DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption [NOOK Book]

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From Marley and Me to Temple Grandin’s groundbreaking books to Cesar Millan’s television show, America’s many millions of pet owners eagerly seek new insights into animal behavior, and one of the most popular sources of compelling stories and practical advice is DogTown, the National Geographic Channel’s latest hit show.

A national rescue organization with more than 200,000 members, DogTown is the area where dogs live at the nation’s largest ...
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DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption

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Overview

From Marley and Me to Temple Grandin’s groundbreaking books to Cesar Millan’s television show, America’s many millions of pet owners eagerly seek new insights into animal behavior, and one of the most popular sources of compelling stories and practical advice is DogTown, the National Geographic Channel’s latest hit show.

A national rescue organization with more than 200,000 members, DogTown is the area where dogs live at the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary run by Best Friends Animal Society. This informative, inspiring book presents representative stories of dogs considered unadoptable by other shelters. They come from many backgrounds: some were abandoned; some prowled the streets as strays; others suffer from mysterious illnesses, serious injuries, or antisocial behaviors that discourage potential adopters. But good fortune led them to Best Friends and the dedicated people devoted to helping them recover and find welcoming homes.

These compelling, winningly illustrated true stories, each uniquely moving and inspirational, draw upon the experience of veterinarians, trainers, and volunteers to probe a range of tough, touching cases that evoke both the joy and the occasional but inevitable heartbreak that accompanies this work. Each chapter follows a dog from the first day at Dogtown until he ultimately finds (or doesn’t find) a permanent new home, focusing both on the relationship between the dog and the Dogtown staff and on the latest discoveries about animal health and behavior. We learn how dogs process information, how trauma affects their behavior, and how people can help them overcome their problems. In the end, we come to see that there are no "bad dogs" and that with patience, care, and compassion, people can help dogs to heal.
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Utah's Best Friends Animal Society, home of the National Geographic Channel series "Dogtown," is the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary, tending to some of the most unwanted, hard-to-rehabilitate dogs in animal rescue services. This collection of stories recounts and follows up on 15 of the most memorable dogs to appear on "Dogtown," including a grieving Weimaraner who needs a new family to love, an elderly Chow Chow with a mysterious neurological condition, and a shy pit bull suffering from popular misconceptions of breed brutality. The stories are told with much contribution from the passionate, patient staffers, and run alongside a charming collection of photos showcasing the dogs at their most expressive. Animal lovers will have a hard time putting this down, though dog lovers in particular should keep the tissues handy. 65 b&w photos.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426206115
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 137,679
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Stefan Bechtel is a veteran storyteller, a founding editor of Men's Health; and a contributor to Esquire and the Washington Post;and the author of seven books on conservation, health, investment, and severe weather, including Roar of the Heavens, a chronicle of the fury of Hurricane Camille. His books have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into eight languages.


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Table of Contents

Foreword Mickey Rourke vi

Introduction Faith Maloney viii

Chapter 1 Georgia 1

Chapter 2 Ava 23

Essay: Becoming a Dog Person, Patti lampietro, DVM 36

Chapter 3 Aristotle 41

Chapter 4 Bingo 57

Essay: A Is for Atticus Pat Whitacre 70

Chapter 5 Parker and Mei Mei 75

Chapter 6 Annie 93

Essay: Jenny's Gift Sherry Woodard 108

Chapter 7 Tuffy 115

Chapter 8 Rush 131

Essay: Barnum and Sadie Michelle Besmehn 146

Chapter 9 Bruno 153

Essay: Kaiser and Sherman Jeff Popowich 170

Chapter 10 Knightly 177

Chapter 11 Meryl 193

Essay: Positive Reinforcement Ann Allums 210

Chapter 12 Johnny 217

Chapter 13 Scruffy and Vivian 231

Essay: Infamous Spikey Doo John Garcia 248

Chapter 14 Wiggles 253

Essay: A Dog for Your Lifestyle, Mike Dix, DVM 266

Chapter 15 Mister Bones 273

Acknowledgments/Illustration Credits 291

Further Resources 292

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    The Stories Behind the Dogs

    Dogtown is a no kill sanctuary for abused, abandoned, and unwanted dogs. As author Stefan Betchel notes:

    Many animals who come streaming into Dogtown are like a throng of mute refuges - tattered and torn, injured in both body and spirit, having survived grim hoarding houses, dog fighting rings, overcrowded shelters, or simple neglect and homelessness

    Notably, Dogtown has provided a home to many of the dogs abused in Michael Vick's now defunct dog fighting operation. But whether famous or anonymous, every dog has a story. Many of these stories are shared in this compilation book.

    All of the stories are compelling. However the stories of Bruno and Mr. Bones probably best illustrate Dogtown's unique mission of serving dogs in all stages of life. Bruno, an ailing elderly dog, was dumped at an overcrowded shelter. When a caring shelter volunteer persuaded Dogtown to take him, Bruno's luck changed for the better. As one Dogtown employee prophetically reflected at the time, "here at the sanctuary it's quality over quantity and Bruno is definitely a dog that has a potential to have a quality life, even if it turns out to be a short one." While Bruno's time at Dogtown was brief, it was packed with quality. In contrast to Bruno, Mr. Bones was a longtime resident at Dogtown. When he finally found his forever home four months before passing away, his owner confessed "if I had him only one day, it was worth it. He was something special."

    Dogs rule at Dogtown!




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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Awesome! Must Read for Any Animal Lover!!

    Having been involved in animal rescue for the last 10 years here in Michigan and having had visited Best Friends 2 years ago, I was so excited to see this book. I had only to read a few chapters before I went back to the store and bought books for the volunteers in our rescue group as Christmas presents. I never tire of of reading all the wonderful happy endings for the animals that would have not had a 2nd chance at life if not for Best Friends. I especially loved the stories written by the Dogtown "cast" as well.

    This is a must read for any animal lover and for anyone involved in animal rescue!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    I LOVE YOU DOGTOWN!!!

    Dogtown is one of the best sanctuarys in the USA. I read this book 6 to 7 times and still read it. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS YOU CAN BUY!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Great book for all...

    Dogtown is an excellent book, well written, very informative and gives the true feeling that you are in Dogtown. This is a terrific book for all animal loving people!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Love this book!!!!!!!!!

    This book is great for anyone who watched Dogtown or love dogs!!!!!!! I defonetly recommend this book!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!

    This is the best book i have EVER read before! Even though i had to look up some of the words!!!!! LUV IT!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Really good read couldn't put it down

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    Posted July 12, 2012

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    Good book or not??????????


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