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Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dogby Emma Pearse
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The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months.
It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. But when the sky suddenly darkened and the waves turned fierce, the unthinkable happened: Sophie disappeared overboard. Her heartbroken humans couldn’t fathom the loss and could only hope their beloved pet didn’t suffer. But this true cattle dog and devoted best friend wasn’t going to give up that easily—and what followed is a remarkable tale of survival, luck, and persistence.
From the first day the Griffiths set eyes on puppy Sophie through that terrible October day she was lost, to Sophie’s time as a castaway and the reunion that almost didn’t happen, journalist Emma Pearse recreates the incredible journey of this canine Robinson Crusoe. An inspirational story of loyalty and the resilience of the spirit, Sophie offers undeniable proof about the unbreakable bond between humans and our pets—and that if lost, they would do anything to come home to us.
"Pearse, an Australian journalist, shares the amazing true story of Sophie, an Australian cattle dog who, on a boating trip with her human family, is swept overboard into the Great Barrier Reef. After a fruitless search, the devastated owners reluctantly conclude that their beloved pet has either drowned or been carried off by ocean predators. Unbeknownst to them, little Sophie swims — for up to 24 hours — to remote Keswick Island. When food and water prove to be scarce, the exhausted and emaciated Sophie undertakes another perilous swim, this time to nearby St. Bees island, where five months later, she is caught and finally reunited with her family. While Sophie's story is riveting, Pearse's telling drags in spots, especially when she describes how the family grieved for their lost dog; the writing is affecting but repetitious. The story shimmers, however, when the author focuses on recreating Sophie's island experiences — through interviews with animal experts like Temple Grandin and with witnesses who noticed the castaway — and describing the joyous reunion. A tender, delightful story of how a cosseted pup turned into a hardy, intrepid — and very lucky — 'supercanine,' this book will endear itself to dog and adventure lovers everywhere." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The remarkable true story of a familys beloved dog lost at sea, her amazing survival on an isolated island for five months, and her extraordinary return home
Merles Door meets the Daily Coyote in this extraordinary story of a dogs journey back to her family. Sophie Tucker, a three-year-old Australian blue heeler, goes overboard into the predator infested waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and Sophies heartbroken family has given her up for lost; little do they know that Sophie swam six miles to an isolated nature preserve called St. Bees—where she survived unassisted for five months by living off the land. The story of her survival and rescue is nothing short of miraculous.
Journalist Emma Pearse delves into Sophies story and re-creates the accident and Sophies improbable journey. Pearse tells the story from the perspectives of Sophie, her family, and the scientists on St. Bees who found her. Interwoven with research on the emotional lives of animals and interviews with animal experts, including Temple Grandin, Sophie offers undeniable proof about the unbreakable animal-human bond. Heartwarming, riveting, and inspirational, Sophie is an unbelievable story of the resilience of the human—and animal—spirit.
About the Author
Emma Pearse is an Australian journalist who has written for numerous publications including New York magazine, the Village Voice, the Financial Times, Slate.com, and Salon.com. She lives in New York City.
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