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

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Winner of Foreword Magazine's 2006 Bronze Award for Pet Book of the Year!
 
"Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."
--Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Reasons to Live
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Overview

Winner of Foreword Magazine's 2006 Bronze Award for Pet Book of the Year!
 
"Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."
--Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Reasons to Live
"I read this at once, and could hardly bear to put it down. It delivers something crucial about bravery, the human spirit, and the place that dogs occupy in our landscapes. It’s about confronting need, vulnerability, and love, and responding."
--Roxana Robinson, author of A Perfect Stranger and Georgia O’Keeffe
"Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and great heart. This is a fascinating and useful book, full of great stories and practical knowledge. Ken’s dogs are lucky to have found him, and so are his readers."
--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of it All
"Foster’s dogs are memorable, delightful characters, with vivid, poignant stories. The Dogs Who Found Me is a testament to the joys dogs bring, and to the beauty in the work of saving them."
--Rene Steinke, National Book Award finalist for Holy Skirts
"If you love dogs as much as Ken Foster, you will probably recognize yourself in much of The Dogs Who Found Me. You will remember your heart stopping or being shredded . . . only to be repaired with an even greater capacity to love."
--Terry Bain, author of You Are A Dog
"Pitbulls pitbulls pitbulls, and a man, like me, who loves them. Alternately brutal and sentimental, like the lives of the dogs he rescues. A very, very cool book."
--James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard

Disaster-prone writer and reluctant dog rescuer Ken Foster finds himself adopting an ever-growing collection of stray dogs, from a beagle abandoned in a New York City dog run to a pit bull in a Mississippi truck stop. Their circumstances offer a grounding counterpoint to his own misfortunes: the shock of New York City after 9/11, the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and the day his heart nearly stopped for good.

KEN FOSTER is the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His collection of short stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, and The Believer. For more information, visit www.dogswhofoundme.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After Foster adopts his first dog, Brando, from a shelter, he can't help noticing an alarming number of stray dogs, which he had never noticed before. Once he starts looking for them, he finds strays everywhere: on the side of the road, at the dog park, at gas stations and stuck in drainage grates. But this book isn't about Foster as much as it's about his dogs, who help him through 9/11 (he lived in Manhattan then), a heart condition that lands him in the hospital and the deaths of two good friends. Foster's relationships with the three dogs in his life aren't a one-way street, though: when one dog gets a urinary infection every time Foster leaves, Foster realizes she "was trying to hold everything in until I returned." As if channeling the frank and fundamental nature of dogs, Foster's sentences hide little pretense or poetry. It's an appropriate writing style that lets Foster present his joys and sorrows plainly. Interspersing vignettes on topics such as missing dog posters, shelters, heartworms and understanding dogs' body language, Foster fleshes out this charming account of a life among dogs while providing hints for would-be dog savers. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."
–Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Reasons to Live

"I read this at once, and could hardly bear to put it down. This is a wonderful, strange book, beautiful and funny and moving. It delivers something crucial about bravery, the human spirit, and the place that dogs occupy in our landscapes. It's about confronting need, vulnerability and love, and responding."--Roxana Robinson

"Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and great heart. This is a fascinating and useful book, full of great stories and practical knowledge every dog lover needs. Ken's dogs are lucky to have found him, and so are his readers."
--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh The Glory of it All

"Foster's dogs are memorable, delightful characters, with vivid, poignant stories. THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME is a testament to the joys dogs bring, and to the beauty
in the work of saving them."
--Rene Steinke, National Book Award finalist for Holy Skirts

"If you love dogs as much as Ken Foster, you will probably recognize yourself in much of The Dogs Who Found Me. You will remember your heart stopping or being shredded... only to be repaired with an even greater capacity to love."
--Terry Bain, author of You Are A Dog

“Pitbulls pitbulls pitbulls, and a man, like me, who loves them. Alternately brutal and sentimental, like the lives of the dogs he rescues. A very very cool book.” --James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard

“This book isn't about Foster as much as it's about his dogs, who help him through 9/11, a heart condition that lands him in the hospital and the deaths of two good friends…Interspersing vignettes on topics such as missing dog posters, shelters, heartworms and understanding dogs' body language, Foster fleshes out this charming account of a life among dogs while providing hints for would-be dog savers.”--Publisher’s Weekly
 

Review; “The book’s conversational, straightforward prose is one of its strengths. And Foster’s powers of observation and eye for meaningful detail elevate what he has to say above the level of the average memoir.”--www.numag.neu.edu
(Northeastern University Magazine)
 

“…an absorbing and quirky memoir…Foster’s style is blunt, funny and poignant. He smoothly melds the events of his turbulent life along with the gritty details of rescuing abandoned dogs into a piece that goes to the heart.”-- San Francisco Chronicle
 

“…[a] beautiful and funny account of dog love…This light, deeply felt chronicle puts that best-selling confection ‘Marley & Me’ in the shade.”-- Plain Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786157624
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Ken Foster is the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His collection of short stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, and the Believer.

