Rescued by Peter Zheutlin


Peter Zheutlin

This irresistibly charming book will warm your heart and show how the dogs whose lives we've saved can change ours for the better, too.

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Discover the astonishing lessons rescue dogs can teach us about life, love, and ourselves

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In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Rescue Road, acclaimed journalist Peter Zheutlin offers a heartwarming and often humorous new look into the world of rescue dogs. Sharing lessons from his own experiences adopting Labs with large personalities as well as stories and advice from dozens of families and rescue advocates, Zheutlin reveals the surprising and inspiring life lessons rescue dogs can teach us, such as:
- How to “walk a mile in a dog’s paws” to get a brand-new perspective
- Living with a dog is not one continuous Hallmark moment—but it’s never dull!
- Why having a dog helps you see your faults and quirks in a new light, even if you can’t “shed” them completely
- How to set the world right, one dog at a time
For anyone who loves, lives with, or has ever wanted a dog, this charming book shows how the dogs whose lives we save can change ours for the better too.

Advance Galley Reviews

Feel good read. Love dogs! Good story flow following the journey of rescue dogs. Would recommend!

I really enjoyed this one!

Rescued by Peter Zheutlin is a book by a "dog person" for others who are "dog people." The book is about a love affair with dogs, but not just any dogs. These are rescue dogs, those that have been abandoned, lost, and many times abused. They are in need of loving homes. The stories in the book are as heartwarming as those eyes on the cover as it spreads its important message of care. Read my complete review at Reviewed for Penguin First to Read.

This is a great book for anyone who is thinking about adopting a rescue dog. It gives a lot of information, and things to think about and consider. My rescue dog had to be put down shortly before I read this book (she was 12-1/2) so reading some of it was difficult. (We adopted another rescue 3 months later, an 11-year-old Golden Retriever/Shepherd mix.) The book did seem to move slowly at times. I think I would have preferred reading about each dog separately, instead of jumping around, but that's how I feel about all books so maybe it's just me. I haven't read Rescue Road yet, but I intend to. Anyone who likes dogs would probably enjoy this book. If you are thinking of adopting a rescue, there are things you might not have considered, and this book has a lot of examples of things like that.

I am a dog lover and dream of the day when I will finally be able to adopt a dog. One of my goals for the future is to have a place where I can foster multiple dogs and provide a home to senior dogs, dogs with medical issues or those that are in general hard to adopt. This book reinforces this goal. While I do like this book, it didn't necessarily present any new information and I agree with another reviewer that the book just didn't "get up off the ground." I like the author's enthusiasm and it was nice to get a glimpse into others who have adopted rescue dogs, but I feel like it is a pretty basic book. This is ideal for those who are thinking of adopting a dog from a rescue, but are hesitant. I did like reading about how having a dog impacted the him and his family as well as the others he interviewed. I also like that he is realistic that having a dog is not always sunshine and roses. I do wish he had gone more in depth about certain topics. All in all, this is a quick, easy read and a good introduction to those thinking of adopting a dog.

This is a compilation of stories of rescued dogs, including the stories of their backgrounds and the description of how they settled in to their new homes. This book is not graphic, but is realistic about the suffering some of these dogs have experienced before being rescued. And, where other books about rescued animals often leave the reader to assume nothing but happily ever after" endings, this book is realistic about the time, work and effort that this transition demands from both the new owners and the rescued animal. Interspersed throughout the book is the author's story of his own rescued dog, Albie. It is a good introductory book to the experience of adopting a rescue dog. However, for some reason I was not as caught up in this book as I, as a dog lover, had expected to be. I do want to check out the author's previous book, Rescue Road, which received very high ratings. For this book, I give a thanks to the author for his effort to educate the public about rescue as an option, and I give the book 3 out of 5 stars. I also thank Penguin books and the First to Read program for the opportunity to read and review this book in return for an honest review.

I love reading about animals. This book was interesting and informative. I highly recommend for all the dog lovers out there!

I work at a veterinary clinic so I see all kinds of cases as well as dogs. Dogs that have been purchased from a breeder, dogs that were just found on the street, and of course, rescue dogs. I love the stories of rescue dogs the best because I find the idea of "rescuing" a dog from a shelter or bad situation to be the best thing a human can do for a pet. This story was very sweet. I like the author's story of his own rescue Albie. It was a little slow, but it could pose as a cute holiday gift for any dog lover (or cat lover too!). Just any animal lover would love it, really.

