And a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway - Thirty Thousand Dogs

By Peter Zheutlin

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bryant
This is another present for a friend; I know she will love it
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lisa hall wilson
Amazing book, amazing man. Being involved in rescue myself I was very moved by what he does for so many dogs in need.
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soheil dowlatshahi
Not only a great read but what an amazing man and his story! The world needs more of him!
A Man of His Own :: The Man Who Loved Dogs: A Novel :: The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog :: The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia - Book 6) by C. S. Lewis (2002-07-01) :: Henry Huggins
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spacedaisie
I love to read these kind of stories. It warms the heart. Animals deserve to be a chance at a good life.
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amreeta
Absolutely wonderful - and it was the way my Daisy was brought to me - eye opening about the situation down South.
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aya sameh
This book makes you appreciate the many unsung heroes of animal rescue. I wish there were many more!
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erin eastin
This is a great book for anyone, but especially for people involved in rescue. I highly recommend it. A great read.
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steffani rideau
The book aptly describes one man's love of dogs and our vicarious journey through his experiences we all wish we could make!
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phillipe bosher
Great book, I do rescue and have met Greg the main character for one of my foster dog transports, he's awesome.
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nita
Author approaches issue from perspectives of shelter staff, rescue organizers and the eager forever families. Informative, sad, heart-warming stories woven into a great book.
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bill saracino
If you love dogs you will love this heart rending story of rescue dogs. The efforts that are required to place these animals in forever homes are never ending.
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benjamin thomas
I thoroughly enjoyed following Peter on his journey. I always knew how important pet adoption was, but this made it real!
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ravi gopinathan
Very interesting, and sad stories of rescue dogs. It's hard to believe some people treat any animal as a possession, with no regard for their safety or wellbeing, but thankfully, there are others who are going to great lengths to rescue these dogs.
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jordyn kline
Peter came into contact with one of the rescue organizatons and then pursued the story of who, how, and why. The what is rescuing endangered dogs from southern states and transporting them to "forever homes" in the northeast after they have been cleared and treated by vets. The whole concept of how dogs are viewed in the south is so foreign to me (I live in a state where animal abuse is a felony). Sure, we have our share of dumbwits who are too lazy to find a cheap spay clinic, and losers who abandon a pet instead of taking it to a proper facility, but we also have scout programs taking kids to shelters to socialize the animals and learn to be responsible to domestic animals. OK, enough rant. Peter does a ride/work along with the transporter and learns more than he ever wanted to know about transporting 80 dogs in a tricked out semi across country every other week, as well as about shelters in the south and the people called to change things and "save lives 4 paws at a time".
If you love dogs, this will be an emotional read. Maybe you will even be moved to help in your own way.
I was alerted to this book by Book Gorilla and got it as Whispersync on the cheap.
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marissa barbieri
I love animals, and I am impressed to find out what it is actually like for those hard working people who save so many dogs' lives on a daily basis and the extents they will go through in order to do it. This was a most interesting and informative book, showing both sides of the story and also educating me in the process. I would definitely recommend this to any dog lover.
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robin silk
I really enjoyed this book and learning about this rescue. I now follow the rescue on Facebook.
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tony antony theva
This book made me cry, smile and did I say cry already. Awesome story on what it takes to follow a passion, ask for nothing in return and save many dogs lives in the process. Thank you Peter Zhuetlin for letting us see a glimpse into the life of wonderful Greg Mahle, the dogs he brings to their forever homes and all who help and rescue!!
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jean rabe
I just gave up my Angel foster dog to go with Greg to a loving home in Pennsylvania. I really loved this book. Sending a dog you have fallen in live with on such a long road trip is EXTREMELY heart wrenching, but knowing Greg is going to watching over the dogs and his love for them meant so much. Could not put this book down. Very well written.
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bharat
Rescue Road was a great read for all dog lovers. Greg's life is inspiring and it is amazing to see what goes into his efforts to bring homeless dogs from the south to their forever families in the north. The author has done a fabulous job making his story come to life.
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robyn
Captivating book. This man is an earth angel. Highly recommend this book.
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afsane rezaei
Terrific read. I highly recommend this book since I couldn't put it down.
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matt cruea
