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Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself: A Man and His Dog's Struggle to Find Salvation Hardcover – November 6, 2013
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“Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself is for anyone who has ever thought of giving up. It is an extraordinary story not only of love, but of strength, perseverance, and above all, courage. Read it to be inspired. Read it if you love to see the underdog (human or dog) triumph!” (Kay Pfaltz, author of Flash’s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle)
“Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself is a sobering reminder of the cruelty that is prevalent toward not only animals, but among people, as well. Anderegg served as an angel to Riley and, in turn, Riley did what dogs do best. . . . Help us to heal.” (Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.)
About the Author
Zachary Anderegg joined the Marines after graduating high school and served from 1994–1998, achieving the rank of Sergeant E5. Since 2002, he has owned two successful businesses, Dream Catcher Yachts and The Wrench-It Center with his wife, Michelle. In 2010, he was exploring a slot canyon near Page, Arizona, when he found Riley. He has appeared with Riley and Michelle on Inside Edition, The Today Show, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pete Nelson received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has written for numerous magazines, including Harper’s, Playboy, and Esquire. He is the author of the novel I Thought You Were Dead and numerous nonfiction titles, including Left for Dead and That Others May Live. He resides in Westchester, New York.
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You should read this book for many reasons. If you're an animal lover, it's a no-brainer. The lengths Zak went to get this dog out of the canyon are pretty amazing. Those of us who are animal lovers understand why he did it. We know every time we do something to save just one dog, there are millions we can't help and it just seems endless.
Read this book if you were a victim of bullying or know someone who is. Zak provides insight into the endless hell he endured, and he should be commended for telling such a personal story.
Read this book if you want to learn something about confronting what seems like an impossible situation and solving it.
Once I began reading I couldn't put it down. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Right from the start of reading this book it became quite evident why Zak was "different". It doesn't surprise me that Zak Rescued Riley. I have to admit that a few times I had tears in my eyes. I came from a very compassionate and loving family. Quite different from Zaks. I was never bullied. I never bullied anyone. I was the one who stood by and watched the bullying and never did anything about it. To this day, 50 years later, I remember watching the bullying happen and just standing by. The guilt. I have gained a much better understanding of bullying and the affect this has on all whom are the recipents of this brutal tactic.
Thanks for sharing your story Zak and I will make sure my Grandaughters and all I can reach read this book. Very insightful.
There is great depth of emotions both good and bad that defies my limited abilities to describe. Just know that bullying is a national epidemic that must be dealt with as the consequences can be lifelong and devastating. Riley and his savior were meant to be together!