To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission- Elise Lufkin
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This is a signed copy, inscribed, "Celebrating Motley Zoo- Elise Lufkin"

Animal-adoption advocate Elise Lufkin and Time photographer Diana Walker celebrate the bond between once-abandoned dogs and their adoptive humans in their first two heart-warming, collaborative books.

Their third collection, To the Rescue, takes those happing endings one step further. This book celebrates those remarkable “found” dogs (and one cat) who were rescued, sometimes literally from death row, who have gone on to become not simply contented pets, but therapy, service, and even highly trained search-and-rescue animals.

In these dogs, their human adopters found a spark of something exceptional: a wellspring of unconditional love, a drive to channel into a unique skill, or a disability that could inspire. Indeed, some of the dogs profiled are missing limbs, or are the survivors of severe abuse or neglect, but they fulfill their jobs with boundless enthusiasm.

To the Rescue features therapy dogs who visit nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice rooms. Some are patient reading partners for children. Others offer comfort and confidence to at-risk teens, and inspiration to injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Others are search-and-rescue dogs, hunting for human scent in avalanches, or helping investigators at arson sites and disaster sites—including the Pentagon after 9/11.

These brave animals have repaid the kindness of their rescuers in spades, bringing love, acceptance, hope, and solace to people in need. Once again, they raise the question: just who has rescued whom?

This book benefits Mike "Viper" Metcalf, a very scared little guy who was actually being attacked when the rescuer found him. He was plucked from the streets of Mexico to start a new life where he is loved and cared for- and will never again see the streets. He is timid, but we know there's a huge personality in that little body- and we look forward to getting to know him!

Reviews (as seen on Amazon):

"This is certainly continuing education about our best friends. Most dogs just want to please us and understand us. So many dogs have so much to give us. It takes very special dogs (and their humans) to be therapy dogs. This is a very satisfying mix of stories of dogs who repay their rescuers exponentially."- J. Power

"All of the dogs in this book are rescues, coming from a variety of unusual (and often unsavory) backgrounds. They were all "throwaways" but they've gone on to help people in a remarkable variety of ways. The different ways these dogs help people was what surprised me most - search-and-rescue dogs, therapy dogs, teachers aides, cadaver dogs, even dogs with a company called "K-9 Detectives" that hire out to hotels and apartment buildings to sniff out bedbugs! And that's only a small slice of the 53 animals in here. All of the stories are told in the first person by the owners. The photography is stunning - it has to be seen to be believed. There are also four very helpful appendices: "Adopting a Dog," "To Get Involved," "Activities to Share and Organizations of Interest," and "Recommended Reading." This book definitely makes my personal "Recommended Reading" list!"- J. McLaughlin