When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs—lots of them—and so her foster journey began.
In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes and a whirlwind of incredible dogs. There were the nine puppies that arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heart-worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; shy boys and mischievous girls; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and warm place to sleep. The dogs that entered Cara’s home were rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and needed a foster family as a midway point on their journey while they waited for their forever home.
With wit and humor, Another Good Dog reveals a saga that began on an impulse and led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one dog that could fill the hole left in Cara’s heart—there were dozens! The stories of these remarkable dogs and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.
When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many lovable pups, Cara says, “If I don’t give this one away, I can’t possibly save another.”
“A big hearted, inspiring and passionate look at a critical piece of the rescue puzzle. Lucky are the dogs who pass through Cara Sue Achterberg’s arms on their way to the lives they so richly deserve. Honest and engaging.” —Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road
“As expected, the narrative revolves around tales of dogs and puppies. What’s unexpected are Achterberg’s personal reveals. The stories and photos will delight.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heartwarming. Illustrated with photographs of some of Achterberg's many fosters, this book blends insight and entertainment to tell an unforgettable story about seeking, and finding, life purpose through caring for abandoned dogs. A compassionate and humane canine tale.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end.”—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs
Pegasus will publish on August 7, 2018. Cara lives in York County, Pennsylvania.
Cara will be touring with her dog up and down the east coast, visiting the “rescue route” many of her dogs travel from high kill shelters as they make their way towards foster and forever homes as part of Operation Paws for Home, who will share in the proceeds from this book. Exact tour details forthcoming. I look forward to being in touch about this very special and heartwarming project!