Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs

Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs

by Cara Sue Achterberg


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A warm and entertaining memoir about what happens when you foster fifty dogs in less than two years—and how the dogs save you as much as you save them.

When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs—lots of them—and so her foster journey began.

In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes. There were the nine puppies at once, which arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heart- worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and a warm place to sleep. Operation Paws for Homes rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and shuttles them north to foster homes like Cara’s on the way to their forever homes.

What started as a search for a good dog, led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one that could ll the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence—she could save dozens along the way. The stories of these remarkable dogs— including an eighty-pound bloodhound who sang arias for the neighbors—and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.

When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many loveable pups, Cara says, “If I don’t give this one away, I can’t possibly save another.” Filled with humanity and hope, Another Good Dog will take the reader on an journey of smiles, laughs, and tears—and lead us to wonder how many other good dogs are out there and what we can do to help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777931
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,226,245
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer, blogger, and occasional cowgirl who lives on a farm in South Central, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, I'm Not Her, was a national bestseller. Her second novel, Girls' Weekend was released May 2016.

Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, and she has been recognized for her engaging romance narrations.

Table of Contents

1 We Can Foster Dogs? 1

2 A Foster Puppy! 24

3 Hooked 33

4 Babysitting 53

5 The Dangers of Winnie-the-Pooh 65

6 Foster Fail? 79

7 Heartbreak 88

8 The Yin and Yang of Puppies 101

9 Puppydom 109

10 Hero Dog 122

11 The Healing Power of Safety 131

12 There's an Adopter for Everyone 141

13 What Lies Beneath 150

14 Trust 157

15 In the Groove 162

16 Pup Overload 171

17 The Best-Laid Plans 180

18 Breed Racism 191

19 Vacation 198

20 Making a Difference 205

21 Falling Down on the Job 214

22 Second Chances 221

23 Fiftieth Time's the Charm 229

24 Happy Endings 238

Epilogue 245

You Can Foster, Too! 249

Acknowledgments 255

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