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This book is a must-read for animal lovers, owners of rescue dogs, and anyone considering adopting a rescue dog.
"Peter Zheutlin has written a lovely, moving, important book about a subject that is both heartbreaking and joyful." - Dean Koontz
How far would you go to save a life? This is the extraordinary story of one man who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect and give them a second chance at life and love.
For years, Greg Mahle struggled to keep the last of his family-run restaurants afloat in Ohio. When it finally closed, he was broke and unsure what to do next. Then a stranded van-load of puppies changed his life forever.
Join journalist Peter Zheutlin as he travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs from the deep South to loving "forever families" up north looking to adopt a pet, with the help of many selfless volunteers along the way. From Houston's impoverished Fifth Ward--where thousands of strays roam the streets--and high-kill animal shelters in Louisiana, to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pups in the Northeast, Rescue Road is full of heart: an inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans, and how going the extra mile can make a life-changing difference for these loyal canines-and for us all.
A heartwarming, awe-inspiring story of how one man can impact so many lives, human and puppy alike. Fans of Marley and Me, Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love, and You Had Me At Woof will be inspired and touched by this story.
What readers are saying about Rescue Road:
"I stand in awe of those who can do this kind of rescue work, for their persistence, compassion and willingness to get dirty in the service of animals."
"a heartwarming & eye opening journey into the world of dog rescue."
"I highly recommend this book if you are looking to restore your faith in humanity."
"a heart-warming story that reaffirms there are many compassionate people who work tirelessly to save dogs."
What reviewers are saying about Rescue Road:
"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero." - Kirkus
"a canine caravan with heart and soul..." - Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)
"Heartwarming doesn't suffice to describe it... restores faith in humanity." - Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
"A tender, inspiring homage..." - Matthew Gilbert, author of Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park
"Inspiring and riveting new book...a must-read..." - The Bark
We adopted our dog in October of 2011, it changed our lives. I could not understand how there are so many dogs, and this guy drives this truck every two weeks, all year long? We are now very involved in rescue and this is my thoughts based on personal experiences on Rescue Road:
Very well written. The author uses accurate and thoughtful descriptions of the places and people, the "un-sung" heroes of dog rescue in the Southern States and the counterparts in the Northeast. I am amazed at the authors ability to take a complex issue and effectively touch on topics including why there is an over population of dogs in the South and what different rescues are doing to try to change that including education. I like that he covered 5 different rescues across two states and how they are different but all making a contribution. I hope there will be a future book where he can go a little more in depth on some of his footnotes. ( Like the misconception that rescues are "making money" on adoptions). If you read this book you will never "shop" for a dog I can promise you that! I would also recommend anyone who has adopted a dog to buy the book you will have an appreciation for the hard work, dedication and love that went into saving your dog and transporting him to his forever home.