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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616203234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616203238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A powerful tale about life, family, and personal healing that reminds us all that greyhounds are love!” —Christine A. Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA

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“Everything you want a memoir to be: wise, moving, honest, and true. I loved it, and so will you.” —Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye

“The close bond between man and dog is only part of this absorbing tale of love, family and dealing with disability . . . A heartwarming story that will hold appeal far beyond just animal lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Told with abundant humor, humility, and a writing style as graceful as a greyhound, Comet’s Tale abounds with revelations of the way life surprises us. I loved this book!” —Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape

“The story of Steven Wolf and his rescuer, Comet, is one of the best I know. I’m glad Comet saved Wolf's life so he could write this marvelous book.” —Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series

“Both honest and heartwarming, and a wonderful salute to the power of man’s best friend.” —Booklist

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“Absolutely delightful! A very good book about a human whose life is transformed by a greyhound. Makes me want to adopt a greyhound right away!” —Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love

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If you love dogs, especially greyhounds, I would recommend reading this book.
S. Collins
Comet's Tale is a wonderful, heart warming story about the unconditional love between a man and an ex-racing Greyhound.
Tumeria
Comet is truly a wonderful dog and am so glad that Wolf chose to share their unique story with us!
Ashley Meyer

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm always a sucker for spirited animal stories so Comet's Tale seemed to be a good choice. It's a story about a physically broken man and an abused greyhound.

The author, Steven Wolf, a once physically active former attorney, had no choice but to retire early at the age of 42, when he was stricken with a debilitating spinal condition. Upon the suggestion someone he meets, he decides to adopt a retired racing dog who like many dogs of this breed, had been confined to a cage all of his life. The sad eyes of one particular greyhound, made the decision easy for him. Comet, was the former racing dog, and little did the author realize at the time, both desperately needed each other for different reasons.

Once adopted, Comet, the shy, mistrustful dog had to learn the very basics of what most dogs learn as puppies. Wolf had the patience necessary to teach Comet that not every human is to be feared and that there is a better world outside of the confines of a cage. As if the two were meant to be together, Wolf's health condition soon takes a downhill turn after adopting Comet. Before long the author soon needs more help with very basic tasks that many of us take for granted. It is at this point when Comet is taught to perform certain tasks, like those performed by other service dogs. Before long Comet becomes a valuable and necessary part of his daily life -- it's a touching experience to read about.

It's one of those stories where some unexpected misfortune strikes, and a decision must be made. We can either be depressed and grumble about the "lemons of life", or act to make the best of the situation and enjoy the "lemonade" instead.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michelle R on October 22, 2012
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I think I'd like to do this by listing the topics dealt with in order to give readers a feel for this book.

Greyhounds: Readers will emerge from this book with a good idea of the breed. Many people assume these to by hyper and aloof dogs, and the author explains that this is not the case. As an owner of a greyhound, I found this book to be an accurate portrayal of the breed, even though Comet had some additional traits that made her a perhaps better service dog than your average Greyhound. Bottom line: These are lovable couch potatoes, the laziest breed of all, with an almost zen like calm, and soulful "ancient" eyes.

Greyhound Rescue: Time is given to the importance of, and need for, Greyhound Rescue. These dogs have large litters and tracks only have an interest in the fastest of these dogs, and the ones that can be fast with the least fuss and care. Lots more greyhounds than will race, cheaper to get a new dog to run than to care for injured dogs. Many of these dogs die for no other reason than they're surplus -- young, healthy dogs.

The Bond Between Dog and Human: The reason that Comet was clearly such a natural service dog for the author is that she loved him, connected to him, intuited what he needed from her. She had patience for the author, because he needed her to be patient. She, in one story, made it clear that she would stand between him and harm.

Chronic Pain and Illness: The author spares little in sharing the issues involved in his degenerative back issues, and search for something that would alleviate the pain, and restore to him an engaged life.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. Hoffman on February 2, 2013
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As a "greyhound mom," I really wanted to love this story. I did love Comet, her greyhound antics, and, well, her very "greyhound-ness." I can't say I had warm and fuzzy feelings for most of the human characters in the book, however. Steven Wolfe is lucky to have been adopted and adored by Comet. I think he understands what an exceptional blessing she was in his life. I never got the feeling that the rest of his family valued Comet, and her contributions to Stephen's well-being. Frankly, the words self-indulgent, spoiled, and just a bit too "me-centered" came to mind more often than not while reading the book. Comet, with her pure greyhound soul, gave her all for Stephen in such a selfless and loving way. Would that the humans in this story had had just a little more heart, and a little more hound in them.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Conger on June 22, 2013
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I tried and tried to give this book a chance to grow on me but I had to drop it half way through, while I still had teeth. I have two greyhounds of my own and LOVE them with the passion of a thousand suns. I also volunteer with my local greyhound adoption group and attend the mid-atlantic social events. So you know I WANTED to love this book. I just couldn't. It's too dripping in pity, both for the dog and the man (the author) himself. I can understand the author's self pity - that's a natural phase of learning to cope with disability. But the completely crazy stuff he said about Comet seemed to come out of nowhere and made no sense. It sounded to me like the adoption group he got Comet from had given him no information about greyhounds whatsoever, so he misunderstood a lot of Comet's normal greyhound behavior.

For example, he mis-read her calmness and tail-down position as sadness. He gives ridiculous over-emotional descriptions of her like "wooden stare that reminded me of one of those deer heads mounted over a fireplace", and "her tail would droop between her legs and she would turn and slowly walk off, never once looking back at me, like a prisoner on death row."

He also makes wild assumptions that her behavior is the result of some abuse at the track, like "Maybe she acted that way because when she was left in her crate at the track, she never knew when or if her trainer would return. Eventually she was abandoned. Comet was probably convinced this life would be more of the same."

He also passes on information about track life that hasn't been true for years, like "The crates are stacked one on top of another [this is true] and don't have enough room for many of the larger animals to turn around or to stand with a raised head. [this is not true]" Mr.
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