Since 2012, we have been going on semi-annual road trips with our two dogs and cat (Izzy, Nana, and Billy). Earlier this year, we stumbled upon a book at the library that is about precisely this topic.
It seemed like fate. We had to take it home. And what’s more, when you take home a book from the library, you feel none of the bookstore guilt.
You know, when you pick out a book, read five pages, decide to buy it, then watch it sit on your shelf, accumulating layer after layer of dust. When you get books from the library, they come with a read-by date. This institution-imposed structure is exactly what we need when it comes to reading a book cover to cover.
The book is titled Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure by David Rosenfelt. It is a fantastic and interesting read. Al read the physical book, while Mac listened to the audiobook on the OneClickdigital App. Both editions are great, although there are no photos with the audiobook. That is easily remedied. You can see photos from the journey, nicknamed Woof-a-bago, on David Rosenfelt’s website at http://www.davidrosenfelt.com/photos/.
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Rosenfelt weaves together the story of the road trip with endearing, personal stories about his dogs. Sounds simple enough, but neither the trip nor the dogs are typical. The trip was all the way from Los Angeles to Maine and the dogs were all from the shelter/pound, dogs who were either too sick or too old to be adopted from the rescue group run by David and his wife, Debbie. Yes, read this book with a tissue box.
We loved his self-deprecation and dark humor in the writing of this novel. (FYI: Mr. Rosenfelt is also a mystery author.) All dog lovers will enjoy the relatable tales of quirky rescues. We definitely recommend this book and give it 5 stars! It was the catalyst and a source of inspiration for our upcoming book, Woof-Trekking.
We hope you enjoyed this book review and that you check out “Dogtripping”!