I want to thank the First to Read program for an advance copy of "Rescued" in exchange for my review. I recently read " The Art of Racing in the Rain," a fiction novel about a dog and loved it. I own two dogs, one of which is a rescue, so I thought this book would suit me. I was hoping to find shared feelings, knowledge and a sense of community in this book. In parts of the book I did feel this way, but not throughout. The parts where the author speaks of his dog, Albie, I found more interesting than the parts about other rescued dogs and their owners. I think just because there is more information and emotion from his point of view. I think I would like the book more if it was centered on just his dog. I found it a bit redundant and slow to read, definitely not a page turner. It was off putting in parts when he described the book itself as not being about a rescue dog healing the owner and vice versa. Then later he says if his life were on the line he wouldn't risk it for his dogs! Definitely not your typical warm, fuzzy book about a dog and its owner if that is what you are looking for. I liked the pieces I could relate to; not being able to change a dog, not knowing what they have gone through previously, assuming they are the way they are due to their situation. But not the way I thought this book was going to turn out.

This is a cute and sweet, and sometimes sad, story about rescue dogs. It's meant more for people who don't know much about rescues, I suppose, as it goes over mostly pretty basic information. On the other hand, it's likely people like me, who support animals rescues/shelters and forever homes, will pick this book up. And though it's sweet, it's also a little shallow. Mostly, it's about the author and his dogs--when his wife finally, after many years, convinced him to get a dog. How that dog changed his life, making him feel younger, more connected, providing love, and how he faced the inevitable end that will come in time. There's also anecdotes about other people's rescues--tear-jerkers about ill senior dogs' last months, rowdy packs, and loving assistance/therapy dogs. Somehow the combination of deeper stories and quick anecdotes made the later feel less deep and important, though. So, though emotional, it lacked substance for me.

I must say that I really hoped to love this book, but just didn't. I adore dogs (have two of my own) and definitely have a soft spot in my heart for rescue organizations. However, most of the stories in this book just never "got off the ground" for me. I found the book somewhat mundane and slightly repetitive. Both the human and canine characters were touching but just too simple to read 250 pages about. I kept waiting to have an a-hah moment that just never happened. I wouldn't say I learned anything new or was particularly moved to take any type of action. And, frankly, the multiple repetitive mentions of the sandy hook elementary school shooting was baffling.

While I'm a huge supporter of giving animals a second chance and love to hear stories about rescue dogs - especially the happy parts after they've found their forever homes - the tone of this book is a bit bland. You can feel the love Zheutlin has for his dogs and he does a commendable job of preaching about the joy of including a rescue in your family, but his "voice" is repetitive and never really got me hooked. There are times when his writing feels overly sentimental and poetic. I guess I wasn't expecting such Zen musings. It's not a bad book. It definitely gives the reader a good impression of both why it's important to give rescues a second chance and all the benefits the human family gets. It just didn't find its forever home on my shelf.

My mom rescued Barkley, a 2 year old shih Tzu/lhasa apso mix a couple of years ago. We don't know his story, but having him in our lives not only saved him, but saved us too. This book brought me to tears. Reading Peter's stories of his rescued dogs warmed my heart.

from Salina and Alvie, to Beau and the Guilford gang, Peter Zheutlin brought these amazing animals to life and created a very rich story around dog rescue. It was a quick, but compelling read that keeps the plight of theses dogs very real. He creates a very strong case for dog adoption that certainly inspired me.

In “Rescued,” author Peter Zheutlin shares the special challenges and rewards of being an “adopt, don’t shop” parent of a rescue dog. He frames the book with his family’s adventures with their rescue Albie (along with fur siblings Salina and Jamba), while offering tales from other rescue families. Zheutlin jumped into the deep end, going from having no dog in the house to making Albie part of the family. Through their journey together, he discovers that giving a dog a second chance has a way of making us more human, enhancing our abilities to be compassionate and thoughtful. He discusses dogs’ capacity to help keep us young at heart, easing our troubles whether serious life issues or day-to-day frustrations. Since rescues often travel a troubled road (and their new family may or may not know the details), their ability to love us and improve our lives is all the more incredible. With stories of rescuers going the extra mile, both literally and figuratively, Zheutlin makes a compelling case for bringing a rescue dog into your home and heart, though he never gets preachy. “Rescued” is touching and heartfelt, but not overly sappy. It’s a great read for dog-lovers or wanna-be dog lovers alike.

This was a heartwarming book about a few rescue dogs from the south who find their new forever-family in the north. This book goes into more detail about how the dogs came to be rescued and the struggles and rewards their new families experience when taking in a rescued pet. I enjoyed the first book more but this was still a sweet book to read. For anyone considering bringing a dog into their family, I highly encourage you to consider a rescue.