Great story and awesome people who do this kind of work. The book was well written and such a joy to read.
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punk
Very inspiring story, but some of it is sad how the dogs start off.
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sanna
What a wonderful and inspiring story. This is a very well written account of the difference that one person can make with a passion and determination. To those of us who care deeply about the plight of homeless companion animals, Greg Mahle is a true hero.
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h murphy
I have a rescue dog and now knowing what people went through to save my once terrified girl ... Melts my heart
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lamine konkobo
Heartwarming and informative. A must read for anyone considering adding a dog to their family. A little disjointed, but very informative.
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amy minckler
great book
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stefan gunther
Beautiful story! Inspirational
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cynthia posthumus
Goes straight to my heart since I'm involved in rescue.
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enida zhapa
For those who have a soft spot for our four-pawed friends this book chronicles the trip to forever homes of rescue dogs from the south. Rescue Road Trips is an awesome transport and this book tells how Greg works hard to transport many dogs from the south to their forever homes in the north
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emily walker
Husband LOVES this book...
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jessica singh
Great story and well written!
I recommend to true dog lovers everywhere !
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deyna
Great book!
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ben edwards
Now I understand the reason why there are so many strays in the southern states. And all of the unsung heroes that try so hard to get them up north to adopters.
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brian
loved it
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caroledee
We should all read this book.
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nikhila leelaratna
Wonderful!
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lori jean
You will cry happy tears of joy!
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kathleen mckee
Very informative and entertaining as well.I learned a lot about the organization.
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justin grimes
Loved this book. My pup was brought to me by Rescue Road Trips from Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue. Loved the background stories of the folks involved in eascue work. ADOPT DONT SHOP,
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allison mudge
Very enlightening but very sad to read of the abuse and neglect dogs suffer in our southern states. Thanks to Greg and Rescue Road for doing so much to save so many.
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emmy woessner
Great! Just as described.
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scott bartlett
Great story about the countless people who dedicate their time to rescuing dogs. Loved every minute of the book!
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suellen stover
Heartwarming
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angus
Very real account of being involved in rescue. The heartbreak is real,and the volunteers continue for the sake of the dogs who have no voice. Very impressed.
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pilar rivett
a story of a true hero in the animal rescue world. How difficult it can be and the rewards behind the effort. How the attitude in parts of this country are reminders that there is still a long way to go in the treatment of our animals
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andy collado
Great Book
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melissa yank
I love and admire this man!! I loved the book about his journey!! Wonderful, enlightening and an entertaining read!!!
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aline ayres
Very insightful! I never knew how much went on behind the scenes of rescuing animals! It brought up so many emotions!
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martine
Wonderful book!
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trenton quirk
Great book and great cause.
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benjamin rosenbaum
Sometimes a hard read for animal lovers, but overall, a great story about a great man, Greg Mahle.
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tim todreas
Such a moving book and must read for all animal lovers. Makes me love and hug my rescue even more after reading about his journey.
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robin atkin
A good way to be educated about the dedication that goes into Rescue efforts.
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florence phillips
Dog rescue workers are a special breed of angels! This book opened my eyes to the world of rescue. Greg is a hero!
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vicent
It was very sad and happy too. Read it with a box of tissues by you.
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kymm
What an amazing man Greg is!
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hanna thornberg
Really great book.
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kay cooper
Will pull at your heart strings for sure. So sweet.
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zuleika
great book, buy it.
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debbie maccullough
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alina neganova
Such an amazing book about an amazing human being. It changed my thinking from having a purebred dog to looking for a rescue.
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kimber frantz
Sweet story about a favorite topic! Loved it!
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laima
Our family absolute love animals, especially dogs. A very heartwrenching novel.
