Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life-eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart. WALKING WITH PEETY is for anyone who is ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story of friendship and strength.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Eric O'Grey is an inspirational speaker with a bachelor of science degree in finance from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University. Eric enjoys long distance running with his dog Jake, gourmet plant-based cooking, and spending time with his wife, Jaye. He is passionate about animal kindness, plant-based nutrition, and helping others reverse obesity, type 2 diabetes, and achieve their optimal weight and happiness. More information about Eric and his initiatives is available on his website ericandpeety.com.
Mark Dagostino is a multiple New York Times bestselling coauthor whose career has been built through the sharing of uplifting and inspirational stories. Before becoming an author, Mark served ten years on staff in New York and LA as a well-respected correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for People magazine. More information is available on his website markdagostino.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction-Shadows and Light ix
Chapter 1 I'm Leaving… 1
Chapter 2 Waking Up 12
Chapter 3 The Perfect Pup 26
Chapter 4 First Encounters 43
Chapter 5 Cleanup Time 60
Chapter 6 Going Plant-Based 74
Chapter 7 Peety Takes the Lead 88
Chapter 8 Oh, the Water… 98
Chapter 9 Rebuilding 109
Chapter 10 Progress 128
Chapter 11 Pudgeville 137
Chapter 12 The Bridge 148
Chapter 13 Get Cooking 159
Chapter 14 Milestones 172
Chapter 15 Sarah Smile 183
Chapter 16 The Social Network 196
Chapter 17 At Your Service 213
Chapter 18 Sweet Melissa 225
Chapter 19 On the Road 237
Chapter 20 Homeward Bound 250
Chapter 21 A New Hope 262
Advice and Recommended Resources 288
Recommended Health and Nutrition Resources 292
Animal Welfare Resources 295
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Could not stop reading this book. It is uplifting and motivational in so many aspects of life.
I am a dog person - and a reader who enjoys a good memoir. I found both in Eric O'Grey's book, Walking With Peety. The book was written with Mark Dagostino. And thanks to Grand Central Publishing, I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! "In 2010 at age 51, I was 340 pounds at 5’10”, my waist was 52 inches, and I wore 4XL shirts. My doctor told me to purchase a cemetery plot, because I would likely need one within the next five years." Instead, Eric visits a naturopathic doctor who advises him to eat a plant based diet - and get a dog. The dog will need walking, getting Eric started on some exercise. The results? Amazing. "Over the next year, my weight dropped to 180 pounds, my waist was reduced to 33 inches". And yes, changing his eating habits was a major part of that transformation. But the real catalyst was Peety - an older, overweight dog, surrendered by his family to a shelter. He needed rescuing reducing, but in the end it was Peety who rescued Eric. (Peety also lost 25 pounds along the way a well!) From having no friends, no partner, no joy in the everyday and failing health, Eric completely changed his life and mental and physical health with the help of Peety. Walking With Peety is an inspirational story - and a testament to the love of a dog. O'Grey registers Peety as a service dog. He does have a valid medical reason for this designation, but I question not having the dog trained by a professional service dog trainer. Instead he trains both Peety and his next dog himself. There may be more to this aspect that was not included in the book. Overall, Walking With Peety was a wonderfully uplifting read. And an inspiration for those looking to make some changes in their lives.
Touching, philosophical, soul-bearing, healing, encouraging and uplifting. With so many dog stories out there, this is one of the best.