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To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission

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by Elise Lufkin, Diana Walker (Photographer)

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Another hit from the champions of rescued dogs, author and photographer of bestsellers Found Dogs and Second Chances.


Another hit from the champions of rescued dogs, author and photographer of bestsellers Found Dogs and Second Chances.

Editorial Reviews

Nancy Bent - Booklist
“Beautifully illustrated, uplifting.”
Publishers Weekly
In their third collaboration, Animal adoption activist Lufkin (Not Bartlett's) and Time magazine photographer Walker profile the adoptive owners of working dogs, 53 in all, who serve the public and law enforcement officials as certified therapy animals, guides for the disabled, bomb detectors, drug sniffers, and other roles: Rusty is a Golden Retriever mix who visits second graders in an English-as-a-second-language class; Roxy helps her wheelchair-bound owner by opening containers and doors; Micah is a white German shepherd who aids emergency officials in search and rescue situations. Long-shot stories abound, such as the tale of Sophia, a Mexico City street dog who wound up in the U.S., bringing comfort to hospice patients; tissues required. Beginning with a foreword by actor and talk show host Bonnie Hunt, each warm, heart-felt story builds on the last, and includes fitting photos (though readers may wish they were bigger and more numerous). This feel-good book should please animal- and dog-lovers, especially those who live with a working dog.
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Library Journal
Those of us who have rescued dogs know that the dogs finally rescue us, something Lufkin has already detailed in two moving compilations, Found Dogs and Second Chances. Her new book goes one step further, chronicling formerly abused or abandoned canines now doing service—performing search and rescues (SAR), helping the blind or wheelchair-bound, and bringing joy while visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons. Each dog gets his or her own story, illustrated with an affecting black-and-white shot, and the stories are all remarkable. Bailey was nearly dead from starvation when rescued but is now certified for SAR, doing his first big job at the Pentagon after 9/11. Amputee Gracie helps soldiers at the Walter Reed Hospital, and Marvin, who was literally on the table to be euthanized, is now the Rhode Island SPCA's mascot and travels regularly to hospitals, day-care centers, and, yes, libraries. VERDICT Not just for dog lovers, this book should be read by anyone giving or needing care—you'll get hope and answers. Read it and be humbled.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

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Skyhorse Publishing
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7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Elise Lufkin has been involved with dogs all her life. For many years she worked with various animal shelters, socializing dogs to make them better candidates for adoption. She has been active in promoting humane education projects. Lufkin lives in Ketchum, Idaho.

Diana Walker, a photojournalist with Time magazine, is the author of two books of her work: Public and Private, Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency (2002), and The Bigger Picture, 30 Years of Portraits (2007). Her photographs are in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery.

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To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Slessman More than 1 year ago
TO THE RESCUE Found Dogs With a Mission Elise Lufkin Photographs by Diana Walker Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-60239-772-9 $19.95 - Hardback Reviewer: Annie Slessman My husband and I are big time dog lovers with three of our own. We have owned many dogs over the years and many of them have been rescued dogs. There is always a story behind a rescue animal. It was with great interest that I picked up the latest book by Elise Lufkin with photographs by Diana Walker called TO THE RESCUE, Found Dogs with a Mission. Within the pages of this work you will find many stories of rescue dogs, their owners and how the dogs have made a difference in the lives of many. Ms. Lufkin starts her stories with Bailey, a golden retriever, who was almost starved to death before he was rescued by a victim's advocate, specializing in child abuse who ultimately trained Bailey as a cadaver dog. One of Bailey's jobs was working the remains of the horrific 9/11 disaster. She continues on with great stories of rescued dogs in ever breed who have found themselves working within their respective communities in varied occupations. Whether they are working as therapy dogs with children, the elderly or those who are hospitalized, these dogs have been taken from terrible conditions, loved and they in return have shown their appreciation by servicing those in need. The stories in this work are beautifully, but simply told. The pictures are heartwarming and thoughtful images that will warm the reader's heart. Any dog owner will enjoy this book and will find themselves nodding in agreement and smiling throughout the reading process. It is a great book to share with others and would make a great gift for any occasion. I would venture to say that children of reading age would also enjoy this book.