. It is an extraordinary story not only of love, but of strength, perseverance, and above all, courage. Joined the Marines at age 17. And in rescuing him, Zak was also attempting to save himself, conquering the currents of cruelty that swelled beneath his early life and always threatened to drown him. I personally think that gives the power to the abuser.
A very important book for anyone dealing with the issue of bullying, either as a victim, a parent, or a teacher. But reading about Riley's rescue was just amazing and very touching. I must applaud Zach Anderegg's strength and courage in retelling the story of his life. And leaves the reader not depressed, but richer. Riley had three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. Not what I expected or wanted to read.
Many times I found myself wondering why certain sections were there, or if they could have been shorter. Since 2002, he has owned two successful businesses, Dream Catcher Yachts and The Wrench-It Center with his wife, Michelle. While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. The emotions that this provoked, and the healing process of both dog and man, are very touching. This is a heartfelt story of a dog that was abused, the man who tried to rescue it and the realization that their existence was more alike than when they first came in contact with each other. It was all about pooorrr Zak.
Consigliato A very heart-tugging book and satisfying read. This book is not only about a heroic dog rescue but also about a life journey and the long term effects bullying and the mistreatment of children can have on the adults they become. Then I found out the author had a story to tell that was parallel to what Riley, the puppy, endured. It truly brings awareness to this epidemic problem. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to the struggles that Zak has had as an adult from their own pasts. It is clear that the puppy could not have ended up in that pit on its own; someone intentionally placed the pup there and then left him to die a slow and horrible death. Acts of cruelty to animals by lowlife humanity is so sickening.
I could relate to his story to some degree, but what I experienced was nowhere as bad at school and not at all at home. The E-mail message field is required. Clearly he was terribly affected by these incidences and has never been able to let go of his anger. Read it if you love to see the underdog human or dog triumph! It took me a long time to get through this book. What didn't come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Riley's destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other. The length he went through to save a life is truly inspirational.
This is also a good book for parents to read, because it makes you think deeply about how much the things you do and say, that may seem small to you at the time, can impact a child. Zachary Anderegg joined the Marines after graduating high school and served from 19941998, achieving the rank of Sergeant E5. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to the struggles that Zak has had as an adult from their own pasts. I absolutely loved this book. They share their love for each other with their pets. He resides in Westchester, New York. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Riley's presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue.
There is so much to be learned from our beloved dogs. In this case it's about being bullied as a kid. I didn't like how much theory there was, or all the talk about the previous owner because the author didn't actually know anything about them. The fact that Zach has learned so much from Riley is a testimony to the human races ability to change what has been ingrained in our minds and souls to make us a better version or ourselves. It is an extraordinary story not only of love, but of strength, perseverance, and above all, courage. This heartwarming book is for those who appreciate tales of adventure, overcoming adversity, and the strong relationships formed between dogs and their people.
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. There is so much to be learned from our beloved dogs. As the book progresses, he identifies behaviours and family actions that contribute to being victimized. I'm so happy they found each other. What didn't come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Riley's destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. About the Author Zachary Anderegg joined the Marines after graduating high school and served from 1994-1998, achieving the rank of Sergeant E5. I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I did.