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

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Enlightening experience about dog rescue

If you've never experienced first hand dealing with an animal shelter or breed rescue, this account of the author's experience with stray and rescued dogs is very enlightening. Apart from the facts and statistics that one can find about shelter and rescue dogs on vario...
If you've never experienced first hand dealing with an animal shelter or breed rescue, this account of the author's experience with stray and rescued dogs is very enlightening. Apart from the facts and statistics that one can find about shelter and rescue dogs on various websites, Ken Foster's personal experience can teach the reader something about what it's like to deal with these wonderful creatures, on a day to day basis. Just as in other aspects of life, there's good days and bad days. But, if the reader really thinks about what the author is saying, you can come away with a new-found respect for animals you may never have thought about. True to his educator background, he included good "checklists" for dog handling and resource websites to help the reader explore further, if you wish to do so. If you are looking for books that shows the power of animals in our lives, you should definitely include this one in your repetoire.

posted by Collie_owner on July 13, 2009

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8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Don't be expecting anything heroic

I received this book for Christmas from my well meaning husband. I was excited at first because I have been rescuing dogs for the past thirteen years. When I say rescue I mean I have found them, treated them for any ailments they have, sterilized them, vaccinated them...
I received this book for Christmas from my well meaning husband. I was excited at first because I have been rescuing dogs for the past thirteen years. When I say rescue I mean I have found them, treated them for any ailments they have, sterilized them, vaccinated them, and finally put them in what I would hope would be their forever home. I have rescued or reunited with their original owner close to 50 dogs. By no means am I a rich person but have somehow been able to do this all on my own. Never once have I dropped a dog off at a shelter for the dog to be 'somebody else's problem'. I became extremely aggravated reading Ken's book because he is reluctant in rescuing. The only time I was impressed was when he chased a dog from a truck stop to try and capture it. I became emotional when he spoke of finding dogs and taking them to the SPCA. I'm not sure how his local SPCA is in regards to kill vs. no kill, but the Harris County SPCA euthanizes more animals than Harris County Animal Control. I had studied this in depth as I had done a term paper on the subject. It was like he was sentencing the dog to an almost certain death like the last dog he rescued before Hurricane Katrina hit. It doesn't matter to me that he would call and check on the status of the dog every now and then to confirm that it would not be put down. Mistakes happen all of the time in shelters and dogs that were meant to be adopted are put down. I am very surprised that this book was published. I was disappointed to learn that I was reading the book of a 'wannabe'. I actually stopped reading the book at mid point but then decided to see if Ken would redeem himself and sadly he did not. Yes, it was wonderful and amazing that he provided a home for Brando, Sula, and Zephyr. But having a benefactor take care of medical expenses and dumping dogs at the local shelter is hardly heroic. My copy was trashed.

posted by atyler1973 on January 24, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2009

    Don't be expecting anything heroic

    I received this book for Christmas from my well meaning husband. I was excited at first because I have been rescuing dogs for the past thirteen years. When I say rescue I mean I have found them, treated them for any ailments they have, sterilized them, vaccinated them, and finally put them in what I would hope would be their forever home. I have rescued or reunited with their original owner close to 50 dogs. By no means am I a rich person but have somehow been able to do this all on my own. Never once have I dropped a dog off at a shelter for the dog to be 'somebody else's problem'. I became extremely aggravated reading Ken's book because he is reluctant in rescuing. The only time I was impressed was when he chased a dog from a truck stop to try and capture it. I became emotional when he spoke of finding dogs and taking them to the SPCA. I'm not sure how his local SPCA is in regards to kill vs. no kill, but the Harris County SPCA euthanizes more animals than Harris County Animal Control. I had studied this in depth as I had done a term paper on the subject. It was like he was sentencing the dog to an almost certain death like the last dog he rescued before Hurricane Katrina hit. It doesn't matter to me that he would call and check on the status of the dog every now and then to confirm that it would not be put down. Mistakes happen all of the time in shelters and dogs that were meant to be adopted are put down. I am very surprised that this book was published. I was disappointed to learn that I was reading the book of a 'wannabe'. I actually stopped reading the book at mid point but then decided to see if Ken would redeem himself and sadly he did not. Yes, it was wonderful and amazing that he provided a home for Brando, Sula, and Zephyr. But having a benefactor take care of medical expenses and dumping dogs at the local shelter is hardly heroic. My copy was trashed.

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