Synopses & Reviews
"Our dogs see us through more than they put us through," Ken Foster writes in Dogs I Have Met
, his collection of stories from readers whose lives were changed by the unexpected arrival of a dog in need. Foster’s new book introduces us to: a pit bull named Jimmy that is recovering from a hit-and-run in Oakland, California; a woman in Costa Rica who opened her house to fifty-five strays; a pit bull that raises a piglet as its own; a hemophiliac dog trained as a therapist; and the Ninth Ward dogs that returned with their owners to rebuild New Orleans.
Dogs I Have Met celebrates the inspiring transformations that take place at the intersection between mankind and dog. Of course, Dogs I Have Met also includes updates on Foster's beloved canine family: Brando, Zephyr, and Sula from The Dogs Who Found Me.
"In this moving sequel to his 2006 bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me, Foster introduces readers to dogs and owners he encountered while promoting his earlier book. In many cases, the dogs had been rescued from death by people who had 'decided that they were worth the work of saving,' and Foster interweaves their remarkable stories with updates on his own life and the dogs who continue to change his life in surprising ways. The stories are as diverse as the dogs themselves, from a woman who found a pregnant, one-eyed stray in the exact spot where she had been involved in a car crash six years earlier that killed her best friend, to a man certain that his adoption of a pit bull saved him from Hurricane Katrina. Foster concludes with a more detailed look at the animals affected by Katrina's devastation, including a moving tribute to the volunteers who helped give shelter to the dogs of New Orleans. Dog lovers will welcome this new collection of moving and poignant canine stories." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[W]ell-told, moving stories." Library Journal
Ken Foster knows that a dog can change a person's life. And that several dogs can change even more. For The Dogs Who Found Me, the author appeared in major media interviews such as NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, and received hundreds of letters and stories about other karmic canine rescues. Many of these heartwarming stories are now compiled in this all-new follow-up to the original bestseller. Dogs I Have Met introduces us to injured California pit bull Jimmy, among others, as well as to one woman who opened her house to 55 stray dogs. Ken Foster will once again travel the country for interviews and in-store events to promote dog rescue and this all-new national bestseller.
About the Author
Ken Foster is the author of The Dogs Who Found Me. He's also the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His collection of short stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, and The Believer. He has taught at The New School, Florida State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives in New Orleans, with at least three dogs.