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deeksha
Touching...well written.
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fatma e mana
Great read!
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rayjay
No greater journey was ever written about
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jan schoen
An absolutely amazing book! Gives a great, honest look into the rescue world. Takes you through the heartache of rescue to the joy of uniting those lucky dogs to their forever families. A fantastic read!!!
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h l wegley
Wonderful . I picked this book up a week before I had a dog transported by Greg. Swept right through it, and meeting the man was that much nicer. A must read book for any dog lover!
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peter dudley
Great and informative reading!
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lillian
one of the hardest and best books I have read. The cruelty to animals made e=me cry and hate what is being done to the, but this man and his helpers have the kindness and love of a Saint.
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madelinengo
Awesome book!!
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carol dumas
Amazing and enlightening account of one man's mission to save dogs from death. The behind the scenes heroes of rescuers, coordinators, and volunteers proves there are angels amongst us.
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raghuveer
This book filled my heart with sorrow and joy, but mostly joy knowing there are such wonderful, giving, loving people out there.
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erin saiof
Love it. Realistic look at the heartbreak and back break behind animal rescue.
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bruce
What a wonderful little book. For anyone who has rescued from the south or anyone considering it, a truly heartwarming tale of the selfless humans that make it all happen!
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dina fifadra
Delightful story of a dedicated man devoted to saving unwanted dogs
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bolosaholic
Excellent book! This story shows us how so very inspirational people pull together and save these beautiful dogs!
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susan pearce
A supremely written, honest and humbling view of the dog rescue world, it's saviors and contributors.
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heather moore
A very enlightening book. The author did a great job.
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ewelina jakuszko
Learned a lot from that book about rescuing dogs
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cathleen
Great read for all dog lovers!
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kelly bernier
Outstanding, entertaining, inspirational story. Very well written.
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crystal hartman
I love to see this kind of thing happening in my own state!! :)
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richard stevens
This is the very best rescue book that I have ever read! It is so heartfelt and honest! A true must read!
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kbeazer
Very enlightening view of dog rescue and the people who make it work.. Well written and a very enjoyable read for any animal lover.
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rob mentzer
Very informative and up lifting. A must read for all animal lovers.
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shantesh
This is a great book. I love it.
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leo passaportis
Super book about a great guy... must read for dog lovers!
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shiva devy
Best book in the entire world ever.
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bekah
Beautifully written story about rescue.
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jon farmelo
Very satisfied.
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barri bryan
Wonderful book
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aphroditereads
Very touching story if you are an animal lover -
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alphie
Great book!
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maddie ransom
Very heart warming, a real eye opener.
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bobbi ciz
Great book! Highly recommended!
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pamela viscomi yates
Excellent read.
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paulatina myers
Awesome!
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arul jude
Zheutlin fails when he extrapolates from what he actually observed. No kill does work. Most people involved in companion animal rescue know that for it to be achieved it must be coupled with spay/neuter, shutting down puppy mills and those who sell puppy mill puppies, and a shelter director and staff devoted to saving adoptable animals. There are many rescues that treat animals with medical conditions, two here in Bradenton, FL. They also rescue the so called bully breeds. These are the heroines and heroes of the rescue movement. Don't accept that these heroes are crazies. They are caring professionals doing a very hard job. Not even mentioning Nathan Winagrad and the no kill nation but denigrating and dismissing no kill does not lend itself to credibility.
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kathy mcc
Not only does this book tell the story of Greg and his road trips, but it explores the sad status of way too many dogs in the south. Very informative and heart warming.
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patti mcallister
Fantastic book for learning more about the tireless people who help dogs get to good homes. Well written, interesting and informative.
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stephania
This book is a must-read for animal lovers, owners of rescue dogs, and anyone considering adopting a rescue dog.

