Ken Foster never intended to adopt an abandoned dog. But after bringing Brando home, he notices how many homeless strays there are in the city. Suddenly, he sees them everywhere and finds himself unable to resist taking them home. But what he gains from them in return is far richer than his own expense.
As he forms relationships with each new animal, Foster finds solidarity between their misfortunes and his own, and unfiltered companionship through some of life's biggest hardships: the shock of New York City after 9/11, the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and the day his heart nearly stopped for good.
"As if channeling the frank and fundamental nature of dogs, Foster's sentences hide little pretense or poetry....[A] charming account of a life among dogs." (
"Warm, candid...not sentimental about the hard work of saving dogs but rather confident, reflecting [Foster's] belief that taking action on behalf of abandoned dogs is the right thing to do." ( Booklist)
"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)
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Would definitely recommend this book. It was interesting, warm with a nicely evolving story.
The stories were really engaging with a good perspective on both human and dog characters. It was also nicely narrated.
The narration was engaging with the right emphasis in all the right places.
A bit of both, probably, but not too emotionally draining, even though some of the stories were a bit sad! The balance was just right.
The story was beautifully woven and warmly delivered. It's a really good read for all dog lovers and those who enjoy a heartfelt yarn!