Was it the trip from hell or the trip of a lifetime? It depends if you are mystery author David Rosenfelt or the merry band of partners in crime who volunteered to move 25 dogs from California to Maine.
I loved this book! I laughed and I cried. I cried because I was laughing so hard. It’s a hilarious romp peppered with bittersweet commentary about the many dogs that Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie have rescued.
This book is for dog lovers and dog rescuers and even people who don’t have dogs but occasionally pet them.
About two years ago my greyhound Jett and I had the pleasure of meeting David Rosenfelt at a fundraising book signing for an advocacy group and the local Humane Society of Southern Arizona. At that time he was living in California and talked about this problem he was facing of moving 25 dogs across country.
A year later he was at the Tucson Festival of Books and during the Q&A, I asked about the cross country jaunt and he said it was “the trip from hell” and he was writing a book about it.
For those of us who follow Rosenfelt on Facebook, we have been like eager puppies waiting for a treat of Dogtripping to hit the shelves (and Nooks and Kindles).
I bought the book on a Saturday and finished it on Sunday. I didn’t read to review it but to enjoy it, to soak in all the joys of dog ownership and the bittersweet realities of dog rescue. Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie started the Tara Foundation appropriately named after their Golden Retriever, Tara. They have rescued almost 4,000 dogs mostly from Southern California shelters. These dogs were often old, ill, allegedly difficult to handle, and worse — on the kill line. Rosenfelt keeps coming back to the recurring theme that people in our throwaway society, view dogs as disposable. He touches on many of the problems that dog rescue organizations are dealing with on a day to day basis.
Yet, the book is downright LOL, funny, hilarious mostly about the journey of readying 25 dogs, 11 people, and three RVs. He is simply amazed how these 11 volunteers, many he never met, rose to the occasion with good cheer and a can-do attitude.
Can a Disney movie be far behind?
Tucson even gets a mention in the book because when he was here for the aforementioned book signing event for One Dog Night, he drove from Phoenix during a rainstorm and haboob.
“While driving to Tucson, I got caught in a monsoon. People including me, will sometimes refer to a heavy rainstorm as a ‘monsoon,’ but that isn’t technically accurate. This was actually and literally a monsoon and it was unlike any rainstorm I had ever been in.”
He goes on to say on the way back to Phoenix he was caught in a haboob. “The haboob that I was in actually made the national newscasts. It was surreal; the entire world turned dark, and when it was finished, the entire was covered in dirt.”
Yes, that would be Arizona’s claim to fame.
The book is available everywhere but I got my copy from Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore because I like to patronize local businesses.
Animal Book Discussion Group
I usually get so much joy reading about animals that Tucson Tails is thinking of starting a niche book discussion group. If this is something you might like to pursue, drop me an email (email@example.com) with your thoughts. All it would take is 6 to 8 committed readers to meet once a month.