The number of dedicated people across the country who devote time, effort, and money to saving the lives of thousands of dogs that would otherwise be put to death in shelters who are described in this book are true heroes. Not only do they save the lives of these dogs, they help match them to new forever homes and temporary foster homes where they can be nursed back to health in order for them to eventually make it to their forever home. The amount of work involved in this is astounding from maintaining websites, vetting applications for prospective new owners, to going out and finding and choosing which dogs are considered to be adoptable and knowing that they can't save them all. The descriptions of the conditions of many of these shelters and neighborhoods are often appalling, and it is heartbreaking to read of the many dogs that cannot be saved.

The author traveled along the long and unglamorous road that many of these dogs take from being rescued from shelters and streets in southern states to the eventual road trip to the mid-Atlantic states and beyond to their new families. The determination of the volunteer workers and the driver of the truck for "Rescue Road Trips" keep the flow of rescues going despite the foul weather, the apathy and sometimes hostility of public officials, and the tight budgets all for the big payoffs of "Gotcha Days" when the dogs are united with their adopting families.

There is a list of organizations at the end of the book with contact information for those readers who would like to help these volunteers with their efforts to save more dogs and to help keep the "Rescue Road Trips" on the road.

Recommended.

A free copy of this ebook was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes.
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karlton
Interesting topic but it was too much detail, kind of over and over. Got so tedious that I quit reading about 2/3 through. Some of the people involved in rescuing dogs are true heroes, like the folks I this book. I had no idea how much they sacrificed to do this.
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chad helder
Everyone should educate themselves and read this. Happy and heartbreaking. Sad what
humans will do to animals.
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gabrielle moss
I was hoping for a good read about the rescuing of dogs and the logistics associated with transporting so many dogs. What I got was an author, from the North, who obviously felt superior to anyone from the South, except for a few he met while interviewing for the story. Perhaps if he took the time to met more people from the South, he would like them, too. Just a thought. He tried to develop the characters, but did a very poor job. After many hours with the people in the book, he was unable to tell me much about them. Even the main person of the book is poorly developed, let alone the others. The timeline of the book was also disjointed and very difficult to follow. It jumped around without warning or any need to do so. Poorly researched as well. He once referred to an extreme case of heartworm disease as "inoperable" when an operation or surgery is never the protocol for treating heartworm disease in dogs. He referred to inmates from a jail who are deployed outside the jail as workers in the community as "trustees" but that is incorrect- they a "trusty."
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iamwaj alfawaz
I was listening to this book and it just didn't capture my interest. I have read other books on similar topics but I just couldn't get into this one.
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mary terrani
The information was very much what was expected from this book.
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mick ridgewell
I just finished this book and it is an eye-opening, true story about dog rescue. This book includes the good, the bad and the ugly of rescue. It is written by a journalist who spends time down south observing, helping and documenting all of the aspects of how rescue works. He follows many different people and lets the reader experience the harsh reality of how dogs are treated by many in the south. He then rides and helps on a transport truck with RRT (Rescue Road Trips) and learns about the transport through the owner, Greg. He gets to experience the excitement of the adoptive families as they meet their dog for the first time. Many of my foster dogs have come to RI on RRT and Greg is a wonderful man. This book truly moved me and makes me want to do more for the poor dogs that suffer. I am happy to be a small part of the rescue chain that brings these dogs to adoptive families, but more can be done.
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judy roth
I hated that this book ended. I wanted to learn more about Greg, Keri, Tommy, Tom, Kathy and all of the other folks who keep this rescue operation going from Ohio to Louisiana to Texas back to Louisiana and across the southeast until Gotcha Days in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. And I'm not even an animal person.

To be honest, not sure how I ended up with this book recommended to me but it's wonderful. From small town Zanesville, Ohio where we meet Greg, Adella, Connor and Tommy to Keri in Louisiana and Kathy and Tom outside Houston. This truly is a miracle network. As Greg said, hours ago, these dogs would have died and they were given new life in their forever homes. It's amazing and somewhat frightening to realize how many dogs need problems and that even an improved euthanasia rate is still a heartbreakingly large number of animals dying

I'm so glad the author adopted Albie from Labs4Rescue which led to the article in Parade and then this book. I felt as if I got to know these people and their dogs. I wish I had space to adopt because so many animals need homes.
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jen mason
A deeply layered, wonderful, at times heart-wrenching, and inspiring look at the world of animal rescue and the tireless efforts of the selfless volunteers that go the distance for the rescue dogs in their midst. The author does a great job of blending his time on the road with dog-rescue hero (and what a hero he is!) Greg Mahle with countless insights into the harsh world of life on the streets for dogs trying to survive in the deep South and the rescuers who devote their lives to saving them. I was shocked to see the similarities of dog neglect and abuse that parallel what we contend with in the Four Corners region with all of the homeless strays wandering the reservations here. Different part of the country but same plight in many ways. We've fostered many dogs over the years and have several "Rez Rescues" of our own so I could really identify with the struggles mentioned in the book and I applaud the author for shining the light on the importance of all the valiant, behind-the-scenes rescue groups.
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shylie
As the owner of a rescue dog myself, I can attest to the happy ending that awaits these animals at the end of their journey. Until reading this book, I was unaware of the enormity of the number of unwanted and abandoned dogs in need of transport to forever homes and better lives. By traveling the road himself and interviewing the people involved, Mr. Zheutlin has shed new light on this shameful problem. The excellently written story will touch the heart of any animal lover. It can break your heart at times, but it will also spawn tears of joy.

