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A new memoir from the #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and top 10 USA Today bestselling author of The Dog Lived (And So Will I)
"A literary masterpiece! Teresa Rhyne writes from the heart and soul... This is a must read not only for dog lovers, but for anyone with a passion for animals." - Shannon Keith, Founder and President of the Beagle Freedom Project
We rescue dogs and bring them into our lives...and often they rescue us in return. What would cause a cheese-loving, meat-eating lawyer to become a vegan? Her dog. Teresa Rhyne and Seamus the beagle both survived cancer once, so when Seamus develops yet another cancer, Teresa vows to fight again. She finds better food for Seamus, and a plant-based diet becomes her own guide, but she realized that's not enough for her-and it's not enough for the animals.
As she searches for a more compassionate lifestyle, she struggles to find her place somewhere between a hypocrite in leather high heels and a hippie in a hemp skirt, all while coping with the threat of Seamus slipping away.
When she encounters two other dogs who need help, including one rescued from animal testing, turning away seems impossible after everything she's discovered. Will turning her life upside down to rescue two more beagles be the best medicine for everyone?
An honest, funny book about dogs, relationships and surviving life's challenges with humor and grace is perfect for fans of Marley and Me, The Middle Place and A Dog's Purpose will love this touching memoir.
Other books by Teresa Rhyne:
The Dog Lived (And So Will I): The sad, honest, hilarious memoir of a cancer survivor
The #1 New York Times bestseller
The #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
USA Today bestseller
*The first month's sales of The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) went to benefit the Beagle Freedom Project*
What readers are saying about The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I):
"an ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL portrayal of a passionate, zealous woman and the dogs (and man) she adores."
"honest to a fault and totally likable!"
"honest, candid, and filled with life infusing humor."
"laughter, tears & of course BEAGLES!!!"
What reviewers are saying about The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I):
"... a love letter to our animals, to who they are and who they make us want to be. She also reminds us of what her beagles always knew; love deeply, move forward, and never turn down a snack." - Quinn Cummings, author of The Year of Learning Dangerously and Pet Sounds
"With Teresa's characteristic intelligence, humor, and intensity...This book will change you...and you'll have Teresa to thank." - Linda Sherman-Nurick, Cellar Door Books, Riverside, CA
"... an enthralling and heart-warming story of extending the compassion we have for dogs to all animals..." - Jenny Brown, Founder and Executive Director, Woodstock Animal Farm Santuary and author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals
What reviewers are saying about The Dog Lived (And So Will I):
"This poignant and fastmoving memoir...is proof that even a hardcharging lawyer is no match for a bighearted beagle." -Martin Kihn, author of Bad Dog (A Love Story)
"...encouraging tale of finding love and love in unexpected places..."-Publishers Weekly
"A book that dares to be honest and sad and hilarious all at once."-Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune
"Funny, smart, uplifting, and fun, The Dog Lived (and So Will I) reminds us that animals are among our best teachers, our most powerful healers, and our most steadfast friends. I loved it!"-Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A friend who adopted a rescued beagle encouraged me to read this book. I couldn't put the book down and read it in just two days! Teresa shares her personal story with grace and humor. I am now conscious of the decision I make when shopping and eating! Thanks Teresa for educating us one reader at a time.
We knew it was a great book when our human snuggled with us for two days straight while she was reading it. Sometimes there was water running down her face and we ended up getting more belly rubs when this happened. We wish she hadn't finished the book so soon. - Cherry and Rica, former laboratory beagles
As an animal lover (and fellow Beagle rescuer) I couldn't put this book down. From start to finish I fell in love with dogs I've never met - Seamus, Daphne and Percival. Teresa's writes as if she's talking directly to you. Looking forward to hearing more crazy stories about these doggies.
This book shines!!! I NEVER give reviews, however in this case, I had to. Ms. Rhyne hit the ball out of the park with this gem! Regardless of what you're into: casual reading, looking for a fresh summer read, or if you are looking for something with a little more substance and meaning, this book is for you! On the cover is a quote from Beagle Freedom Project founder Shannon Keith that reads: "This is a must-read for anyone with a passion for animals" and that is so true! When I first read this book, the whole laboratory rescue issue was new to me. At first, I thought, "wait, they still test on animals? Why? And why especially on Man's Best Friend?" The more I read, the more I learned, the more I felt in my heart that I had to do something to help these poor abused and scared and quite frankly forgotten souls. I learned more, got in touch with Beagle Freedom Project and signed up to be a foster and I am now fostering a beagle who has the sweetest heart. Every time I look into his sad and too often scared eyes I can't imagine what he's been through. The only thing I could do was help him from this point on. When you read this book, I hope something similar is ignited inside of you too. We humans do a lot to this world. Whether our actions are good or bad is up to us. Every single day we have a new chance to make this world is a better place. I think starting with helping the helpless, giving a voice to the voiceless is a great way to start. This book isn't about preaching. It isn't about vilifying anyone. Its simply one woman's journey through cancer, through loving her animals and living life in a more humane, cruelty-free way. You can decide at the end if you want to join her path or not. Of course that is up to you. But before you reach the last page of this book, you will definitely laugh, cry, relate, sympathize and learn more than you thought you would.
