For years Greg Mahle struggled to keep the last of his family-run restaurants afloat in Ohio. When it finally closed, he was broke and unsure what to do next. Then a stranded vanload of puppies changed his life forever.
Join journalist Peter Zheutlin as he travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs from the Deep South to loving "forever families" up north, with the help of many selfless volunteers along the way. From Houston's impoverished Fifth Ward - where thousands of strays roam the streets - and high-kill shelters in Louisiana to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pups in the Northeast, Rescue Road is full of heart: an inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans and how going the extra mile can make a life-changing difference for these loyal canines - and for us all.
©2015 Peter Zheutlin (P)2015 Tantor
"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero." (Kirkus)
A must Read
Of course Greg, he's an amazing person and so dedicated to the dog Rescue community
Gotcha Day at the end
I laughed and cried
If you love dogs and are involved with Rescue or not you will enjoy this book
Life-long book lover. Generally cop fiction is my favorite but I've been delving into nonfiction a bit and am really enjoying it.
No, not necessarily. It was nice to have a "voice" but the narrator was a bit slow at times.
I love dogs and volunteer with a rescue myself. The stories make you cry in pain and in joy.
The narrator was a bit slow at times.
Peter came into contact with one of the rescue organizations and then pursued the story of who, how, and why. The what is rescuing endangered dogs from southern states and transporting them to "forever homes" in the northeast after they have been cleared and treated by vets. The whole concept of how dogs are viewed in the south is so foreign to me (I live in a state where animal abuse is a felony). Sure, we have our share of dumbwits who are too lazy to find a cheap spay clinic, and losers who abandon a pet instead of taking it to a proper facility, but we also have scout programs taking kids to shelters to socialize the animals and learn to be responsible to domestic animals. OK, enough rant. Peter does a ride/work along with the transporter and learns more than he ever wanted to know about transporting 80 dogs in a tricked out semi across country every other week, as well as about shelters in the south and the people called to change things and "save lives 4 paws at a time".
If you love dogs, this will be an emotional read. Maybe you will even be moved to help in your own way.
Barry Abrams gives an excellent performance as Peter
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