In a simple style that gives a dog's perspective of the world from a foot off the ground, Foxy shares his life story and his views on topics that a dog knows best. Lost, mistreated and abandoned, he is fearful of people, noises, and sudden movements. Rescued by Jay and Ellie, over time he grows to trust and love his humans and his dog pals. Along with feisty observations about the behavior of humans, cats, deer, and sheep, he shares the inside scoop on sniffing and barking, his instinctual needs for hiding in a cave, wandering off to explore new territory, or scavenging for food. We experience his delight in all of his senses throughout the seasons--fragrant flowers and leaves, crinkly leaves underfoot, the crunch of snow, and the fresh scent from a just-cut Christmas tree. Foxy takes us with him to dog parks, frolics at the beach, and an assortment of kennels, hotels, and coffee shops. He deals with his own injuries and Jay's illness with a dog's understanding of the world. Foxy's unique voice can be compared to the dogs of Peter Mayle in A Dog's Life or Garth Stein in Racing in the Rain. He artfully brings the reader's attention to his level, where smell is everything and he is always on the lookout for a morsel of food. His humorous riffs on food and his frequent confusion about what the humans are saying and why things happen give a poignancy to the pain and loss he experiences. The leash that he is so eager to be released from so he can explore his environment also provides a feeling of connection to his humans. In the end, despite his lifelong fear of those who might hurt him, he is tenacious in surviving the challenges of life and it is his bond with humans that matters the most.
Dog Parks Unleashed is a directory of local dog parks in the U.S 14 central states. The following states are covered in this book: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
Dog Parks Unleashed is a directory of local dog parks in the U.S, 13 western states. The following states are covered in this book: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyo
What Bertie wants more than anything in the whole wide world is a dog. A blue dog! Then, he meets the perfect real dog, but...
At his heaviest, Mark Rucker weighed 386 pounds. Despite his efforts, he never managed to lose weight and keep it off, instead falling back into old habits. One fateful afternoon, he visited a theme park with his family and found he couldn't fit on the roller coasters--and couldn't share that experience with his daughter. Armed with new motivation, Mark set out to change his life: to lose the weight, regain his health, and earn back the chance to live his fullest life.
What began as a journey back to health became a campaign to complete one of the most grueling athletic feats in the world: the Ironman Triathlon, a day-long race covering nearly 150 miles by water, bicycle, and foot. In 2013, a few short years after struggling to walk a mile, Mark completed Ironman Louisville.
This book tells the story of Mark's struggle and offers his insights and motivation on his journey to rediscover the greatness within, including the six-part process he defined through his own experience.
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