Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life [NOOK Book]

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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....

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

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Overview

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.

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Thanks to rescue advocacy groups and media groups, most Americans now know about the plight of greyhound racing dogs. Comet's Tale is the story of one abandoned greyhound, but its account extends far beyond the average rescue story because its author was himself rescued. Steven Wolf was a successful Nebraska lawyer when a severe spinal condition forced him to retire and move to Arizona. His problems, however, were far from over. Heavily medicated, his body still wracked with pain, he decided to adopt a foster greyhound. The encounter could not have been more fortuitous: Comet was not only an affectionate companion; he was a helpful service dog even before he was trained to be one. Wolf credits him with bringing him to a sane and measure existence. A story any pet owner can love.

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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

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“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

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“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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616203344
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 21
  • File size: 862 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was/is a great book. Although the author goes in my opinion too much detail. Other then that I love it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    I think that this is a very emotional and great read. You will n

    I think that this is a very emotional and great read. You will not forget it soon. Loved it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    I just finish Comet's Tale, and it was truly the best book I hav

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2012

    Excellent book...

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    I went into this book with preconceived notions, being that my w

    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. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Fell for Comet

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    A book that will make you laugh, cry and rejoice in life itself.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Nightmare

    Layed down while chomping on a freshly caught moose

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Faolan

    ((Hhmmmmm for now also it wasnt that long ago when lilac died )) faolan got up and padded around for a bit before going to the first result

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Moonshine

    (Ohh)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Lilly

    Attacks a deer drags back

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Love Dogs? You will love this book!

    This is an excellent, thoughtful and inspirational true story about a wonderful racer turned service dog and his owner who has many physical challenges but also has the heart of an overcomer. Set in the heartland of Nebraska and the desert land of Arizona it is amazing to read how lives of people and their pets are connected by coincidences and chance meetings. This is a miracle story, although God is not mentioned in this book, his fingerprints are all over the author's amazing story. I originally picked this off the shelf at the library and after reading it, bought a copy for my library. I will also be buying copies for Christmas gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    To males

    There is a se<_>xy black shewolf in the next red

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Oak

    While Dirt is hum<_> ping her, he sticks his co<_>ck in her mouth and hu<_>mps her face.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Nightmask

    Ran in humping her onto the ground humping bher hard.stuck his di<_>ck up her azz

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Dirt

    Knock off Oak

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Comet

    She turned around sharply, flattening her ears embarresed. She eyed his di.ck and unfolded her ears. "Hello." She said softly, padding over to him and rubbing against him.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Good story

    A little depressing, but well crafted story.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Wonderful book, wonderful plot.

    If you love dogs, this is a wonderful and moving book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    A Real Must Read

    I enjoyed reading more about Steve and Comet and knowing that their story had a happier ending.

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