I received this book free of charge from First to Read in exchange for my honest review. I want to start by saying that I had a difficult time reading it due to formatting issues. When I first downloaded it (pdf) the font was so small and I was not able to change to to a larger font. I was able to use a third party app to convert it to an epub and was able to adjust the font but it messed with the layout and formatting. I wasn't able to view most of the pictures. I was using a nook glowlight. Now on to the book. As a dog owner, I love any story that has dogs in it. The author weaves through the tales of his rescued dogs and their lives together. He also brings into the mix other great rescue dog stories. He tells you of the stories of how some dogs end up in a shelter and rescued. At times it was hard to read this because the stories of how people treated their dogs was heartbreaking but it is heartwarming to see that someone cared enough to adopt the dogs and give them a good life.

This wonderfully warm collection of stories is presented in a very thought-provoking way for both dog lovers and the uninitiated crowd. It is a fairly quick read that will pique your emotions and give perspective on how you treat others, both human and pet. I really liked the book but did find it repetitive a couple of times. It did put into words some of my own feelings, concerns and struggles regarding pets and pet adoption. I hope you all take the time to enjoy this group if inspirational tales. The photos are fantastic as well.

This was an excellent book for dog lovers! It is the story of someone who experiences the love and joy of dogs later in his life. Peter shares his dog adoption experiences. He also shares what his life with his rescued dogs has been like, the good and the bad times. He talks about the joy that his dogs have given him and his family, and the things he has learned from them. And he talks about the things his dogs have taught them in the times that things didn't go as he expected. These are the joys and the trials that many of us fellow dog owners can certainly relate to. Throughout the book, Peter introduces us to rescuing dogs and fostering dogs. He introduces us to many different dog organizations and rescue groups. Through interviews with other dog owners, he also introduces us to their experiences with their rescued dogs. As all rescue dog owners can attest to, it takes time and patience to understand the things that the rescue dog doesn't know or doesn't like in order to achieve a happy living environment for everyone.

While I did connect with a few stories in this book, I found myself not being able to connect to this book for the most part. I found myself getting bored at points, and skipping pages. Still I think other will enjoy it.

The title of this book tells it all. This is a compilation of dog rescue stories interwoven with the author's own experience of rescuing a dog. I really related to this story as I, too, was not a dog lover until I took the plunge and rescued a dog. Zheutlin has an engaging way of telling a story but some of these stories of abuse of dogs are not for the faint of heart. The redemption of the dogs, as well as their people, makes it bearable. A great read for dog lovers or someone thinking of getting a dog. I was given a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program.

I received an advanced copy of Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us about living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things from Penguin Read it First in exchange for a fair and honest review. Rescued is the second book Zheutlin has written about rescue dogs, the first one being Rescue Road (a title you probably recognize, since it made its way onto the NYT’s list). The point of the novel is to show us how lives change when recues are made (both for the animals and for their new people). Zheutlin tries to put a new spin on this change, rather than focusing on the “who rescued who” theme that’s becoming more prevalent. This book is both heartwarming and heart wrenching. Peter Zheutlin uses anecdotes and personal stories to show us the lives of rescue dogs and the people that take them in. Some of the stories start off sad, but get better; others end with the owner outliving their pet (an unfortunate reality more animal lovers must face). I have to confess that while I am an avid supporter of animal’s rescues (I’m a volunteer at my local shelter, and have only rescue animals at the moment), this book was hard on me. I have a lot of trouble reading about the bad parts of an animal’s life, even knowing that it’ll get better for them. Knowing the trauma is in the past doesn’t always help. And don’t get me started on a cute rescue story that ends with the dog passing away (even of old age, at home with his owners). It’s more than my heart can take sometimes. The reason I’m telling you all of that? I got really excited and hopeful about this book when Zheutlin promised his story wouldn’t end with Albie (his current rescue) passing away. I took it for granted and assumed that meant the rest of the stories wouldn’t end that way either. I was wrong. It led me to being emotionally unprepared for some of the stories that followed. Don’t get me wrong, they were beautiful stories, but they can and will make you cry. So just, be ready for them, alright? I love the intent behind Zheutlin’s book and in my opinion if he gets even one person to adopt, when they would not have before, then this book is a success. I appreciate everyone that took the time and put their hearts out on the line by telling their pet’s stories to Zheutlin, so he could then share them with us.

This is a heartwarming book about love and second chances. I cried and smiled a lot during it. The author didn't dwell on the horrors abandoned dogs face but instead focused on the love shared between owners and their pets and how dogs and humans have something special added to their lives when together.

