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A warm and entertaining memoir about what happens when you foster fifty dogs―and how the dogs save you as much as you save them.
Another Good Dog is not just a memoir about our experiences fostering rescue dogs, it is also my invitation to YOU to join us in the mission to end the euthanasia of good dogs simply because there is not time/money/resources to find a home for them. I foster with OPH (Operation Paws for Homes) and we have a motto, "Together We Rescue." I hope you enjoy my story, but more than that I hope it motivates you to join me.
What started as a search for a good dog, led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one dog that could fill the hole in my heart―I could save many more. That number has now climbed to well over 100!
This book shares the adventures and lessons learned with our first fifty foster dogs ― including an 75-pound coonhound who sang arias for the neighbors, a ball-crazed trick dog, a litter of precious puppies, a 3-pound bouncing Chi-weinie, even one remarkable dog from Iraq. They've brought us a lot of joy (along with more than a few chewed shoes). This book will open your heart to the wonderful rewards of fostering.
"Filled with humanity and hope, Another Good Dog will take the reader on a journey of smiles, laughs, and tears―and lead us to wonder how many other good dogs are out there and what we can do to help."
A portion of all sales will go towards rescuing more dogs.
Another Good Dog was released from Pegasus Books on August 7, 2018, and is available anywhere books are sold.
How YOU Can Help Right Now
In August and September of 2018, I toured some of the shelters in the rural south. The dogs in my book came from these shelters. What I saw was a turning point in my own life. Something must be done. The number of good dogs dying in our shelters and the conditions they are held in are simply not acceptable. None of us should stand for it. I have committed to speaking up as loudly and as widely as I can until this very solvable problem is solved.
Until then, you can help the shelters with your gifts of the unbudgeted items that make a difference in a dog's life. Click the button below to see the lists of needs and the mailing addresses for some of the shelters. (I hope to add more as I get the chance to visit them.) The pictures in the left sidebar are just a few of the dogs I met on my tour, some of which have already lost their lives to the ignorance of humanity. I know the issue is not that people don't care, it's that people don't know. I intend to tell them.
Read more about what I learned in my travels in this article about my experiences visiting the southern shelters featured in The Bark magazine.
Fostering Saves Lives
Fostering dogs (or cats) for a shelter or rescue saves two lives at once. It saves the dog you welcome into your home (and heart) and it also saves the dog who now has a spot in a shelter (instead of being euthanized due to lack of space).
More than that, though, you are giving a dog a safe place to rest, get healthy, and prepare to be adopted. As a foster, you'll get to know your foster dog and be the best person to tell potential adopters what your dog is really like living in a home environment, which makes a good match more likely.
Worried you won't be able to give up your foster dog? I won't tell you it's ever easy, but I will tell you that the reward of saving another life will make it possible. Think of it as 'babysitting' until the dog's forever family comes. And if you're still having a hard time letting go, take a peek at all the dogs still looking for foster homes. As I've told my own children all along, "If you don't let this one go, we can't save another."
If you're ready to open your home to help save lives, contact your local shelter or rescue to get involved. And if you have questions, click here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Cara Sue Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end.”
Jim Gorant, author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption