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The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind [Paperback]

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Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1592287492  
EAN  9781592287499  

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Tells of the experiences of the author as he found himself adopting a growing assembly of stray dogs, relating how the animals offered a sobering counterpoint to his own misfortunes.

Publishers Description
From a border collie at a shopping mall to a pit bull in a Mississippi truck stop, The Dogs Who Found Me recounts the stories of a dozen dogs who chose author Ken Foster to rescue them. Initially reluctant, Foster set a four-hour time limit for placing the first strange dog he brought into his New York City apartment, only to discover that this would be the first of many dogs who would seemingly choose him to lead them, one way or another, to their new home.

You''ll meet:

--Sinatra, a blue-eyed collie found tied beneath a New York City bench.
--Zephyr, a rottweiler who jumps from a pickup on a Florida highway.
--Katrina, a nearly autistic yard dog abandoned after her owners'' divorce.
--An 85-pound pit bull found greeting customers at a truck stop on Valentine''s Day.
--An abused border collie discovered wandering a designer outlet mall.
--A puppy left on Manhattan''s East River, and the social worker that sought the dog''s return to her homeless clients.
--And finally, Sula, who returned to her abandoned birthplace after surviving a vicious dog fight.

In addition to the personal stories, The Dogs Who Found Me offers expert advice and answers the essential questions: How should you approach an abandoned dog? How do you integrate a temporary animal guest into your household? What resources are available in your area? Are some dogs beyond rescue? Why do some dogs fear your help? Should we ever give up on a dog?

Part memoir, part how-to, The Dogs Who Found Me is a moving and practical portrait of the national community of dog rescuers, foster homes, and the dogs who found them.

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More About Ken Foster

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ken Foster is the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture, and the author of Dogs I Have Met and I m a Good Dog. His collection of short stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, and The Believer. He has taught at The New School, Florida State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2008, he founded The Sula Foundation, which promotes responsible dog ownership among the pit bull population and sponsors education and outreach in the New Orleans area. He lives in New Orleans, with at least three dogs."

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Any thoughtful animal lover should be able to relate to this book  Nov 28, 2008
It's pretty simple to tell whether you'll love this book. Do you love animals and agonize over the shoddy ways that they're often treated by humans? Are you interested in personal stories of how people's lives change because of the animals who come into their lives? Do you have both a heart and a brain? If you answer, "yes," to all three questions, it's impossible for me to see how you couldn't love this book. For me, it was more than just a charming story about rescued dogs. It was a deeply affecting story of how the man who rescued the dogs needed to be rescued by the dogs just as badly as they needed HIS help. Anyone who's felt the joy of having animals need their help -- and who has felt changed in a positive way from helping -- will love this book. I highly recommend it for those who place themselves in the groups I'm describing.
Heartfelt and Fabulous  Sep 10, 2008
I feel I met a kindred spirit when I read this book! I recommend it to anyone who is involved in rescue work or may be interested in learning more about how they can help!
Appreciated by Fellow Animal Rescuer  Jul 24, 2008
As we all know working in rescue, no one sets out to do this. This book is full of just those stories, the dogs who found the author when he wasn't ready and how he made do with each situation. He talks about the experience being in New York for 9/11 and evacuating New Orleans for Katrina. I have had this book sitting on a shelf for the last year and finally got to read it while I was recently on vacation and just couldn't put it down. It read just as if I were talking with any of my rescue volunteers about their rescued pets. Ken Foster does a great job of articulating the emotions and struggles involved in animal rescue. I think it is a great read for any of us as a reminder of why we do what we do.
Wish I'd read it, instead of listened...  Apr 28, 2008
Got the audio book. I was not thrilled with the individual who did the reading, but Ken's stories in the book were easy for me to relate to. He succinctly put into words some of the emotions involved when one is performing animal rescue, including the initial denial that an animal is meant to stay with you. Also, I think he does quite well at capturing the essence of just being one of those people who can't look away when you see an animal in need. It's a state of mind that only a certain type of person really seems to understand.

- C.A.Wulff author of Born Without a Tail
Animal Lover  Apr 25, 2008
I enjoyed this book for the most part. It makes you think about all those dogs out there that need a home or ones who are out there that are being mistreated. I think it is great what Mr. Foster is doing for all those poor dogs out there. Especially Pit Bulls. I also liked all the informative information on shelters, rescues, etc in the back of the book.
The only problem that I had with the book was the writing style. It wasn't written very evenly and took me longer to get done than usual. All in all it would be a book I recommend.

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