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Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure Hardcover – July 23, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250014697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250014696
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Carpenter, the lawyer-hero of several of Rosenfelt’s crime novels, is an unabashed dog lover who will go out on a limb to rescue a mutt in trouble. He gets that from his creator, who has amassed a large family of rescued dogs over the years—25 of them, to be exact, all of whom, as recounted in this frequently very funny book, were recently piled into three RVs and moved cross-country, from California to Maine. But this isn’t just the story of the world’s furriest road trip; it’s also the saga of how Rosenfelt met the woman who would become his wife and who, with her passion for dogs, changed Rosenfelt’s life in ways he couldn’t possibly have imagined. Fans of the Carpenter novels will recognize the author’s familiar writing style: relaxed and lightly funny but serious when the moment calls for it (as when Tara, Rosenfelt’s wife’s dog, dies: those pages will bring a tear to a dog-lover’s eyes). Spirited and absolutely absorbing reading for fans of canine capers—both fictional and otherwise. --David Pitt

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"When was the last time you laughed out loud? When is the last time you cried tears of genuine sadness? When was the last time you did both while reading a 260-page memoir? Dogtripping is a delightful romp through [the] adventures — and misadventures — of running a dog rescue...As a dog lover, it's hard to know whether his stories will resonate with those less fond of his furry four-legged friends, but because Rosenfelt very well could be the funniest American author alive today, it's certainly worth a try. He's charming, likable, self-deprecating, self-aware and utterly hysterical. Be careful where you read this one because you could invoke serious stares from strangers who may think you've lost your mind. If it's been too long since you enjoyed a funny, sweet, romantic tale, read this book."—Associated Press

"A story as poignant as it is hilarious."—Library Journal (starred review)

"A warmhearted winner."—Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of the Carpenter novels will recognize the author's familiar writing style: relaxed and lightly funny, but serious when the moment calls for it...Spirited and absolutely absorbing reading for fans of canine capers—both fictional and otherwise."—Booklist

"Dogtripping is a book that will make you laugh, cry, and want to adopt a dog from the nearest shelter—all on the same page. Rosenfelt's extraordinary narrative style makes it fantastically easy to read in one sitting; in fact it's difficult to put down. Dogtripping contains Rosenfelt's signature style, filled with self-depracating comments and wry humor. It's funny, poignant, and at times, downright sad. In short—it's wonderful." —The Examiner

"An uplifting story that exemplifies the compassion and dedication which are at the heart of the selflessness, serious work, and vital importance of rescue, told with humor and a refreshing sense of self-deprecation."—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love

"Dogtripping is a hoot! Laugh out loud funny, heartfelt and courageous, David Rosenfelt penned a gleefully sideways addition to the adventure travel canon."--Steven Kotler, bestselling author of A Small Furry Prayer and Abundance

"Dogtripping is an affectionate and witty journey."—Luis Carlos Montalván, New York Times bestselling author of Until Tuesday

"Dogtripping contains a lot of great words—but my favorite is the one that David Rosenfelt refuses to write. He does not know the meaning of ‘unadoptable.’ His dedication to dog rescue infuses every page with life’s greatest lessons, of love and caring."—Kim Kavin, author of Little Boy Blue

 


More About the Author

David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. "Open And Shut" was his first novel; "First Degree," his second novel, was named a best book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs.

Customer Reviews

Read the book for laughs, tears, and fun.
Betsy H. Zern
I have enjoyed reading all of his books but this one was so funny, so many of his stories ring true when you love animals and share your life and heart with them.
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I highly recommend this book to any and all dog lovers!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amy Leemon VINE VOICE on July 25, 2013
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How did a single non-pet owning male end up on a cross country trip with 3 RV's, 25 dogs and 9 volunteer helpers? He met the right woman and his life was never the same. David's wife Debbie is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to dogs. Together she and David have saved 4000 dogs and they've only just begun.

I am very enthusiastic about this book because it has everything. It's a love story between David and Debbie and every dog they've ever met. It's funny because David looks at life with a sense of humor and its filled with stories of many well-loved pets who are allowed and encouraged to have their own personalities. In the Rosenfelt house, Dogs Rule - which is just the way it should be.

To top it off, its the story of a journey few would attempt - a move across country with 25 dogs. With a lot of planning and help from some extraordinary volunteers, it was accomplished with no trauma to the dogs. To David Rosenfelt, maybe but the dogs are now blissfully enjoying life in Maine.

