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Notes from a Dog Rescue in Progress [Kindle Edition]

Brian Beker
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Book Description

A panicked puppy in a Los Angeles shelter is deemed too terrified for adoption and scheduled to be killed. When a rescue volunteer frees her at the last minute, the little girl is 15 pounds underweight and covered with open sores, swollen ticks and thousands of fleas. Her ears are stuffed with blood and wax, her paws filled with concrete. The victim of severe neglect and confinement, her muscles are atrophied - even her tongue lolls in her mouth. It hurts her to walk more than a few feet, and she limps. She has chewed and licked through the skin on her limbs. Physical ailments can heal, but the greatest challenge will be to overcome what life has taught her about humans: that they are to be feared.

Named Roo, the puppy is randomly assigned to a volunteer foster parent with neither special skills nor experience with fearful dogs. He writes that he is, "just as scared as she is."

Notes from a Dog Rescue in Progress is the emotional and inspiring true story of Roo's journey and the powerful bond formed as she and her foster dad develop the trust and understanding to address her fears and problems one at a time. It's the story of an attempt to redeem an unredeemable dog.

This series originally appeared online, where it received nearly 20,000 likes, shares and comments, making it the most popular dog series of 2012. It is accompanied by 20 images and links to numerous videos and online resources.

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About the Author

Brian Beker wrote and directed Lines of Fire, the award-winning behind-the-lines documentary about revolution and heroin trafficking in Burma. It is in the permanent film collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Brian has published in The New York Times and elsewhere, conducted clandestine war zone investigation for Greenpeace, and recently directed the aviation documentary AERO. He owned and operated an open-cockpit biplane ride company based at Santa Monica Airport that made a lot of people happy. These days he is focused on making Roo happy while working on The Dog in the Clouds, a memoir about his white Labrador Orville, who appeared in the midnight storm clouds over Kathmandu two years before he was born on the Colorado prairie.

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  • File Size: 1366 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
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  • Publisher: Brian Beker; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story will warm your heart February 1, 2013
By Renee
Format:Kindle Edition
In the beginning of this story your heart will break for a beautiful young dog that was rescued by Brian. When she came to Brian he discovered how this poor animal had been mistreated both physically and emotionally. Then slowly Brian gains her trust as Roo slowly learns that she can trust her new human. The bond that forms is obvious. Tears of sadness in the beginning but with everyday, and with every accomplishment Roo makes those sad tears turn to happiness as the relationship between a man and his dog develops. This is a must read for all animal lovers, you won't regret it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and heartwarming story of Roo February 1, 2013
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"Notes from a Dog Rescue in Progress" is a story of heartbreak and joy, the story of Roo the Golden Retriever who comes from a place of fearing everything and grows into a beautiful girl still a little fearful, but also happy and learning to trust again. You will cry as you read, but you will also be left full of hope, and yes, love, for beautiful Roo as she continues on her journey. Be sure to watch the videos (there are links to them in the text) for a heartwarming view of this little girl and the progress she has made. This isn't a long story -- it's just the beginning, really, and I look forward to following Roo and her adventures for a long time to come.

By the way, if you check you will see that this is only my second book review. You may be a little skeptical because of the 5 star review, so I will tell you that I do not know the author and I did purchase the book and it was well worth the cost.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, funny, inspiring! February 1, 2013
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The story of Brian and Roo brings tears to my eyes with every page. Tears of anger at the inhumanity of those who would abuse and terrify a sweet, gentle, innocent puppy. Tears of sadness for a scared puppy in such horrific pain, both physical and emotional. Tears of joy for the love she has found with Brian and the bravery she shows every day, confronting the demons around every corner and each bright light. This is a story of hope, redemption and love, as two kindred souls learn to trust each other. I have read these stories several times now, and they never get old. I so look forward to continuing the journey with Roo and Brian as the travel the country in search of new adventures. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a dog.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and helpful February 2, 2013
By Cecile
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I totally agree with the other reviewers that this is a touching, heartwarming story. What made this book special for me, is that the author describes the first difficult days in minute details. It's almost a manual on how to act when bringing a flea ridden, extremely fearful and neglected dog home. What I learned e.g. is that Frontline (and maybe other flea meds too) makes fleas hyperactive before they die. So 18 hours after applying it, poor Roo had fleas crawling in and out of her eyes and all over her snout and face. After struggling a bit, she let Brian remove them.
Another problem was that Roo was very afraid of noises. Most dog training manuals would advise to ignore her behaviour, stating that if you show affection this will confirm to the dog that there's a reason to be afraid. Brian says that holding her and cooing at her seemed to help. And he describes how he slowly got her over her fear.
Of course there were more problems to solve, but I won't tell all the solutions. Just buy the book if you have a fearful dog and try Brian's methods. Or buy it just because you like a good story about a rescue dog and a warm hearted human.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for All Dog Lovers February 2, 2013
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I have been following this story for some time. This is a beautifully written story about the rescue and rehabilitation of one of the most emotionally damaged puppies I have ever heard of. You will cry and you will laugh at the trials of this wonderful dog and the incredible man who rescued her. Thank you Brian for making this story available to everyone.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that will touch your soul February 1, 2013
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Roo shows us that anything can be overcome. Her ongoing story is humbling and heart warming. I cried for her past and cheered as she made progress. Her story is our story, as humans. It shows the evil she endured. It highlights the good that is possible as Brian nurses her physically and mentally back to health.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching February 1, 2013
By Cynthia
Format:Kindle Edition
This is great story of a dog and her rescuer. You will fall in love with this dog within the first few pages.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for pet rescuers February 3, 2013
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If you care for animals and have adopted rescued animals, this is for you. If you foster rescues, you know thus story already. Bless you for what you do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the book and i still follow on blog
Published 2 days ago by donna horwood
5.0 out of 5 stars ... his compassion and skills for imaginary description of his...
Brian's understanding of these very humble but grateful creatures - the rescued dogs - his compassion and skills for imaginary description of his beautiful relationship with the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paulina
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and patience pays off.
I enjoyed the book we have a lab just like that looks exactly the same but she's always had a happy life I encourage people to read it and to enjoy it it's not too long of a book... Read more
Published 7 days ago by JR
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 8 days ago by Diane Vineyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Roo's Story
This was a Great Story! The writer was very descriptive making you feel you were there with them in every situation! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Snowy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story but in need of a little editing.
Published 12 days ago by Sue B.
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Dog Rescue in Progress" written by Brian Beker
I really liked this book; Mr. Beker had fostered many dogs prior to bringing Roo home.He nurtured this puppy with great love and care and time. It ends with him taking Roo home.. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Patricia-Clare Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good dog story
This was more like a short story than a book. Any dog lover will enjoy it.
Published 13 days ago by Judi K. Middleton
4.0 out of 5 stars BELOVED DOG
Brian Beker's love of and devotion to this badly damaged shelter dog. It is by turns encouraging and disappointing as he tries to heal Roo from ???? Read more
Published 13 days ago by Linda Lee Stronza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It's a very good book, a heartbreaking story but a great ending.
Published 15 days ago by Flynda R. Russette
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More About the Author