Not all heroes wear a uniform and have a chest full of medals. But they all help save lives. This book is a tribute to a dedicated group of caring individuals who work tirelessly and unselfishly to insure the survival of man's best friend.

I was fortunate enough to meet the author and found that we are of like minds. Please make adoption your first option.
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lex ruggiero
This book tells an important story with personal experience and hard data. I live in Minnesota, and many of the rescue organizations I know have dogs coming up from the south -- now I know why.

Thank you for profiling these wonderful people and the work they do. I've already recommended this book to several friends.

Those of us with rescue dogs don't know the back stories of our pals, and we're acutely aware that they might be harrowing. To a person, we're committed to giving these dogs -- and cats -- the lives they deserve, with love and the best health we can provide.

Reading this at work made me come home.and hug my Lia a little harder.
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renata
Boring!!!!!!!!! I read a few chapters and decided to call it quits. I love animals, dogs and cats in particular, but this was just boring to me. Sorry!
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meredith solomon
Peter Zheutlin goes along with Greg Mahle on his journey from the South to the North bringing rescue dogs to their forever homes. Throughout the book he also visits with other volunteers along the way who run shelters, foster dogs, bring food and medicine to dogs, etc. This was an incredible story about all of the volunteers who do everything they can to rescue dogs from being euthanized and make their lives better. It is amazing to read about these volunteers who put so much time, money, and love into making sure as many dogs as they can help have a better life.

Before reading this book I knew a little bit about dog rescue, in particular dogs coming up from the South because one of my dogs was originally from Tennessee. While, I knew these dogs were transported in trucks and were being rescued from kill shelters that was about the extent of my knowledge. I never knew how much actually went into saving all of these dogs. In addition, I didn’t know the extent of the overpopulation problem in the South. It was informative and heart-breaking to hear about how dogs are viewed and treated in the South. It made me so grateful for all the volunteers working so hard to provide a better live for these dogs, even if it is as simple as giving them food or medicine.

Zheutlin did an excellent job sharing the work of all of these volunteers by showing just how much they do. He also really highlighted just how big of a problem the over-breeding of animals and the lack of spaying and neutering. So in addition to this book showing the day to day tasks of rescue organizations, it also is educational on the problems that still need to be taken care of. I found myself crying at many parts, whether they were sad or happy tears. While parts of this book are hard to read and heart-breaking, it is inspiring to read about the volunteers trying to fix this problem one dog at a time and the people who adopt rescue dogs.

I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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lorraine
Amazing story (stories) about a selfless man, along with many others, who intend on keeping as many dogs alive and with "forever families" as possible. What he, and others, go through to accomplish this is nothing short of fantastic. This man does all this on his own, travels the miles, takes care of the dogs, all the way through the journey until the dog is placed. I think the history of the South and how they, generally speaking, think of their dogs was revealing. Good book.
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peter s
I almost never read through anything in one sitting, but Rescue Road was an exception. It's a well- written, often very affecting narrative about just a small slice of the animal rescue "culture." Peter Zheutlin's tale of not just Rescue Road Trip's Greg Mahle, but the seemingly dozens of other "invisible" people who make it possible for Greg to deliver thousands of unwanted southernb dogs to forever homes in the north, is not sentimentally crafted -- he doesn't hit you over the head with the appalling statistics - but I found it impossible not to be deeply moved by the work these people do and how much is still to be done. Mr. Zheutlin's journalistic background serves him well throughout. The facts are there and whatever editorializing he might be tempted to do is done by the story and the facts themselves. Thoroughly enjoyed this!
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chinmayi
As an animal lover I found the book to be excellent. The author really brings attention to the plight of shelter dogs and the people he met that made a difference in their lives. I have a profound new respect for everyone involved in animal rescue. I also really like how he lists resources so that the reader can find ways to connect and help should they so choose to do so. Hopefully the writer gives some of the profits from the sales of the book to the programs he wrote about.
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ren e r
To me this represents the best of the human spirit. The best of careful consideration on the treatment of a 15,000yr relationship. It represents the beauty of the spirit that comes giving your time into something that may have been abandoned. If you look at the harh wonder of the world and than see this. The juxtaposition is breathtaking and possible. It shows that you can utilize choice to build a dream and share a dream.
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baillie
I found it very "dry". The subject is interesting and the logistics of what these rescuers do is a story that is well worth telling; I just felt that the writing wasn't as entertaining as it needed to be in order to make the digestion of all this information more palatable and to get this story more widely read. I found myself losing interest and skipping over big sections where the writing was so dry.
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atieh
If ever there was dogged determination, it is in every page of this book. I worship my southern fierce rescue angels. Their story is one of courage and love. They are emptying the ocean with a teaspoon and never give up. Rescue needs and deserves all the support it can get. Read this book! Share it with friends! Adopt! Don't shop!!
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joley
This is a beautifully written documentary behind the scenes of dog rescue in the United States. When my husband and I adopted our own rescue dogs - three of them, each from different parts of the south and through different rescue organizations, we always wondered what went on behind the scenes, and what is life really like for the people who give up these beloved animals, and what is the journey really like for the dogs - from their lives in the south to their forever homes. More important is the chain of events and the hundreds of incredibly dedicated volunteers who identify the dogs, take them into foster care, provide sometimes heroic veterinary care, and arrange for their transport on one of the few lucky spots on the trucks of unbelievably dedicated people who drive and care for them on the long arduous journey from the south to northern states. This book is a must read for anyone who has adopted a rescue dog or is contemplating it.
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jess griffis
A must-read for anyone interested in the process of rescue. The author takes us on a journey that is very personal, enlightening, at times sad, but ultimately focuses on the hope for a wonderful life for every rescued dog. We are introduced to dedicated people involved in every step of the process--the unsung heroes--in addition to Greg Mahle whose vision has led him to coordinate the logistics for, and then transport, thousands of dogs to their new homes.
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glennis
Having a rescue dog (puppy mill survivor) myself I was particular interested in reading about how dogs are transported from the South to the North and why there is an overpopulation of dogs in the South. This book answered my questions and then some. It was interesting to see the operation involved with rescuing, transporting, and adopting dogs. There were a few times I found myself on the verge of tears due to some of the dog's stories and their situations but I was also happy to read about so many happily ever after stories. Kudos to everyone involved in the book especially Greg and the volunteers of the rescue organizations. I don't know how you do it, but thank you. If you're curious about the world of rescue or why there is an overpopulation of dogs in the South, this is definitely the book for you.
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karen bungar
I listened to this book on audible. What a wonderful book! I actually looked forward to my walks. My Chili came from the efforts of Shaggy Dog Rescue and rode to with the fabulous Greg to Connecticut... Zheutlin did a wonderful job chronicling the good, bad, and ugly of all the hard work that goes into pet adoption and placement. Kathy Wetmore, Greg, and Tilani are among the unsung heroes of saving neglected dogs. A great read and a fabulous gift for any dog lover.
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jacalyn roberton
