiences adopting Labs with large personalities as well as stories and advice from dozens of families and rescue advocates, Zheutlin reveals the surprising and inspiring life lessons rescue dogs can teach us, such as:
*How to "walk a mile in a dog's paws" to get a brand-new perspective
*Living with a dog is not one continuous Hallmark moment -- but it's never dull!
*How having a dog helps you see your faults and quirks in a new light, even if you can't "shed" them completely
*How to set the world right, one dog at a time
For anyone who loves, lives with, or has ever wanted a dog, this charming book shows how the dogs whose lives we save can change ours for the better too.
"Rescue a dog, and the dog will rescue you. I can vouch for that, and Peter Zheutlin does a lovely, moving job of exploring the subject. Rescued is a delightful read."
-Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author
"Rescued is a wide-ranging and intensely moving meditation on sharing one's life with adopted dogs. Peter Zheutlin is one of the few journalists who has taken on the complex world of animal rescue and actually gotten it right."
-Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon
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Invite the Author to Your Book Club: Peter Zheutlin is
available to join your book club by phone or Skype, or in person if you live in the Boston area. Contact him by email.