DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption
Now in paperback, this companion to the hit National Geographic Channel show, DogTown, tells the moving stories of homeless dogs and their caretakers at the Best Friends Animal Society, evoking both the joy and the occasional, but inevitable, heartbreak that accompanies the important work of saving homeless dogs.
Focusing both on the relationships between dogs and people and on the latest discoveries in animal health and behavior, the book features 12 of DogTown's most memorable cases. Each chapter follows one dog —often considered unadoptable by other shelters —from the first days at DogTown, through assessment and treatment, to the whether the dog finds a "forever home" outside the shelter. Photographs of each dog trace its entire journey and chart its progress from beginning to end. DogTown's veterinarians, trainers, and experts who are featured on the show contribute essays on their most meaningful moments in working with animals.
she ran off, and I had to take a really big time-out. It wasn’t easy, but we kept at it. I don’t know how much I actually taught her, but somewhere in those years she learned a few basic doggy skills that she occasionally practiced. As we spent every day together we learned about each other and developed a wordless familiarity. It was kind of funny: The less I tried, the better she did with me. The more flexibility I gave her, the more she rewarded me with cooperation and an easy stride at my
rejected dogs and orphans that show up at Dogtown’s door. But even in the loving, high-tech sanctuary of Dogtown, Aristotle’s problems were daunting. “If we cannot figure out what is wrong with him, and we can’t make him more comfortable, I have to say that euthanasia is certainly an option for him, down the road,” Dr. Mike said. “It’s not fair to let him keep suffering like this. But we have a lot of steps to cover, a lot of things to try, before we get there.” Until the results of all the
Generally most dogs come to Best Friends by car, truck, or commercial flight. In emergency rescue situations, Dogtown has access to a propeller plane that transports dogs to the sanctuary. The second time Pat entered Bingo’s enclosure to take him for a walk, Bingo came up to the gate by himself, a sure sign of progress. Despite his resigned attitude, Bingo had enjoyed his first walk and was looking forward to another one. This was a big moment for Pat—he had found a reward for Bingo, something
anxious, will be a great pet with time, patience & training,” “wanted to be next to me wherever I was, including snuggling all night long (and even standing next to me as I dried my hair!).” One simply said, “I love him!” Many of these people mentioned one of Knightly’s most touching, and perhaps anxious, bedroom habits—he loved to burrow down under the covers, so that his head was buried all the way down at the foot of the bed. During his overnight stays with Sherry Woodard, Knightly reveled
that is upright and wagging stiffly could indicate a dog who is gathering information. A low tail wag often indicates that a dog is cautious. The moment they met Mister Bones, “we instantly fell in love with him,” Joyce, an emergency room nurse, wrote later. Joyce and the others continued to go out to Best Friends every year for the next nine years to see Mister Bones, their favorite dog. The Jersey Girls started showing up every year with some article of clothing with his name on it—one year it