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie® Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer who has worked in America and Europe. He has been an actor and stuntman in both TV and film. He lives in Milwaukee.

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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.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    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 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

    The Dogs Who Found Me

    This is a great book for anyone who has a love for dogs. It is also very good for someone like me who wants to get more involved with rescue work. The book is well written and very easy to understand. The book also shows the insite of what it really takes to help dogs in need and also helps you to understand what is needed to be the person who steps to the plate first and not to let what other people think brother you. I would recommed this book to anyone who even thinks they want to rescue dogs and what you have willing to do.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    Great Collection of Endearing Dog Rescue Stories!

    A must read for anyone who rescues dogs or cares about dogs.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    Wonderful read for dog lovers

    As the mom of 2 rescued dogs, I can tell you that this book was touching. It covers 9/11, and hurricane Katrina which we can all relate to on some level. Wonderfully written. I just purchased his next book Dogs I have met,& I look foward to reading it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    GREAT BOOK!

    This book really tugs at your heart strings. I am SO looking forward to Kens next book due out this Fall. If you love animals, especially DOGS, your heart will melt.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    This book is amazing

    I love to read about dogs. This one really took it to a good level. It is true it is serious and it is funny all at the same time. It still wasnt as good as marley and me but it was a good book and this is an amazing author

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Great Book

    If you are dog lover, you will enjoy reading this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Recommended- Heartwarming read!

    Very heart-warming easy read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    I Could Not Put It Down

    I really appreciated this book and that the author admitted he was a reluctant animal rescuer. He was extremely honest and did not try to romanticize his involvement. I love the fact that he was compelled to do what he could for dogs even though he knew sometimes he may not be able to do as much as he wanted to. I think anyone who rescues animals feels the same and has doubts that what they are doing is enough. I applaud his honesty and his commitment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

    If you love dogs, and heartwarming stories, then this book is a must read!

    This book is a heartwarming account of one man and the many dogs that touch his life. <BR/><BR/>Obviously unbeknownst to a previous reviewer, Ken is not, and does not profess to be, a full time dog rescuer, what he is is an average Joe (no offense to the author) who cares enough to help the dogs that randomly cross his path. This alone is more than many people will do given the same circumstances. What you will find after turning page after page in this book is that Ken Foster LOVES dogs; the action kind of love that not only sees a lost dog and acknowledges its presence as he drives by it, but the kind of love that puts his own plans on hold to ensure that the lost dog is safe and secure. I loved this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Dogs, and how they help us

    The Dogs Who Found Me is about dogs, in particular about the stray dogs that wander into our lives and what to do with them. The author recognizes the way in which his dogs have helped him through tough times, often seeming to appear in his path at times when he needs direction. I thought the personal context he provides makes the stories more interesting than just abandoned dogs on their own--I wasn't confused at all. And he does a great job of weaving in facts and advice, particularly about pit bulls.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    Very inspirational , those lucky dogs!

    Ken Foster gives you a great insight into animals and what it really takes to be a great pet owner. I enjoyed his style and also the 'rules' that he sprinkles through the book. I found myself crying and laughing...plus all the resources in the back will be very helpful! Definitely will be checking out the dogs I see (if they appear to be abandoned) much more closely.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    I'm confused

    This book isn't really about how 'dogs found the author' --- it's more about the author's life and a dog story thrown in every now and then. This wasn't what I expected at all.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Just a relaxing read!

    the author had been spot lighted in our local newspaper so I searched his books out and read this one. It was a meandering and relaxing read - in the form of a series of short stories - tied together. A good book if you have only short periods to read and you can easily set it down and come back late.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    save your money for another book

    I didn't care for this book. It contained ordinary, uneventful stories. However I believe the author has a big, well intended heart when it comes to dogs, no matter what their breed or need. For that he gets a gold star.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Animal Lovers...Especially dog lovers...this is for you.

    The book is a great story about opening your eyes and paying attention to what or who is around you. Although the rescue stories are not always as expected, the author brings to life the reality of everyday life when you just love dogs. The author allows you to see what somebody goes through when they want to help but aren't necessarily professional rescuers. GREAT BOOK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Not what I expected

    This isnt about true dog rescue, and not what I was expecting. It was easy to read, but the author' s idea of half-hearted rescue got under my skin and made it impossible for me to enjoy this book. Rescue means to me to ensure a dog's safety and welfare and to find them a good home, not to drop them at a kill shelter or elsewhere and hope for the best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 17, 2010

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    Posted November 28, 2008

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