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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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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A loving homage to our four-footed family members. If only everyone who reads this could rescue one animal... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Donald Macdonald
Rosenfelt interweaves the story of the trip (you'll have to read it to find out which trip) with stories of individual rescues he and his wife brought home. Read morePublished 13 days ago by S. Zimberoff
I loved this book!! Laughed a lot, cried too. I couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Betty Burkett
Love, love, loved this book. David Rosenfeld if articulate, accurate and really quite humorous in describing what many would think to be a trip no one would want to take. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Darby
If you are a dog lover, you're going to enjoy this book. Absolutely fascinating how Rosenfelt managed to transport all those dogs across the country. Run read.Published 1 month ago by Sue Owens
One of the best audio books I have ever listened to while driving. Dog lovers will enjoy this book.Published 1 month ago by FH