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Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door

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Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Marley and Me...with a dash of The Right Stuff. Since 2008, an unlikely alliance of volunteer pilots and animal rescue enthusiasts has worked together to save thousands of death-row dogs by flying them to safe havens and better lives. Through two dozen stories—some heartrending, a few hilarious—Dog Is My Copilot tells the inspiring story of Pilots N Paws, America's most unique and high-flying animal rescue organization.

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Overview

Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Marley and Me...with a dash of The Right Stuff. Since 2008, an unlikely alliance of volunteer pilots and animal rescue enthusiasts has worked together to save thousands of death-row dogs by flying them to safe havens and better lives. Through two dozen stories—some heartrending, a few hilarious—Dog Is My Copilot tells the inspiring story of Pilots N Paws, America's most unique and high-flying animal rescue organization.

Dog Is My Copilot tells the story of Pilots N Paws, a high-flying animal-rescue operation founded "accidentally" in 2008 when a private pilot offered to fly a mission of mercy to save an abused dog for a friend. Once on the ground, the pilot asked his friend if there was a big need to transport shelter animals from one part of the country to another. She responded, "You have no idea." Since that time, Pilots N Paws has grown to include thousands of pilots who have transported tens of thousands of "death-row dogs" (and a fair amount of cats and other animals), sometimes more than 1,000 miles away to new homes or no-kill shelters, where they have a much higher chance of adoption.

The true heart of Dog Is My Copilot are the 24 real-life rescue stories collected from pilots and their animal-rescue counterparts on the ground. The short, captivating stories are accompanied by more than 100 charming, poignant, color photos—most taken by the pilots themselves—of their canine passengers in flight.  

Unexpected things can happen when dogs reach cruising altitude, and the stories in Dog Is My Copilot run the emotional range from hilarious to heart rending—but the endings are always happy. These dogs are the lucky ones, and most of the pilots will tell you that when they get on the plane, they know it. After all, waiting for them on the ground hundreds of miles away is a second chance at a happy life with a loving forever family.

Dog Is My Copilot—it's Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Marley and Me . . . with just a dash of The Right Stuff. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Pilots N Paws organization.

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Pilot N Paws is only four years old, but already this high-flying animal rescue operation has already logged scores of unforgettable canine missions. This collection contains 24 true stories of death-row dogs who were saved by pilots who care. Ranging from the heartrending to the hilarious, these real-life tales gain extra poignancy from the 100+ photographs that illustrate this hardcover. (P.S. Dog Is My Copilot has a vast target audience. Nearly forty percent of American households own at least one dog.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449407605
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 630,917
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Regan lives in the middle of flyover country with his wife and children and their mostly good dog, Pearl (rescued, naturally). As often as possible, he accompanies his pilot friend, Sam Taylor, on animal rescue flights.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 A Dream of Flight 1

Part 2 Liftoff … and Navigation 9

Part 3 Flight Tales 23

Cassidy Rides Again 24

Home at Last, Home for Good 28

Appetite for Aviation 32

Angel Gets Her Wings 34

Mojo and Mom 38

A Sweet Southern Girl 41

Pups on Approach 46

A Pilot's Pilot 49

Boxer, Undefeated 53

Runt Triumphant 58

Up in the Air with Uncle Jim 62

Pilot Sam Gets a Few Pointers 65

Hell on Wheels 70

Preston 76

Phoenix Rising 78

A Moving Story 84

All Species Airways 86

Honorable Discharge 89

Ernie's Journey 92

Chance Encounter 96

Dorie's Story 98

The Round-Tripper 104

Out of Mew Orleans 108

Saving Christmas 114

Learning to Fly 118

Afterword 129

Appendix 133

How You Can Help 135

Photo Credits 136

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    This is one of the most inspirational books I have read in ages.

    This is one of the most inspirational books I have read in ages. For the most part, I don't read memoirs about dogs anymore as they make me so sad, but this is just the opposite. Each story of a dog or dogs and the journey to a new and forever home was provided by a pilot, who owns their own aircraft. This in essence, if the story of how Pilots n Paws came about and the services it provides along with lots of great pictures. If you are looking for a great book to read or give as a gift, I can't think of one better than Dog is my CoPilot. I loved it!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    BEST BOOK THAT A PERSON COULD READ!!!

    THIS BOOK IS SO ENLIGHTENING REGARDING AN ORGANIZATION THAT DOES SO MUCH GOOD FOR ALL ANIMALS AND DOES NOT TAKE DONATIONS!!! YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE AN ANIMAL LOVER TO FULLY ENJOY THEIR GOOD WORK AND THIS BOOK!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    This is a great book for any person that loves animals or flying!!
    It tells of the great efforts that some people go to rescuing animals (dogs in particular) and finding them homes. Pilots 'n Paws is a fantastic organization and makes me wish I was a pilot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Dog lovers rear

    Quick, easy, heartfelt read about a wonderful group of people who truly make a difference in dog's and dog lovers lives!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    This is a book that is a must read for anyone that needs a remin

    This is a book that is a must read for anyone that needs a reminder that people can still be compassionate and caring.
    A well put together compilation of stories shared by volunteer pilots doing what they love to do.. fly and showing everyone at the same time, that they can do what they love to do and save animals in need at the same time.
    Beautiful photos too, both on the ground and in the air
    Left me laughing and happy tears. Thank you Patrick Regan for showing us how hard rescues and pilots work everyday.

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