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Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs Paperback – August 1, 2005

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"Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet (1-59228-140-0, $19.95) by Elise Lufkin with photos by Diana Walker is a collection of short pieces about people's experiences rescuing dogs from miserable existences. While the stories end happily, the depth of feeling from the people narrating their tales brings tears to the eyes." --Publishers Weekly's


"Second Chances: More Found Dogs is one of those transcendent books that clearly shows the big division of the human race--those who understand animals and those who can't or won't. Each story in these pages is a mini morality tale, through which we meet some very interesting people from all walks of life who look with empathy beyond their own kind, give generously asking nothing in return, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Published in time for Christmas, this book represents the true spirit of Christmas. All pet owners should read it. Animal lovers will love it."-- Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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Millions of dogs and puppies are abandoned each year, resulting in a world filled with stray dogs of all breeds and sizes. Many of these strays come to a bad end, but every now and then a stray dog is found by a compassionate person-whether picked up on the street or picked out from an animal shelter-and given a second chance. These dogs are special. And so are the people who have chosen to give them a second chance. Found dogs-sometimes rescued from death's door-become beloved members of families, giving affection, companionship, and solace. They become productive members of society as service dogs, therapy dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs. Observers might say that these dogs are lucky, but often the people who have adopted them think that they are the lucky ones.
Second Chances is full of wonderful photos and words by people who have given dogs a second chance. Celebrities including Mikhail Baryshnikov and Oscar de la Renta, as well as everyday heroes who have found dogs of all sorts-from sleek greyhounds to scruffy mutts-share their tales of discovery and canine-human friendship. Second Chances is a tribute to these extraordinary dogs and their people. It is a testimony to the gift of love and salvation. And, in each case, it is difficult to say just who has saved whom.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592287476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592287475
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
rockysfunddogrsq - Author of Dogs' Letters to goD: Rescued Dogs Talk to the Creator (available here on Amazon). As an active member of the dog rescue community, this book made my heart soar with hope for our beloved canine companions and with pride in the people who chose the adoption option when searching for a companion. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The photos are excellent and touch the heart. The text is uplifting, but does not spare the reader from the sometimes harrowing and heartrending circumstances that lead to these "second chances". A must read!
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Annother wonderful and heartwarming account of dogs who grabbed their " Second Chance ". If you have read the Elise Lufkins and Diana Walkers first book, you do not want to miss this one. The storys a even more detailed, and the thought that there are people who care so much seem to make life in general a bit more worhtwhile. Again Diana Walker provided photos that touch your soul, and the passion and love for their subject is in every of Mr. Lufkins words.
I did get my dog from a local shelter and can only join in the praise of loyalty and love that these dogs give us. Get this book and share the storys - and even you might consider that a stray can give you heaven on earth - and you can do the same for him !!!
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I originally bought Found Dogs : Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet and fell in love with the book. One of our kids Miles is a rescue dog and I can definitely relate to the stories in that book and this sequel.

This book is twice as big as the first and the stories are just wonderful. The stories are pretty much everyday people telling their tales of giving dogs a second chance at a great life. It made me feel great to know that there are others in this world who take care of their dogs as much and sometimes as nutty as my husband and I do :). If you've got a furry friend, this book is SO worth it - another 2 paws up from this pack!
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Unconditional love of dogs...even those that have been thrown away like yesterday's trash. Wonderful stories of second chances, unconditional love a thousand times over. Keep a box of Kleenex handy, it's a tear jerker.
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Having spent many years volunteering in animal shelters, I have had the privilege of witnessing homeless or abandoned animals find a forever home before my eyes. It is hard to articulate the satisfaction that arises from watching a desperate animal, an animal you have watched for months, even years, finally find someone to love and go home with. It is a fiercely humbling and awe inspiring experience and it lead me to discovering Elise Lufkin's books. I read her first book 'Found Dogs' many years ago and then I found this extraordinary sequel. Second Chances is essentially the same format as 'Found Dogs'. It is written by a myriad of people from all walks of life and like its predecessor it includes celebrities which probably offers it wider appeal in this insanely celebrity obsessed culture. In the beautifully written forward Jamie Lee Curtis ponders the old adage about 'dogs being man's best friend' and she finds it inequitable. Since the dictionary describes the word friend as being "Someone who one knows, likes and trusts" Ms. Curtis wonders why so many dogs who are completely devoted and who love so unconditionally are often neglected or discarded or even abused by humans who are meant to treat the dog with reciprocal love and respect. It's a very good question -- a question I often pondered when I witnessed 10 year old dogs being abandoned by their owners for reasons that were often petty and senseless. The stories in 'Second Chances' (each essay written by the owner) often describe the condition of the dogs before they were rescued or adopted and they can be extremely harrowing and heartbreaking. But the focus is mainly on the on the dog's life with his new owner -- the miraculous transformation that occurs once the animal is brought home and given his second chance.Read more ›
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The stories in this book are wonderful. The various backgrounds from which the dogs came from are heartbreaking, but the 'second chance' portions of these stories are very heartwarming. Every animal lover should read this book.
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This book was given to a special friend that loves dogs so much she adopted one. Her dog brings her much happiness and their story could be included in this sweet book. I recommend it for all dog lovers.
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This book is full of profoundly moving stories, both heart-rending and heart-warming, and it is beautifully photographed. The author donates all the profits from her books to humane organizations to help rescue and rehabilitate abused and abandoned pets so that they can find new, loving homes. So if you love animals, buy it for yourself, your family, and your friends; you'll be glad you did!
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