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Rescue Road

One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway

Published: October 2015
SKU: 9781492614074

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"Peter Zheutlin has written a lovely, moving, important book about a subject that is both heartbreaking and joyful." - Dean Koontz

How far would you go to save a life? This is the extraordinary story of one man who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect and give them a second chance at life and love.

For years, Greg Mahle struggled to keep the last of his family-run restaurants afloat in Ohio. When it finally closed, he was broke and unsure what to do next. Then a stranded van-load of puppies changed his life forever.

Join journalist Peter Zheutlin as he travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs from the deep South to loving "forever families" up north looking to adopt a pet, with the help of many selfless volunteers along the way. From Houston's impoverished Fifth Ward--where thousands of strays roam the streets--and high-kill animal shelters in Louisiana, to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pups in the Northeast, Rescue Road is full of heart: an inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans, and how going the extra mile can make a life-changing difference for these loyal canines-and for us all.

A heartwarming, awe-inspiring story of how one man can impact so many lives, human and puppy alike. Fans of Marley and Me, Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love, and You Had Me At Woof will be inspired and touched by this story.

What readers are saying about Rescue Road:


"I stand in awe of those who can do this kind of rescue work, for their persistence, compassion and willingness to get dirty in the service of animals."

"a heartwarming & eye opening journey into the world of dog rescue."

"I highly recommend this book if you are looking to restore your faith in humanity."

"a heart-warming story that reaffirms there are many compassionate people who work tirelessly to save dogs."

What reviewers are saying about Rescue Road:


"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero." - Kirkus

"a canine caravan with heart and soul…" - Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)

"Heartwarming doesn't suffice to describe it… restores faith in humanity." - Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

"A tender, inspiring homage…" - Matthew Gilbert, author of Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park

"Inspiring and riveting new book...a must-read..." - The Bark

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"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero." — Kirkus Reviews
"This is a spot-on portrait of the rescue community. Readers who are involved in this work will recognize the characters and emotions as their own. Those who are curious about the realities of animal rescue have an excellent resource in Zheutlin's book." — Library Journal
"Rescue Road is a triumphant look at what can happen when good people make good deeds a priority." — Best Friends Magazine
"The book was sometimes heartwarming and at other times heartbreaking. I cried tears of joy and tears of sadness throughout. People who care for the dogs on the road to their new homes are saving the dogs' lives, giving their time freely and going out of their way to help dogs find "forever" homes. " — Books In Northport
"If the book were a movie, the dog-petting Mahle would be the hero." — Boston Globe
"Journalist Peter Zheutlin, who joined him for hundreds of miles, tells this inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans and how going the extra mile can changes our loyal companions' lives." — ForeWord Reviews
" Learn how [Greg} Mahle has embraced the unique bond between dogs and humans and brought immeasurable joy to everyone he encounters." — Parade.com
"This story about rescue gets into the nitty gritty of saving animals. Including the heart break and the success." — Reading, Writing and So Much More
"At turns both agonizing and uplifting, Rescue Road is eye opening and hopeful. It's highly recommended for any and all dog lovers." — Shelf Awareness for Readers
"This is a must read for all dog lovers! " — Teena in Toronto
"Inspiring and riveting new book...a must-read for anyone who wants to learn about some of the heroes on the front lines of animal rescue—what inspires them and how, miraculously, they pull it all together." — The Bark
"A heart-rending tale... " — The Columbus Dispatch
"Now so many of those unsung heroes and angels out there have a moment in the spotlight, thanks to Zheutlin's book. And anyone who thinks rescuing dogs means playing with puppies all day long will be humbled by the physicality and emotional strain rescuers endure. " — The Dodo
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