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
Quotes for Dogs Who Found Me
"Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the
reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson
about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."
-Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Reasons to Live
"I read this at once, and could hardly bear to put it down. This is a
wonderful, strange book, beautiful and funny and moving. It delivers
something crucial about bravery, the human spirit, and the place that
dogs occupy in our landscapes. It's about confronting need,
vulnerability and love, and responding."--Roxana Robinson
"Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and
great heart. This is a fascinating and useful book, full of great
stories and practical knowledge every dog lover needs. Ken's dogs are
lucky to have found him, and so are his readers."
--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh The Glory of it All
"Foster's dogs are memorable, delightful characters, with vivid,
poignant stories. THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME is a testament to the joys dogs
bring, and to the beauty in the work of saving them."
--Rene Steinke, National Book Award finalist for Holy Skirts
"If you love dogs as much as Ken Foster, you will probably recognize
yourself in much of The Dogs Who Found Me. You will remember your heart
stopping or being shredded... only to be repaired with an even greater
capacity to love."
--Terry Bain, author of You Are A Dog
"Pitbulls pitbulls pitbulls, and a man, like me, who loves them.
Alternately brutal and sentimental, like the lives of the dogs he
rescues. A very very cool book." --James Frey, author of A Million
Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard
"This book isn't about Foster as much as it's about his dogs, who help
him through 9/11, a heart condition that lands him in the hospital and
the deaths of two good friends...Interspersing vignettes on topics such
as missing dog posters, shelters, heartworms and understanding dogs'
body language, Foster fleshes out this charming account of a life among
dogs while providing hints for would-be dog savers."--Publisher's Weekly
Review; "The book's conversational, straightforward prose is one of its
strengths. And Foster's powers of observation and eye for meaningful
detail elevate what he has to say above the level of the average
(Northeastern University Magazine)
"...an absorbing and quirky memoir...Foster's style is blunt, funny and
poignant. He smoothly melds the events of his turbulent life along with
the gritty details of rescuing abandoned dogs into a piece that goes to
the heart."-- San Francisco Chronicle
"...[a] beautiful and funny account of dog love...This light, deeply
felt chronicle puts that best-selling confection 'Marley & Me' in the
shade."-- Plain Dealer "Foster's book might sound dangerously warm and fuzzy, but it maintains an edge of wisdom and self-awareness...Foster has led an untidy life, and he's lucky his pets have taught him the value of letting things get messy."-- Sarah Goodyear, Time Out New York (review)
"... (a) warm, candid, and unusual account..." --Booklist
"There are people who like dogs, there are dog lovers, and then there are dog people. The Dog's Who Found Me is a book about dog people."--The Oregonian (review)
"The book is far from overwhelming or overly ambitious; it succeeds as what it is: a plainspoken, sincere account of one man's direct experience with the mutual condition of rescue."--Bark magazine (review)
"This book is for everyone--not just dog lovers. Foster recounts his doggie and human adventures in a readable, humorous, touching style. The reader can feel his empathy, concern and humanity as he tells of his rescues, his requited love of the dogs he finds, and the wonderful things they have taught him."--Best Friends Magazine (review)
"...touching collection of essays and insights..."--Mississippi Magazine (review)
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.