Although the book deserves 5 stars for covering the topic, I am deducting 4 stars for the tunnel vision of the author. Every page of this book dealt with dogs rescued from conditions varying from unpleasant to horrible, but there was not one chapter, not even one PAGE about what is being done to prevent the enormous problem of pet overpopulation. Surely there must be research into pet birth control. I refuse to believe that in 2017 the only options are antiquated procedures that require incisions, sutures/staples, prophylactic antibiotics, neck cones, pain meds, movement restrictions, etc. I have been told that half of a vet's income relies on vaccinations and sterilizations. If the veterinary network is as powerful as the AMA, any nonsurgical options will be squashed. My heart breaks for the millions of dogs who aren't wanted and spend their lives suffering needlessly. When will we wake up?
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kristen
I pre-ordered Rescue Road back in June, I believe, and when it arrived in late September I devoured it immediately. Peter totally captures the myriad of emotions involved in dog rescue throughout the book. I read through tears at the plight of so many southern dogs and with continued gratitude for Greg Mahle, April Reeves and the countless volunteers involved in bringing us our RRT alumni, Gypsy and Tucker (formerly Caffery). A huge thanks to Peter for putting his life on hold to actually make a rescue road trip with Greg. I am jealous as that is a bucket list item for me. I cry like a baby every time I watch a "gotcha day" video from Rocky Hill, CT as I remember how powerful Greg's words, "thanks for saving a life" were to my husband and me as he handed Gypsy and Tucker to us in Windham, NH, in both 2009 & 2010. This is a must read for all who, not only love dogs, but love those true heroes who do such selfless work. I look forward to attending one of the book talks in southern NH!
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julee
just finished the book and found it impressive and very informative. Did shed a few tears on some of the pages .Please if you love dogs and would like to help to ease the plight these southern dogs face each and every day of their life you can do so. On the last pages of the book are listed the rescue groups who are working with Greg and his team .Thank you Peter for sharing your well documented Rescue Road with us.
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tomas
I can't say enough good things about this book and about Greg and Rescue Roadtrips. Greg has transported several of my foster rescues north to their fur-ever homes, so I know his story first hand. My sweet "Happy" boy was able to make it from the street of Louisiana where he was an abandoned, abused and homeless to his new happy home in Virginia.
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michele campbell
I couldn't put this book down til I finished it! Being the mom of a rescue dog, I thought I had an idea about rescue work. I was wrong! In this book, Peter made it easy for the reader to get a feeling of what rescuers face on a daily basis, and told it in a way that will tug at your heart.
Great book!
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karen jennings
Great book! I am a volunteer for Labs4Rescue who use Greg Mahle's transport. Doing the volunteer work I do up here in New England I had an idea what goes on down south, but this book made it real and opened my eyes to even more reasons we should adopt dogs out of the south. And I knew Greg was a dedicated, respectable, honest and caring person but had no idea what he goes through each week for the love of dogs. Amazing! Great writing Peter Z.
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dan plaza
I have adopted two dogs from NOLA Dachshund Rescue in New Orleans and Greg brought them both to me. I think he is wonderful. This story is very well written, (be sure to have tissues ready), and I am grateful to Greg and his gang, all the people in the South who are helping make a difference and to Peter, who is a very good author.
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emma p
This book was so great, the Journey all these Dog Rescue groups do everyday is so inspiring the hard work and dedication is amazing. Since I'm involved in dog Rescue it really hit home just how many dogs are in need of Rescue, yes not all dogs can be saved but with the help of People like Greg and his group thousands will get there Forever Homes.
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afnan
great read
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lyn polk
If you want to know the heart and soul of rescue in this country you should read this book-I am convinced that angels watch over the weekly journeys that Greg makes and have prayed for him and the dogs many times before-the dogs do KNOW they have been saved and that is magical and transforming-not only for the dogs-As the saying goes "Who rescued whom?" Read this excellent book!!
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rey mehr
Learned so much I did not know about abused dogs and transfer to forever homes and all the work, people involved for a successful outcome.
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charlsie russell
Outstanding! Heart warming....heart breaking. If you ever pondered a rescue dog, or already are fortunate enough to have one...this book is for you! Very informative and eye opening. A fantastic book!
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maria
A wonderful life affirming story of exceptional people and dogs. Well written with great emotional depth. A must read.
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michael loynd
I highly reccomend this book for anyone who would like to know more about rescuing dogs. Peter Zheutlin makes you feel like you are on the road with Greg Mahle every step of the way. The sacrifice of so many people to make sure that dogs find their perfect homes is well documented throughout!. A truly excellent read through and through.
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kristen romanowski
Couldn't put it down for a minute and hope you get a chance to read it. I was surprised at how much work goes into saving one unwanted animal.
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bridget ortiz
A great book for dog lovers, animal lovers and good people! I learned how much work, love and effort that goes into just one dog being rescued from abandonment, neglect and abuse. The story travels all aspects of rescue along many miles to many loving homes in a tractor trailer heading north.
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rosalva
Loved Rescue Road! It's amazing what great passion is anonymously infused into the rescue of each and every 4 pawed soul!
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