Holiday Gift Guide: Rescued by Peter Zheutlin

Stephs Cheers and Jeers was provided the samples mentioned in this post in return for an unbiased review.

This month Penguin Random House has published a fantastic book titled Rescued: What Second-chance Dogs Teach Us About Living With Purpose, Loving With Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things which was written by New York Times-bestselling author Peter Zheutlin.

This book documents lessons that rescue dogs can teach us about life, love, and even our selves. This book touches close to home for me because Rosie was a rescue dog. This book features humorous and heartwarming stories and advice from families who have welcomed second-chance dogs into their lives and how the adoption has changed both them and the dogs. This book also discusses the enormous and heartbreaking canine overpopulation issue in the American South(Our local humane society has rescued multiple dogs from these areas and its always broken my heart), accounts from rescue volunteers who pull dogs from high kill shelters and transport them to the North(I have personally met with transporters and volunteers in the past and they are some of the most amazing people I have ever spoken with) and the rewards of adopting a second chance dog.

Some other topics that this book touches is the story of how a rescue dog helped one ex-convict in the Florida Prison System get his life back on track, a Connecticut community that found therapeutic comfort in local dogs after Sandy Hook and September 11th, how dogs help seniors and empty nesters find comfort and stay mentally fit as well as the story of how one NFL player purposely seeks out “hard to adopt dogs” from his local shelter who are often overlooked.

This book had me in TEARS! I highly suggest this book to ANYONE who has rescued a dog or is even thinking about rescuing a dog. It will touch your soul! I was unable to put this book down and have read it cover to cover a few times since I received it. It’s a fantastic reminder of what rescue dogs and hard to adopt dogs have to offer. So many people overlook them and sometimes all it takes to transform them is a loving home! They might even transform you in the process!

You can preorder this book on their website and I HIGHLY suggest that you do!

PETER ZHEUTLIN is a freelance journalist and bestselling author based in Dover, MA, whose work appears regularly in national publications, including The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Zheutlin has also written for The LA TimesParade MagazineAARP Magazine and numerous other national newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway, as well as one other book. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, author Judith Gelman, and two rescued Labradors. Learn more at



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