As someone who has rescued several dogs over my life and currently have two at home...this book was spot on in how we feel about the dogs we bring into our lives. I, of course, cried and felt the heartbreak for the families that lost their pets. I have also had to send three of my rescues over the rainbow bridge in my adult life. And it's never easy. But this book reminds us all that it's about the journey with the animals we save (and that save us). I would definitely recommend this book (with a box of tissues at hand) to any animal lover or anyone considering adopting a rescue!

This is a heartwarming book about rescue dogs and the people who rescue them.Of course, the dog benefits from being adopted by loving humans, but the humans also benefit from these wonderful dogs. It was a good book to read while curled up with one of my three rescue dogs.

I really loved this book, but it was simultaneously very hard to read. My dog that I had for 17 years recently passed away, so as you can imagine I was basically sobbing from page 1 onward. Still, I’m really glad I read this book. The way some humans (poor excuses for humans, really) treat dogs is disgusting, and I love reading rescue stories and knowing that these second-chance dogs get the opportunity to be loved like they deserve. I think any dog lover would learn a lot from this book. I highly, highly recommended “Rescued” to any and all dog people, especially those who are interested in adopting a shelter pet. It’s a great mix of heartwarming stories and important information.

Okay, so I was crying before I was 40 pages in. By 200 pages in, I was sobbing. I actually had to stop reading to get a grip on myself. Okay, so let me start with a little background. Featured in the picture above is my senior rescue dog, Sophie. She came to me from a man that was only feeding her a few times a week. He had shaved her, but only half of her in attempt to get rid of her fleas. She had hardly any teeth. She shakes, she doesn't like loud noises, hates thunderstorms, and has incredibly sensitive paws (I mean hardly walks on grass and ice in the winter is COMPLETELY out of the question). But she is by far the best thing in my life and I am so glad she came to me when she did. We've been together almost 2 years now and she's nearly 10 years old. She's the sweetest pup in the entire world and I love her to pieces. Okay, so for the book. Rescued is about second-chance dogs who are given a new life. Most of these dogs have never felt love. Most of these dogs have never had a home to call their own. Most of these dogs were abused, left in shelters, or even worse, left in the streets to die alone. I honestly cannot wrap my head around people so heartless to abuse dogs. This book was about second chances and giving those dogs a home that cherished them. It's about showing these dogs love and compassion. It's about giving them a life they never expected. It's about coaxing them out from underneath the coffee table and giving them a warm, comfortable play to lay their heads. It's about exploring new territory and learning how to live with a rescue. It's about becoming a dog mom (or dog dad) who experiences a new kind of love, a love like no other. The satisfaction you get from rescuing a dog from their previous life and showing them what it means to have a family is something I never expected to experience. It has changed my life. My Sophie girl, has shown me so much love and has taught me how to take care of another living being. She has always been my number one priority and will be for many years to come. We have grown up together these last couple of years and I have cherished every second of it. I would love to hear all of your adoption stories and see pics of your precious pups. I am HIGHLY recommending this book to anyone and everyone. Biggest thanks to Penguins First Reads Program for hooking me up with an advanced copy. Mark your calendars, Rescued hits shelves October 3rd!

I have always been a sucker for dog stories. I spend far too much time on Facebook clicking on pictures of dogs playing the piano, or dogs being rescued, or dogs doing just about anything! So when I had the opportunity to read this book, I was all in! What I expected was the usual dog story: human rescues dog, dog changes humans life. The end. These dog stories are written solely from the heart. Then there is the other kind of dog book. Academic explains how dogs are able to sniff out cancers, or become therapy dogs or something else that is written like an academic paper. Somehow this book was the perfect balance of both heart and brain. There were plenty of stories of dogs that were rescued ( that is the title of the book after all!) but there was a lot for nerds too! I loved the quotes about dogs that started each chapter!

The author shares his personal story with first one and then two rescue dogs. His initial reluctance became anticipation of a new household member which later turned into responsibility for another (though non-human) being and significant personal growth. He then shares anecdotes about other people with rescue dogs and their paths forward. There are hurdles and kinks in the road for a variety of rescue dogs, depending upon the condition or age they are found in when rescued. This is a decidedly low-key book, more like hearing from a friend than reading info from an authority.

As the "dog mom" to my own rescue pup, I expected to like this book and I did. It was refreshing to me that the stories told in this book are not necessarily sweeping in scope (in the vein of dogs rescuing children, or sniffing out cancer), and instead focused on so many of the day to day joys and challenges of owning a rescue. I often found myself nodding internally about a particular point or being able to identify with the author. Overall this was an enjoyable read, but I can not and would not rec it to anyone who does not own a dog.


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