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In The Man Who Talks to Dogs, journalist Melinda Roth rides shotgun with East St. Louis dog savior Randy Grim. Roth and Randy troll the city in an unheated 21-year-old VW bus, camping out in deserted warehouses in the dead of night, waiting for the dogs to show up. Randy patiently woos these terrified "hopeless cases" with goodies from his own refrigerator, gets them inoculated, and finds foster parents and eventually permanent homes.
Along the way, we learn that Randy -- an introverted loner who relates better to animals than to people -- is a reluctant hero. At first, only his friends and relatives pitched in with food and foster homes for the dogs before a local vet signed on to provide desperately needed medications and inoculations. Ultimately, the media got wind of Randy's efforts, and with the national attention came more funds and homes.
Roth's crisp narrative hooks you from the first chapter, and many of the rescue stories have happy endings. Two of Randy's favorites, Sunny and Sunshine, find dream homes -- one with a symphony conductor, the other with a childless couple. This is an inspiring tale about someone who follows his heart and who won't take no for an answer. A must-read for dog lovers. Vivian Kelly