Included are pictures of the pets. They're all beautiful but Wanda and Benji especially crack me up. For pictures of the trip itself, go to Woofabago 2011.

One side note, while David is on a book signing tour, Debbie found 2 more dogs to rescue. I love that woman!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JB on July 23, 2013
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I have read all the Tara books and have both the Kindle and hardback versions so I had to try this one. The same writting style made this book an enjoyable read.... made me laugh, cry and confirm that I am not the crazy dog lady my husband thinks I am with only five dogs (four goats - all rescues) in my life. We call it a "5 dog night" as our bed is cozy with noses and tails. We have 2 shihtzus, one rat terrier (all terrier for sure)a blue tick healer springer spaniel mix (the crazy one) and a mutt of unknown origin who was abandoned by his people who moved out of their house and left the dog. I would have signed up for that road trip in a heartbeat given the chance. God bless them for the love and caring they provide these dogs. Any dog lover will LOVE this story. If I'm ever in Maine - we live in Washington State so odds are against me - I'd love to visit. Get this book you won't be dissappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BarbaraT on July 29, 2013
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I'm not even completely finished with the book yet but I love it and wanted people to know to buy it. David Rosenfelt is one of the funniest most genuine authors I have ever read. I love his books and Dogtripping is one of my all time favorites.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on July 29, 2013
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As a fan of Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series, I couldn't resist this non-fiction "woof-a-bago" adventure. I was well rewarded and read it in just a couple of sittings. I must admit at the start that I am a "cat person," but I fell in love with all of the dogs this wonderful man and his wife have brought into their lives. While the book is about the trip from California to Maine - zany, laugh-aloud funny, heartwarming - he intersperses the journey with chapters about individual dogs, how they came to be with them, and what great dogs they are. I don't think he's met one that wasn't.... Also, Rosenfelt writes about his feelings about rescue organizations, shelters, animal horders, euthanasia, all without ever preaching or sounding smug. He has a wry tone and pokes fun at himself at every opportunity. I can't say enough about the pleasure this book gave me. There are a lot of good people in this world, but David and Debbie Rosenfelt have got to be among the best. Buy this one for yourself and for every animal lover you know!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrice on August 21, 2013
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I think David Rosenfelt is charming in his self-deprecation. I enjoyed the stories of the dogs' backgrounds, which acted as inter-chapters between the story of the trip across country with 25 dogs. Sometimes, though, I felt that I was reading a report. Perhaps he uses the words 'wonderful' and 'great' too often. I still liked the book, though, and ended up with a deep respect for the work of animal rescuers, and I plan to read at least one of his novels about Andy, the private detective, and his dog Tara.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori VanDerScheer on August 2, 2013
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David, and his wife decide to move their dog rescue from California to Maine. Eleven volunteers, three RVs, and 25 dogs later they are on their way. Dog Tripping tells the story of their cross country adventure. Also included are stories of some of the dogs they rescued. It was a fun book that ended all too soon.
It was kind of hard to read about the conditions that some of the dogs were rescued from. But it was still a book any dog lover would enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D_shrink VINE VOICE on August 11, 2013
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This is a wonderfully told humorous road trip story about a couple, the author David Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie, plus 11 true friends who helped them moved their 25 rescued dogs of various lineages from Orange County, CA to near Damariscotta Lake, Maine using three rented RVs in 2011.

As the author says early in the story on page 4, "[T]he difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude. That's how I knew I was in for an ordeal."

In self-deprecating and humble style the author states that 25 is probably the smallest number of dogs they had at any one time in the ten years prior to their cross country adventure, with 42 being the maximum number and 31/32 being about the average. He also gives full credit to the other males in his party as being real men, while he generally portrays himself as a bit of a nebbish in the vein of Woody Allen.

The author and Debbie started a non-profit dog rescue called the TARA Foundation in honor of Debbie's best dog of all time, a golden she still longs for. David and Debbie keep Tara alive by writing her into his Andy Carpenter series in which Tara started off as a 7yo Golden and elven years later has only aged to 9yo. The author says she will never get serous sick or hurt in his novels, nor will she ever die, but she may miraculously get younger if it suits him. :)

An idea of the clean type of humor told throughout the book is the experience the author had in trying to book some rooms outside Salt Lake City prior to the move back East. When the motel clerk told him there would be a 50.00/pet cleaning deposit for each dog under 30 pounds and 75.
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