Brian's writing career began in his teens at a Manhattan weekly newspaper. Soon after, he became the youngest editor in the history of his college paper, but dissatisfaction with the type of content he was printing led to a strong urging on the part of the administration to complete his education elsewhere. He transferred to Columbia College, and at the same time trained as a pilot and earned his Airline Transport Rating.

As an intern for [MORE] Magazine, the most influential journalism review of its day, Brian investigated the rigging of the 1976 Pulitzer Prizes. Months of investigation led to admissions by the editors of the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and others of their part in the scandal. On the day the cover article was to hit the stands, Brian's editors informed him that the magazine had been sold to the Columbia Journalism Review (Columbia awards the Pulitzers), squashing the story and teaching Brian an invaluable lesson in how the world really worked.

With notions of getting revenge as a spy in the enemy's camp, Brian attended Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. His master's thesis, which investigated the joyride crash of a fighter jet and resulted in impressive threats from the Pentagon, led to his being talent-scouted by a Nationalist Chinese journalism professor for a job at the CIA, which he declined. It did, however, plant the seed for a lifelong fascination for stories in remote and dangerous places.

While trying to start out as a journalist in Asia, Brian was gravely injured when he was crushed in a jeep wreck in the Himalaya. An article he wrote for The New York Times about the accident and the difficulties of hospitalization in a Third World country held the record for column inches of response printed in the Travel Section. Perhaps it still does.

Soon after he he healed from those injuries and returned to work as a pilot, Brian became paralyzed. 23 doctors failed to diagnose what turned out to be a large tumor on the spinal cord. When that was removed, it seemed like time for something new. Brian shifted to documentary film. He wrote and directed "Lines of Fire," an award-winning film about revolution and heroin trafficking in Burma. It premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was selected as the opening night film for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary series in Los Angeles. [When it was shown on prime-time Australian television, Brian's narration had to be dubbed from English into Australian.] Lines of Fire was recently placed in the permanent film collection of MoMA/NY. The highest honor the film received, however, was a death sentence from Burma's military rulers.

Brian has conducted clandestine war zone investigation for Greenpeace. During that operation, he and his cameraman, Marcus Birsel, were captured by Burmese troops deep in the jungle, and escaped, unarmed, from a platoon of soldiers carrying rifles. He has worked as an assistant to director Bernardo Bertolucci, which involved a lot more yelling and screaming than being captured by the Burmese. Recently, Brian directed the aviation documentary AERO. In aviation, Brian owned and operated Black & White Biplane, an open-cockpit biplane ride company based at Santa Monica Airport that made a lot of people happy. He is currently writing about being adrift with his young Golden Retriever rescue, Roo, who is the subject of Notes from a Dog Rescue in Progress.

Brian's next book will be The Dog in the Clouds, a memoir about a dog who appeared as an apparition when the midnight storm clouds parted over Kathmandu. Brian searched for that exact dog for two years. It's the story of the dog he found, and how that dog helped him heal from a decade of life-altering injury, paralysis, and lingering confusion from a brain trauma that medicine couldn't address, but a dog could. It's the story of believing in a sign, and what happens when that sign comes true. Above all, it's about the magic that animals bring to our lives, and how that magic is always there for us to see, if only we look for it.

Brian's blog is The Dog in the Clouds, where new Roo stories, picture and videos are posted frequently.

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