Digital List Price: $14.95
Kindle Price: $9.99

Save $4.96 (33%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life by [Wolf, Steven, Padwa , Lynette]
Kindle App Ad

Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 419 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$9.99

Length: 273 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Editorial Reviews

Review

Hudson News Best Books of 2012

(Hudson News)

Shelf Awareness’s Top Ten Best of 2012 for nonfiction

(Shelf Awareness)

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

(Booklist)

Review

“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


Product Details

  • File Size: 984 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616203234
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4Z1RMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By My 2 Cents VINE 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.
Read more ›
1 Comment 51 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
1 Comment 45 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
1 Comment 42 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Full disclosure: I'm not a dog person. Or rather...I WASN'T a dog person. Until my wife and I decided to get a greyhound. And now I'm a dog person. I used to be a cat person. Cats are low key and require minimal maintenance. Unlike dogs. Well, unlike MOST dogs. Greyhounds are like cats. They sleep a lot. But they're smarter and actually seem to like people.

My dog Jibber (racing name: Rooftop Jibber), is a doll. But she's no Comet. Steven Wolf's Comet is truly one of a kind. Wolf has a series of degenerative back issues. He adopted Comet, and she became his friend, protector, ally, and ultimately, his work-dog. I don't see Jibber having the patience to pull me up from a chair, or leaning on her when I lose balance.

"Hello. I am Comet. I choose you."

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Wolf nails the personalities and physical tendencies of this speedy breed. When visiting a foster farm to 'choose' his companion, Wolf describes the dogs running within a fenced in area:
"thigh muscles bunched, hind paws stretching toward shoulders, mud flying in their wake, individual dogs blurring into a mass of muscle that flowed like mercury."

In spite of the all the running, greyhounds are actually damned restful. They store their energy for when it's most needed: 5 minutes of frantic running, and 23 hours and 55 minutes and dedicated resting. Wolf learns quickly why greyhounds are also know as the couch potatoes of the dog world.

The first half of the book builds up the introduction and discovery process as Steven and Comet get to know each other. Steven exposes his own medically-driven needs and quirks, while detailing the trials of a greyhound learning to survive in a human world.
Read more ›
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life