I've given this book to several friends who have lost their dogs to cancer - I think Teresa's account of the raw feelings that rip at any pet lover who is losing or has recently lost a loved one can relate. A good part of the book is about the author converting to a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle. Having recently done both myself, I can relate to the frustrations of feeling like it's never enough. You don't have to be a vegan to enjoy, however. This is a touching and funny memoir that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I loved the book! I finished up her first book and thought that was awesome and now the second book is awesome too! I had two dogs at one time so I can relate to the dogs not getting along. Teresa has such compassion for animals and I love that! I hope she writes some more books! I will keep buying them!
I loved reading about Rhyne's interesting life and adorable beagles. She shares her journey with honesty, giving us a glimpse into the atrocities of animal testing and factory farms and the benefits of going cruelty-free. Her writing pulled me in and made me look at some of my own choices. Definitely worth reading!
As a cancer survivor and fellow beagle owner, I loved Teresa's first book. I followed her story and looked forward to her follow up and it did not disappoint. We all struggle with the choices we make for our health and I can appreciate her journey in making different choices in the lifestyle. If you late interested in pets, pet rescue, making lifestyle changes, vegetarian or vegan lifestyles, this book has a story you will be interested in. The author doesn't sugarcoat her struggle with her choices and how it affects her and others, I hope she continues to write the next chapters of her life. I enjoy following her journey.
The only reason I read this book till the very end was I was fervently hoping, praying Rhyne would give some sort of indication she is not a brainwashed mindless person parroting everything peta says. Any sort of mention of USDA regulations, The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, AALAS, a talk with her vet, a talk to her doctor (she gave one sentence in the book about her surprise when she found out , not through BFP of course, that the hospital that saved her life does research on animals), a talk with a laboratory worker, any sort of explanation why when she went on a rampage clearing her house “of anything tested on animals” she completely ignored her medicine cabinet… something. Anything? Nope. Really, I can go on and on and on about the PETA lawyer Teresa Rhyne. But I will leave off with this. In no way am I saying people should not adopt research dogs. Labs need all the positive support they can get so the animals that can be adopted out, are adopted. I 110% support adopting a retired research dog. (or any dog). But just because you are for adopting does not mean you have to be against research. Or if you are, fine. Just don’t be a hypocrite, be vegan, don’t wear leather shoes, don’t go to the doctor, don’t choose to have carnivorous pets, don’t take your pet to the vet, don’t take any medication or vitamins. And while you’re at it, go to the vet and explain to him why you won’t take your pet to the vet anymore because everything the vet does and prescribes has been tested on animals and he bases his whole career off of research on animals.. and then take a picture of your vets face and send it to me. In no way am I saying the factory farming business is filled with happiness. Pigs and chickens get the short end of the stick. Me personally I try to stay away from pork, chicken I’m not so good at. And at the end of the book, she has reference reading of course. For reading that is not pushed by PETA, please please, read everything or anything by Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin is an animal behaviorist who has high functioning Autism, loves animals, eats meat and has spent much of her career in slaughterhouses. Watch Temple Grandin’s youtube videos. Watch the HBO special about her life with Claire Danes (very good). Watch Dr. Pol on Nat Geo wild. Okay, Dr. Pol probably isn’t research but it’s a million times better than listening to ANYTHING PETA has to say about dairy cows and now I will laugh every time I’m watching Dr. Pol perform acts of “bestiality” when he shoves his arm up a cows behind. Also a good one is “Some we love, some we eat, some we hate” by Hal Herzog. He is neither anti nor pro production animals but he gives a good way of thinking how our complex human emotions get in the way of logistical thought. And finally, please, for a beagle rescue that is not about exploiting stupid people for money please go to Beagle Rescue League. They do an amazing job of having a respectful relationship with the labs they work with and not exploiting the dogs for profit. They also explain the USDA regulations and why PETA videos are misleading and not one mention of cosmetics because they know it is not true. At the end of this book in true PETA form she asks for donations. If you want to give donation to anyone, give it to beagle rescue league. They don’t uses lies and manipulations for monetary gain. They could, and receive 100 times more donations but they choose not to because apparently they have morals.