Synopses & Reviews
While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Rileyand#8217;s presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue.and#160;What didnand#8217;t come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Rileyand#8217;s destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. For much of Zakand#8217;s childhood, he was at the bottom of a veritable canyon himselfand#8212;a canyon whose imprisoning depth and darkness was created by bullies who just wouldnand#8217;t quit and parents who werenand#8217;t capable of love. From the age of five, Zak was everyoneand#8217;s favorite target.and#160;When Zak came upon Riley, the puppyand#8217;s condition bespoke his abusersand#8217; handiworkand#8212;three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other. As a former US Marine sergeant, Zak was one of only a few people with the mettle and physical wherewithal to get Riley out. And in rescuing him, Zak was also attempting to save himself, conquering the currents of cruelty that swelled beneath his early life and always threatened to drown him.
and#147;Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself
is for anyone who has ever thought of giving up. It is an extraordinary story not only of love, but of strength, perseverance, and above all, courage. Read it to be inspired. Read it if you love to see the underdog (human or dog) triumph!and#8221;
and#151; Kay Pfaltz, author of Flashand#8217;s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle
"Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself is a sobering reminder of the cruelty that is prevalent toward not only animals, but among people, as well. Anderegg served as an angel to Riley and, in turn, Riley did what dogs do best. . . . Help us to heal."
and#151; Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.
"Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself is a sobering reminder of the cruelty that is prevalent toward not only animals, but among people, as well. Anderegg served as an angel to Riley and, in turn, Riley did what dogs do best. . . . Help us to heal." Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.
andldquo;Part anthropology, part ethnography, part memoir, fully awesome, From the Mouths of Dogs is one of the loveliest, smartest, and most intimate celebrations [and] interrogations of heartbreak . . . that Iandrsquo;ve read in quite some time. . . . Hollars brilliantly reveals us as a species with equal need for the body and the dust, for history, for memory, for miracle.andrdquo;andmdash;Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Preparing the Ghost
andldquo;B.J. Hollars allows us intimate glimpses of dog-human relationships that are not usually in public view: behind the scenes at a shelter, in a home for senior dogs, or in the makeshift pet cemetery at his childhood home. Any animal lover will eagerly absorb these stories of love, compassion, and, inevitably, grief.andrdquo;andmdash;Brenda Miller, author of Blessing of the Animals
andquot;An honest, heartwarming choice for animal lovers.andquot;andmdash;Eric Liebetrau, Kirkus
An inspiring story about determination, bullying, and the invisible hands that brought a man and dog together to overcome their dark legacies.
What is it that dogs have done to earn the title of andldquo;manandrsquo;s best friendandrdquo;? And more broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four-legged brethren managed to enrich our lives? Why do we love them? What can we learn from them? And why is it so difficult to say good-bye? Join B.J. Hollars as he attempts to find outandmdash;beginning with an ancient dog cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel, and moving to the present day.
Hollarsandrsquo;s firsthand reports recount a range of stories: the arduous existence of a shelter officer, a womanandrsquo;s relentless attempt to found a senior-dog adoption facility, a familyandrsquo;s struggle to create a one-of-a-kind orthotic for its bulldog, and the particular bond between a blind woman and her Seeing Eye dog. The book culminates with Hollarsandrsquo;s own cross-country journey to Hartsdale Pet Cemeteryandmdash;the countryandrsquo;s largest and oldest pet cemeteryandmdash;to begin the long-overdue process of laying his own childhood dog to rest.
Through these stories, Hollars reveals much about our pets but even more about the humans who share their lives, providing a much-needed reminder that the world would be a better place if we took a few cues from manandrsquo;s best friends.
About the Author
joined the Marines after graduating high school and served from 1994and#150;1998, achieving the rank of Sergeant E5. Since 2002, he has owned two successful businesses, Dream Catcher Yachts and The Wrench-It Center with his wife, Michelle. In 2010, he was exploring a slot canyon near Page, Arizona, when he found Riley. He has appeared with Riley and Michelle on Inside Edition, The Today Show,
and The Ellen Degeneres Show
. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pete Nelson received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writersand#8217; Workshop and has written for numerous magazines, including Harperand#8217;s, Playboy, and Esquire. He is the author of the novel I Thought You Were Dead and numerous nonfiction titles, including Left for Dead and That Others May Live. He resides in Westchester, New York.