Monday, January 06, 2014

Book review: Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure by David Rosenfelt!

Over the years, we've enjoyed a series of books by David Rosenfelt from the Andy Carpenter series. They are fun little murder mysteries that feature a dog named Tara.

So when the nice folks at St. Martin's Press sent us David's new book, Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure, we jumped at the chance to read and review it.

Unlike the Andy Carpenter series of books, this one is a true story; a first for Mr. Rosenfelt (who I am sure won't mind if I address him on a first name basis of Mr. David, being the uber dog lover that he is, right?).

Dogtripping is the story of how Mr. David and his wife, Ms. Debbie, made the move from California to Maine taking 25 of their rescue dogs along for the ride with 11 volunteers and three RV's.

If you've ever moved with animals like we have several times, it can be a challenge. We've moved three times now from 12 hours to several hours away with me, Gracie and Wolfie and Wiggy, my kittie bros. Four animals and one human in a Land Rover Discovery is kind of a tight fit. But completely doable and actually can be a pretty fun experience if you do it right.

So when David and his wife decided to move from the left coast to the right, they got planning; from when they would move, to how they were going to do it, to who in the heck would be goofy enough to help them as they knew they couldn't do it with just the two of them.

Dogtripping is the full story of their move, along with some great stories of the senior and health challenged dogs they've rescued over the years. After leaving his career as a marketing exec with a movie studio (hey, did you hear that, he's a marketing guy, just like my Mum?! Cool huh?), Mr. David started writing books, met a lovely woman who was a high powered exec with Yum! Brands/Taco Bell. Ms. Debbie had always been a mad dog lover, and when she and Mr. David got together they started rescuing dogs after the passing of Ms. Debbie's heart dog, Tara (who is featured in all the Andy Carpenter mysteries).

As a way to give back to and honor Tara, they started the Tara Foundation and began rescuing goldens (and other dogs that really needed their help). Over the years they have rescued 100's of dogs.

We think you'll enjoy the read! Mr. David is a pretty funny guy, a bit of a pessimist with a giant heart. We give the book five paws up! Yeah, yeah, I know I only have four paws, but I just can't help myself.

"Dogtripping is bark out loud funny, endearing, admirable, loving, adventurous; a dog lover's tripping experience you won't want to put down!" ~ Johann The Dog

Where can you find Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure? Try Amazon for the book or Kindle version (which you can read on any smartphone, tablet or computer!)

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