I have to say that I had high hopes in requesting this book for review. Being an animal lover, I always love reading stories devoted to animals. Unfortunately, this book will be one of those exceptions for me. Right from the start, I had a hard time getting into this book. The author decided to take the story as far back as telling the unnecessary family history, and all the crazy details to boot, that happened many, many years ago. To me, this was completely unnecessary for the "dog memoir" that this was tagged to be. By the time I got to reading about how Gonker came into Fielding's life, sadly I didn't really care. I was so turned off by the backstory to this point, I trudged through the rest. I don't often have to mention that after awhile, I had to skip a few pages just to make the reading more bearable.
Having said that, when I did read about Gonker, I did enjoy those parts. This is one of those books that I won't recommend reading because of all the unnecessary storyline attached to it. This dog memoir should have been all about Gonker and how he changed the lives of the people he was around and not all about who was a drunk and what marriage was on the rocks. Overall, I was very disappointed with this story.
A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home
The true story of a lost dog’s journey and a family’s furious search to find him before it is too late.
Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog—a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker—bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison’s disease. If he’s not found in twenty-three days, he will die.
The search begins. Fielding and his father, John, are dispatched to the field. They have the family’s other dog, Uli, in tow. Combing the trails, Fielding and his father bond like never before. Fielding’s sister, Peyton, calls and talks him through some of his lowest moments. And—at home—Fielding’s mother, Virginia, sets up a command center.
Virginia becomes a field general. With a map and a phone book at her side, she contacts animal shelters, police precincts, general stores, community centers, newspapers, radio stations, churches, and park rangers. She is tireless. The local paper in Waynesboro, Virginia, writes a small story about the family’s search. The story hits the AP newswire. Tips—many of them of questionable authenticity—pour in from across the country. But as the search continues, the Marshalls realize they may not survive losing Gonker. Even as the wounds of their past return to haunt them and threaten to jeopardize everything, they know they have one mission: bring Gonker home.
With a big heart, intelligent humor, and a deft touch, Pauls Toutonghi tells this true tale of loss, love, and resilience. Dog Gone is by turns a story about how a family comes together in a crisis—and the way heroism can assert itself in the little things we do each day.