Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

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by Steven Wolf
     
 

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Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds.

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Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf?

In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.

Editorial Reviews

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Hudson News Best Books of 2012

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Shelf Awareness’s Top Ten Best of 2012 for nonfiction

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“Both honest and heartwarming, and a wonderful salute to the power of man’s best friend.”

Review quotes

“A powerful tale about life, family, and personal healing that reminds us all that greyhounds are love!” —Christine A. Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA

Hudson News Best Books of 2012

Shelf Awareness Nonfiction Top Ten Best of 2012

“Everything you want a memoir to be: wise, moving, honest, and true. I loved it, and so will you.” —Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye

“The close bond between man and dog is only part of this absorbing tale of love, family and dealing with disability . . . A heartwarming story that will hold appeal far beyond just animal lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Told with abundant humor, humility, and a writing style as graceful as a greyhound, Comet’s Tale abounds with revelations of the way life surprises us. I loved this book!” —Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape

“The story of Steven Wolf and his rescuer, Comet, is one of the best I know. I’m glad Comet saved Wolf's life so he could write this marvelous book.” —Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series

“Both honest and heartwarming, and a wonderful salute to the power of man’s best friend.” —Booklist

From the Publisher
“A powerful tale about life, family, and personal healing that reminds us all that greyhounds are love!” —Christine A. Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA

Hudson News Best Books of 2012

Shelf Awareness Nonfiction Top Ten Best of 2012

“Everything you want a memoir to be: wise, moving, honest, and true. I loved it, and so will you.” —Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye

“The close bond between man and dog is only part of this absorbing tale of love, family and dealing with disability . . . A heartwarming story that will hold appeal far beyond just animal lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Told with abundant humor, humility, and a writing style as graceful as a greyhound, Comet’s Tale abounds with revelations of the way life surprises us. I loved this book!” —Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape

“The story of Steven Wolf and his rescuer, Comet, is one of the best I know. I’m glad Comet saved Wolf's life so he could write this marvelous book.” —Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series

“Both honest and heartwarming, and a wonderful salute to the power of man’s best friend.” —Booklist

Library Journal
Greyhound advocate Wolf, along with Padwa (Everything You Pretend To Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask), tells the story of Comet, a once-abused racing dog. Owing to a spinal condition, Wolf leaves his family and moves to Arizona for its warm climate, where he is drawn to a group that rescues retired racing greyhounds. Through this group he meets Comet, a dog who chooses to adopt him. Comet knew only racing tracks and cages; she had to learn how to climb stairs and even how to play with toys. With Wolf's patience and love, however, she blossoms into a beautiful, calm, and special dog. Unfortunately, Wolf's health worsens and it becomes Comet's turn to help the author with the most basic tasks. Much to the amazement of greyhound owners, he teaches her to be a service dog as she physically helps him get out of bed, tows his cart in the grocery store, attracts friends to Wolf's isolated world, and plays a crucial role in restoring his health and marriage. VERDICT This heartwarming story is recommended for all readers who will enjoy learning about greyhounds.—Eva Lautemann, formerly with Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston
Kirkus Reviews
The close bond between man and dog is only part of this absorbing tale of love, family and dealing with disability. At 43, Wolf, a successful attorney, appeared to be at the top of his game when his spine gave way. Only gradually do we learn that his physical problems began when he was 16 and required a spinal fusion. In the years since his surgery, he had pushed himself to the limit. His condition was considered inoperable, and he was forced to retire--and spend the winter in Arizona while his family remained in Omaha. Depressed and suffering agonizing pain despite heavy medication, he struggled to maintain his independence. An encounter with foster greyhounds led him to adopt Comet, an abandoned greyhound who had been trained to race. Comet was not only an affectionate companion; she was also protective and sensitive to her owner's increasing disability. The author began to rely on Comet to help him navigate simple tasks such as getting out of bed or opening doors, and ultimately he trained her to become a service dog who could accompany him everywhere. With the assistance of Padwa (Quick, Answer Me Before I Forget the Question: Everything You Need to Know About Turning 50, 2007, etc.), Wolf offers a wealth of fascinating detail about Comet's socialization and about the breed, who are valued for their keen intelligence, speed and agility. After several years, Wolf found an orthopedic surgeon who was able to partially reconstruct his spine, increase his mobility and reduce his pain. The author admits to becoming manic and refusing to recognize that he was still fundamentally disabled. In his obsessive drive to resume his former life, he alienated his wife, who could not accept his self-destructive behavior. Only then was he able to come to terms with his previously flawed view of manliness and independence, rebuild his marriage and treasure each day. A heartwarming story that will hold appeal far beyond just animal lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616203238
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
613,505
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher

“Absolutely delightful! A very good book about a human whose life is transformed by a greyhound. Makes me want to adopt a greyhound right away!” —Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love

Meet the Author

Steven D. Wolf is an active participant in greyhound advocacy. He divides his time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Sedona, Arizona.

