My Old Dog – Book Review
Ever since my last dog passed away and I moved across the country many years ago, I’ve been pining for a canine companion to fill the void.
Like most prospective dog parents, when I dream of a new addition to my family, images of adorable young puppies go dancing through my head. But, when reality sets in and I remember all of the patience and energy it takes to transform a gregarious young pup into a good canine citizen, I must confess – adopting an older dog sounds a whole lot more appealing.
It appears I’m not the only person who’s come to that realization.
In My Old Dog – Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts (written by Laura T. Coffrey and photographed by Lori Fusaro), you’ll read story after amazing story about individuals who have discovered that older dogs make incredible pets.
Along the way, you’ll learn why, in many instances, older dogs are a better fit for your family than those cute but untrained puppies that you might be tempted to gravitate towards!
My Old Dog is a visually stunning and emotionally engaging book that is filled with gorgeous photographs of dogs that have been blessed by a second chance in life and stories of the remarkable people who cared enough to save them from what would have otherwise been a certain death.
Here are a few of the rescued pets you’ll fall in love with in My Old Dog:
Einstein, the 10-year old, food-obsessed cocker spaniel who melted George Clooney’s heart. This cutie made the legendary actor and filmmaker so nervous about being liked, that he smeared meatballs all over his shoes before his home-safety check to help ensure that Einstein would take a shining to him!
Cody, an amazing 9 year-old K9 with an exemplary record of police service who, through no fault of his own, was forced into early retirement. One unfortunate circumstance after another resulted in Cody being taken to doggy jail, where the end results could have been disastrous – but lady luck finally shined upon him and he now has a loving home where he guards his best friend, 8-year old Maddy.
Rocky, the 15-year old Golden Retriever has suffered a stroke, is battling cancer, has arthritis, has lost his best bud and brother Boomer and is obese – but that doesn’t stop him from making the most of his second act and bringing joy to others! Rocky is a full-time resident at Rosario Assisted Living in Washington, where he serves as an anchor and best friend to a group of older women living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The residents sing nothing but praises for Rocky:
Rocky is perfect.
He loves people.
He helps all of us.
Each story in this heartwarming book will have you wanting to run down to your nearest animal shelter to rescue and embrace a senior dog of your very own – and the author provides plenty of tips and resources to help you do just that! You’ll learn what you can do to help senior dogs live healthier, happier lives (whether or not you are able to adopt a dog of your own) – and you’ll have a state-by-state listing of all of the senior-specific rescue groups at your fingertips.
Hands down, My Old Dog is one of the best books I have read this year, and one of my favorite dog books of all time!
I cannot recommend My Old Dog highly enough to you and to all of your dog-loving friends.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
My Old Dog – An Interview With The Author & Photographer
About Laura Coffey
Laura T. Coffey is a longtime writer, editor, and producer for TODAY.com, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. A journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories. She has won numerous awards, including first-place feature-writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Dog Writers Association of America. Laura lives in Seattle with her husband, Michael, her son, Tyler, and their dogs and cat.
About Lori Fusaro
Lori Fusaro is staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles and owner of Fusaro Photography, whose clients include BAD RAP, Guide Dogs for the Blind, k9 connection, Angel City Pit Bulls, and other animal-rescue organizations. She also serves on the advisory council for HeARTs Speak. An advocate for homeless animals, Lori has donated her time to photograph dogs and cats at shelters to increase their chances of being adopted. Lori lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Darrell, and their dogs and cats.
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