From Library Journal
For years, Randy Grim, founder and executive director of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, has been trying to draw national attention to the literally millions of wild dogs that roam our city streets. He is ostensibly the subject of this book, but Roth, a political writer and native of St. Louis, ultimately focuses on the dogs themselves-which is exactly what Grim would want. Sympathetic but ultimately realistic, Roth acknowledges that these dogs often have major problems and would make good pets for only the most knowledgeable dog people. Yet as Roth describes how Grim was drawn into this crusade, the reader will begin to understand why he cares so much and feel hopeful that with such efforts the situation can indeed change. Despite his own emotional difficulties, Grim emerges as a caring, deeply committed individual whom the reader will like as much for his idiosyncrasies as in spite of them. In recounting one crusader's campaign, Roth does an excellent job of boiling down the nationwide problem of feral and stray dogs to its basic issues. Recommended for most public libraries and animal welfare collections.Alicia Graybill, Fairbury P.L., NE
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"An unforgettable and honest literary portrait of an unlikely hero." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A touching . . . portrait of a young man who has devoted his life to rescuing the street dogs of St. Louis, and a harrowing report on the plight of the millions of abandoned and stray dogs throughout the United States." --The Atlantic Monthly
“A deeply affecting portrait. Roth's poignant volume is an inspiring reminder that one person can make a difference.”--Seattle Times (2/23/03)
"The Man Who Talks to Dogs pulls back the heavy, shame-laced curtain on one of America's most heart-wrenching secrets: the horrific plight of millions upon millions of neglected, abused, and abandoned innocent animals and their struggle to survive against all odds. After reading Randy Grim's inspirational account of saving lives-one dog at a time-you will never again ask yourself whether one person can make a difference. By turns tragic and heartrending to triumphant and inspirational, this book will forever change the way you look at stray dogs." --Dan Dye, cofounder of Three Dog Bakery and coauthor of Amazing Gracie
"Randy Grim's reluctant, unlikely heroism saves more than just the abandoned dogs of his community: it should rescue all of us from those self-important hurdles and lame exemptions that keep us from being the compassionate people we mean to be."
--Michael J. Rosen, editor of Dog People and Company of Dogs
"The Man Who Talks to Dogs brings Randy Grim's lifesaving efforts to life, giving readers a sense of the urgency of his rescues, of the sorrow of seeing man's best friend abandoned to the harshest of conditions, and of the incredible ability of animals to teach humankind compassion. It provides a moving testimony to the depths of the human-animal bond and, more important, it calls each of us to become involved in this crucial endeavor."
--Richard Avanzino, President, Maddie's Fund
"With an unblinking eye, Melinda Roth shows us how Randy Grim fights his own inner demons in order to make the world a safer, better place for the strays of St. Louis. One determined man can make a difference. This is a powerful lesson for us all."
--Faith Maloney, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
"A fascinating book. It addresses the serious and neglected problem of feral dogs in our country. It also does a marvelous job of showing how each one of us can make a difference."
-Jean S. Greek, DVM, DACVD, coauthor of Sacred Cows and Golden Geese
[Grim's] courageous willingness to descend into the depths of animal-abuse hell and to emerge with survivors in his arms is a living testimony to the eternal truth that one person can make an enormous difference." -Michael Tobias, Ecologist, Filmaker, and Author
“With warmth, intelligence and lyrical detail, [Roth] shows us how Grim manages the stray rescues he’s now famous for.” --The Bark
"With warmth, intelligence and lyrical detail, [Roth] shows us how Grim manages the stray rescues he's now famous for." (The Bark