The Dogs Who Found Me   -     By: Ken Foster
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The Dogs Who Found Me

Lyons Press / 2006 / Paperback

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Disaster-prone writer and reluctant dog rescuer Ken Foster finds himself adopting an ever-growing collection of stray dogs, from a beagle abandoned in a New York City dog run to a pit bull in a Mississippi truck stop. Their circumstances offer a grounding counterpoint to his own misfortunes: the shock of New York City after 9/11, the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and the day his heart nearly stopped for good.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 194
Vendor: Lyons Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1592287492
ISBN-13: 9781592287499
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Publisher's Description

A favorite author reveals his experiences rescuing abandoned dogs--and offers solid advice for readers who "find" dogs.

Author Bio

Ken Foster is the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His collection of short stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, and The Believer. He has taught at The New School, Florida State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives in New Orleans, with at least three dogs.

Editorial Reviews

"Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it."
–Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Reasons to Live

"I read this at once, and could hardly bear to put it down. This is a wonderful, strange book, beautiful and funny and moving. It delivers something crucial about bravery, the human spirit, and the place that dogs occupy in our landscapes. It's about confronting need, vulnerability and love, and responding."--Roxana Robinson

"Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and great heart. This is a fascinating and useful book, full of great stories and practical knowledge every dog lover needs. Ken's dogs are lucky to have found him, and so are his readers."
--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh The Glory of it All

"Foster's dogs are memorable, delightful characters, with vivid, poignant stories. THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME is a testament to the joys dogs bring, and to the beauty
in the work of saving them."
--Rene Steinke, National Book Award finalist for Holy Skirts

"If you love dogs as much as Ken Foster, you will probably recognize yourself in much of The Dogs Who Found Me. You will remember your heart stopping or being shredded... only to be repaired with an even greater capacity to love."
--Terry Bain, author of You Are A Dog

“Pitbulls pitbulls pitbulls, and a man, like me, who loves them. Alternately brutal and sentimental, like the lives of the dogs he rescues. A very very cool book.” --James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard

“This book isn't about Foster as much as it's about his dogs, who help him through 9/11, a heart condition that lands him in the hospital and the deaths of two good friends…Interspersing vignettes on topics such as missing dog posters, shelters, heartworms and understanding dogs' body language, Foster fleshes out this charming account of a life among dogs while providing hints for would-be dog savers.”--Publisher’s Weekly
Review; “The book’s conversational, straightforward prose is one of its strengths. And Foster’s powers of observation and eye for meaningful detail elevate what he has to say above the level of the average memoir.”
(Northeastern University Magazine)
“…an absorbing and quirky memoir…Foster’s style is blunt, funny and poignant. He smoothly melds the events of his turbulent life along with the gritty details of rescuing abandoned dogs into a piece that goes to the heart.”-- San Francisco Chronicle
“…[a] beautiful and funny account of dog love…This light, deeply felt chronicle puts that best-selling confection ‘Marley & Me’ in the shade.”-- Plain Dealer

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    February 17, 2010
    Linda Kesselring
    Wonderful book! Full of useful information foranimal lovers like me, and a great story I can relate to.
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