Susan was convinced that only happened to other people, until Tasha and a life in the mountains taught her otherwise. They won’t get paid even a bag of kibble for their efforts, yet they launch dozens of missions to rescue the missing or recover the remains of victims of nature and crime. Training with tasha in the field to find, recover, and rescue the lost became Susan’s passion.
Susan eventually learns to truly communicate with Tasha by seeing the world through her dog’s nose. As the first female team in a male-dominated search-and-rescue community, they face resistance at every turn. Susan and tasha jockey for alpha position as they pursue certification in avalanche, water, and wilderness recovery.
People can get lost in a relationship, a business, or a life. Lostness” doesn’t only apply to losing the trail. But it was also her circumstance—she was in many ways as lost as anyone she ever pulled out of an avalanche or found huddled in the woods. When she learns about avalanches that bury people without warning, she challenges herself: “What if I teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels her to train the best possible search dog, vowing to never leave anyone behind.
With no clue how to care for a houseplant, she chooses a five-week-old Labrador retriever, let alone a dog, Tasha. With the face of a baby bear and the temperament of an NFL linebacker, Tasha constantly tests Susan’s determination to transform her into a rescue dog.
Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles
Trout could deliver and is destined to become a favorite for animal lovers. Nick trout comes another touching and heartfelt story from the front lines of veterinary medicine—the story of two dogs who forever changed the way he thought about life, death, fate and love. Helen is an older cocker spaniel found neglected and abandoned in a restaurant parking lot one rainy night.
Despite her mangy condition and terrible smell, Ben and Eileen fall in love with the pitiful creature and decide to take her in. But just as helen is rescued from a sad life on the streets and enveloped in a loving home with all the creature comforts an old dog could ask for, a tumor is discovered and she's given a devastating prognosis.
All ben and eileen want is for helen to beat the odds and survive for one more summer so that she can have one chance to swim in the ocean on the family's annual trip to Prince Edward Island. In short, they want a miracle. Meanwhile, fourteen-month-old miniature pinscher Cleo keeps breaking one leg after another which devastates her poor owner, Sandi.
While cleo is visiting sandi's daughter, Sonja, in Bermuda, she succumbs to yet another fracture. Distraught that the injury happened on her watch, Sonja makes a plan to fly Cleo to Boston to get the specialist care she needs before Sandi even finds out. Enter Dr. Trout who presides over what should be a fairly routine surgery.
Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Africa
Born wild is the memoir of Fitzjohn’s extraordinary life. Tony fitzjohn, part madman, part missionary, has been called “one of the world’s most endangered creatures. An internationally renowned field expert on african wildlife, he is best known for the eighteen years he spent helping Born Free’s George Adamson return more than forty leopards and lions—including the celebrated Christian—to the wild in central Kenya.
Many times tony fitzjohn has put his life on the line for the cause in which he believes. A notorious hell-raiser given to scrapes with bandits, who has been shot at by poachers and chewed up by lions, evil policemen, and wicked politicians, Fitzjohn is also a wonderful raconteur. It shows how a man driven by an impossibly restless spirit can do almost anything, from being a bouncer in a brothel, to surviving a vicious lion attack, to fighting with the Tanzanian government, to being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen.
Shenanigans aside, he belongs to that rare species of humans who have sought refuge and meaning in a life truly dedicated to the restoration of the animal kingdom. Born wild is the story of that passion.
Someone To Look Up To: a dog's search for love and understanding
One day, his human will come. From puppyhood, sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness. How this led to their divorce he has no idea. Top pick award from Litpick Student Reviews. By ippy and global Ebook Award Winning author. Jean gill has captured the innermost thoughts of this magnificent animal.
Les ingham, pyr international A dog's life in the south of France. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother's voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived.
. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith.
Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights
This memoir by a refugee from sudan tells of the wonder—and disappointment—that he faced as he began to experience life in the strange place called America. Nineteen-year-old refugee alephonsion Deng, from war-ravaged Sudan, had great expectations when he arrived in America three weeks before two airlines crashed into the World Trade Towers.
Education was free. Suburban mom Judy Bernstein had her own assumptions. This timely and inspiring personal account will make readers laugh, cry, and examine their own place in the world. Will he ever escape violence and hatred?Judy faces her own struggles: Alepho and his fellow refugees need jobs, housing, education, and healthcare.
Machines did all the work. He lands a job, but later is viciously beaten. Personal stories such as Alepho’s add a face to the news and lead to greater understanding of the strangers among us. Money, he’d been told, was given to you in pillows. Why does she feel so compelled and how much support should she provide?The migrant crises in the Middle East, Central America, Europe, and Africa, have put refugees in the headlines.
Their contrasting points of view provide of-the-moment insight into what refugees face when torn from their own cultures and thrust into entirely foreign ones. Alepho struggles to understand the fast-paced, supersized way of life in America. Readers experience alepho’s discomfort, fears, and triumphs in a way that a newscast can’t convey.
To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission
Some of these special dogs are disabled, blind, missing limbs, deaf, but they don’t seem to know it. These spunky, bringing the therapy of love to people in need, happy animals have repaid the kindness of their rescuers in spades, sometimes even saving lives. Each dog and one cat profiled has had a rough past, suffering abuse or extreme neglect at the hands of humans.
. Some dogs featured here have become therapy dogs for hospitals and nursing homes; reading partners for children; friends to at-risk teens and the injured in veterans affairs hospitals; service dogs for the deaf and blind; arson dogs; and even search-and-rescue dogs. Elise lufkin and diana walker once again present a moving collection of profiles, in beautiful, duotone photographs and moving text, of dogs that have found new lives after being throw away” dogs.
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings
When a documentary filmmaker comes along to capture the phenomenon on film, the story takes a surprising turn, and Bittner’s life truly takes flight. People can’t help gawking at the man who, during daily feedings, stands with parrots perched along both arms and atop his head. He’d gone to san francisco at the age of twenty-one to take a stab at a music career, but he hadn’t had much success.
Mark bittner was down on his luck. After many years as an odd-jobber in the area, he accepted work as a housekeeper for an elderly woman. He succeeds to such a degree that he becomes the local wild parrot expert and a tourist attraction. The wild parrots of telegraph hill is the inspiring story of how one man found his life’s work—and true love—among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America’s most picturesque urban settings.
The gig came with a rent-free studio apartment on the city’s famed Telegraph Hill, which had somehow become home to a flock of brilliantly colored wild parrots. In this unforgettable story, Bittner recounts how he became fascinated by the birds and made up his mind to get to know them and gain their trust.
A Healing Justice
Praise for the novels of kristin von Kreisler “Kristin von Kreisler deftly spins a tale of human failings and canine devotion. Susan wilson “in this terrific and uplifting novel, von Kreisler shows how the love between a dog and a person can prove transformative. Modern Dog Magazine. And andie learns important lessons about justice—and about Justice—as she struggles to find the courage to forgive herself and reclaim the gift of her life.
Placed on administrative leave, she’s pursued by media and investigated by a deputy sheriff whose handling of the high-profile case could earn him a coveted promotion. Haunted by self-doubt, her freedom, Andie is in danger of losing everything—her career, and the critically injured dog who’s her soul mate.
. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expert K-9 drug sniffer, she’s found an unbeatable partner. From the bestselling author of earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy. A savage attack leaves a teenager dead and Andie trapped in every cop’s worst nightmare.
Then the unthinkable happens. But as she finds kind allies in her Puget Sound island community, the road back becomes a journey of healing for both Andie and her canine companion.
The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird
. No fool, this penguin. The penguin refuses to leave his rescuer’s side. What’s more, the penguin lessons teaches an important truth: that a single act of compassion can be repaid a thousand-fold. Sy montgomery, author of the good good pig and the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus “Tom Michell’s tone suits the material perfectly.
. Juan salvador is suddenly the center of attention—as mascot of the rugby team, confidant to the dorm housekeeper, co-host of Michell’s parties, and an unprecedented swimming coach to a shy boy. Witty and heartwarming, a story that is both absurd and wonderful, The Penguin Lessons is a classic in the making, exactly like Juan Salvador.
Praise for the penguin lessons “i loved this book, too! It’s as charming, heartwarming, and you will, and surprising as a penguin on a roof terrace. But michell’s adventures really begin when, he rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill, cleans the bird up, on a weekend in Uruguay, and attempts to return him to the sea.
A unique and moving real-life story of the extraordinary bond between a young teacher and a penguin, Dewey the Library Cat, this book will delight readers who loved Marley & Me, The Good Good Pig, and any book by Jon Katz. In 1975, twenty-three-year-old englishman Tom Michell follows his wanderlust to Argentina, where he becomes assistant master at a prestigious boarding school.
Even through the collapse of the perónist government and amid the country’s economic and political strife, Juan Salvador brings joy to everyone around him—especially Michell, who considers the affectionate animal a compadre and kindred spirit. Michell names the penguin juan salvador “John Saved”, as it turns out, but Juan Salvador, is the one who saves Michell.
The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family
Katz offers us a portrait of a community, and by extension a country, that is turning to its pets for emotional support and stability—a difficult job that more and more dogs are expected to do every day. The new work of dogs profiles a dozen such relationships in a new jersey town, like the story of harry, and sometimes angry women turn to their dogs to help them rebuild their lives; and Betty Jean, acerbic, companion of a man who has few human friends and doesn’t know how to talk to his own family; the Divorced Dogs Club, a Welsh corgi who provides sustaining emotional strength for a woman battling terminal breast cancer; Cherokee, whose funny, the frantic founder of a tiny rescue group that has saved five hundred dogs from abuse or abandonment in recent years.
But often people acquire and love dogs with little awareness that they might have complex and revealing reasons for choosing the dog or pet they choose, loving it the way they do. Writing about his own dogs in a dog year, jon katz became immersed in a larger community of dog lovers and came to realize that in an increasingly fragmented and disconnected society, dogs are often treated not as pets, but as family members and human surrogates.
Drawn from hundreds of interviews and conversations with dog owners and lovers, and psychiatrists, The New Work of Dogs combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, trainers, veterinarians, behaviorists, breeders, rescuers, and questions whether this relationship shift is an entirely positive phenomenon for both species.
The new work of dogs is a provocative and moving exploration of the evolving role dogs play in a changing and uncertain world. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home.
Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued
Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all. As laurie and her dog, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see, Mia, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God’s grace even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she had ever known.
Love is a bridge that stands firm through difficulties and connects one heart directly to another, not because of how it looks, but because of what it is. Kim meeder, Blind Hope. Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day.
An unwanted dog. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. An emotional rescue. An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.
Two lives forever changed.