Lynette Padwa, the author of numerous books, including Everything You Pretend to Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask, has collaborated on many more. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Badkarma68 More than 1 year ago
Just as a disclaimer, I am a sucker for almost any dog book. However, that being said, this is a wonderful read regardless if you are a dog lover or not. I thought that the message of change and hope was very clear throughout the book, for both the author and Comet. Personally it provided me with a new perspective on issues I face. I guess an old dog can learn new tricks. You will certainly fall in love with Comet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into this book with preconceived notions, being that my wife and I are companions to two retired racers ourselves; and I wasn't expecting to find that a book could deepen my love for the breed anymore, but the story of Comet did just that.  This is a well written, and deeply moving book that made me smile and laugh at times then shed a tear at others.  I've seen a lot of similar behavior in the Greyhounds that we've met since adopting ours, they truly are a noble breed so willing to give total and absolute love and devotion.  I've meet quite a few therapy and service greys over the years, and am happy to see that there's finally a book out to spread the word about this wonderful breed of dog.  There is defiantly "life after the track" for a Greyhound, as Comet and all the other Retired Racers prove.  I'm so thankful for the stranger that trust a copy of this book into my hand saying "you have to read this book", while having our own two dogs out to a Meet & Greet to raise Greyhound Adoption awareness. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was/is a great book. Although the author goes in my opinion too much detail. Other then that I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read dog books or "touching story" books, but as an owner of two retired racers, well, I had to read it! The story was engaging and easy to read. And I fell in love with Comet! She is quite the little hero with her own personality. Several times I could just "see" her...knowing my own greys and their expressions didn't hurt either! The "all racers are abused" and the "poor racing dogs" theme got on my nerves. While I freely admit that historically the industry had its black mark (supposedly the 80s were quite bad in its treatment of dogs), since adopting my own greys and educating myself on greyhounds, I have since learned that the industry as a whole is not "evil" and has cleaned up a lot. There are bad players in the industry just as there are in any industry...some people care only for the bottom line no matter who or what gets hurt. That is true everywhere, including in racing. I have also learned that many racers live very good lives and have great trainers and owners -- just like every industry has good people working in it. My research has shown me many greyhound farms with happy, healthy, socialized dogs training to do something they love -- race each other! One things I loved reading about was how quickly Comet learned intuitively. His portrayal of her as a sweet, loving, calm but silly girl is so genuine. You will love her.
Nan1935 More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a very emotional and great read. You will not forget it soon. Loved it
Greysmom More than 1 year ago
I just finish Comet's Tale, and it was truly the best book I have read this year. This is a book for anyone who has ever loved a dog, The love between these to souls to overcome so much, is beyond wonderful.
MNHuskerMom More than 1 year ago
A book that will make you laugh, cry and rejoice in life itself. Everyone who has struggled with a physical challenge can relate. Comet and Steve were so fortunate to find each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ! Dogs never cease to amaze me . They still love us despite our human failings . I so enjoyed this families story and it will stay with me for a very long time . Highly recommended .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Their story is so heartwarming. She was one special dog. Made me want to find a rescue organization myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book. However, its one of those books you would only read once.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about this wonderful book, that was "under the radar." Wolf and Padwa do an amazing job of expressing the essence of Comet, the greyhound who was such an integral part of Wolf's life. I could see Comet in my mind as I read, and I felt like I personally knew her. I was torn between devouring the book quickly, versus trying to make it last as long as possible. This book is not just for dog lovers; it's for anyone who enjoys reading about dealing optimally with our limitations. Additionally, it's very informative about the plight of the dogs who are racers. It may be fun for those who repa money from the races, but the treatment of these intelligent creatures is too often inhumane. Highly recommended book.
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A little depressing, but well crafted story.
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JavaTH More than 1 year ago
If you love dogs, this is a wonderful and moving book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading more about Steve and Comet and knowing that their story had a happier ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful true story of the amazing bond between abandoned greyhound Comet and her owner Steve Wolf. Comet rises to all that is asked of her. Steve requires Comet to perform some very demanding tasks to help with his disabilities and she appears to relish the challenges she is set - many of which would not be thought possible for a greyhound to accomplish. Owning six greyhounds myself, I am well aware of the fate that awaits so many of these dogs – not only when their racing careers come to an end – but also the fate of those who never make the track. Greyhounds make wonderful, loyal, grateful, loving companions. They have earned the reputation of being 40mph couch potatoes – being bred for short bursts of speed and not marathon running! Indeed greyhounds don’t need endless hours of exercise as they are incredibly lazy – the downside being that you have to fight for your place on the sofa! This true tale of Steve and Comet’s devotion to each other plus Comet's empathy with Steve's limited ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks. This heart-warming story cannot fail to appeal to all dog lovers – emphasising that wonderful bond that unites both owner and hound.
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duchenf More than 1 year ago
It's nice to know that a greyhound can become a service dog. His stories are interesting and honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story - Comet was an incredible individual whose story was told by someone sensitive enough to understand him. They changed each others' lives and inspire those of us with whom they share their story.
mygreyhounds More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Comet's Tale, would recommend highly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago