Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure
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David Rosenfelt's "Dogtripping" is moving and funny account of a cross-country move from California to Maine, and the beginnings of a dog rescue foundation
When mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with twenty-five dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite the RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment. Rosenfelt recounts the adventure of moving his animal companions across the United States with humor and warmth, and tells the tale of how he and his wife became passionate foster parents for rescue dogs, culminating in the creation of the Tara Foundation and successfully placing several thousand dogs with loving families.
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Taco Bell corporate jet. I called Pat back and told her the news. She seemed excited at the prospect of it, and told me that she would immediately contact the powers that be within the rescue group and get back to me. She did contact me later that night, but with bad news. She said that she just couldn’t get it organized in time, implying that the leaders of the group weren’t prepared to make that quick a decision. She was obviously disappointed that it wasn’t going to work out, but she was
shirt off his back, though it would almost always be an SEC football jersey. We knew the Luthers through Debbie’s job at Taco Bell, and we had spent time with them at football games and had vacationed with them once. We considered them good friends, and when they heard about our predicament, they demonstrated that we were right to make that judgment. Deb would have to be in the office, but Emmit wanted to go on the trip. I should just let him know when to be in California, and he was in. Not
dogs along the way. Believe me, we are excellent judges of vet care, and these people are as good as it gets. Lakeview Veterinary Clinic, Rockland, ME Dr. Daniel Dowling Christine Annis Sue Luce Debra Drake Patty Mulholland North Tustin Veterinary Clinic, Tustin, CA Dr. Karuppana Kali Terry Ryan Julie Pantoja Ardell McNay Bay Cities Veterinary Hospital, Marina Del Rey, CA Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick Dr. Mary J. Brandt Dr. Sandy Milo I’d also like to thank the terrific people at St.
visit him. They didn’t resist; as much as they loved Simon, they agreed that we needed to do what we needed to do. The only one who didn’t agree was Debbie. Simon has this sweet, friendly way about him (when he isn’t ripping humans apart), and she couldn’t bear to kill him. We’d just have to be more careful. And we have been. As of this writing, it’s been two years since Simon bit Debbie, and there hasn’t been another incident. This is a surprise, since by other standards he’s even nuttier than
He was slowing down considerably by the time we started on our trip, but he made it with flying colors. Frank died about six months after we got to Maine. I can certainly report that his last years were contented ones. My Career Went to the Dogs My movie marketing career had very little to do with animals, dogs or otherwise. I did some work on the advertising for the Benji movies, but nothing of consequence. Very early in my career, I was with an ad agency involved with the advertising