“MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” just might be the happiest book you’ll ever read. It shares success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how life-changing senior dog adoption can be for the humans who do the rescuing.
“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; Susie, the funny little senior dog who got adopted by “Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.
This special book became a national bestseller and went into its second printing very quickly. It won the prestigious Best Book Award from the Dog Writers Association of America and a gold INDIES Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. “MY OLD DOG” has been showcased in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, People, PARADE, Huffington Post, Upworthy, WGN-TV, multiple CTV Television Network shows in Canada, and many more.
“MY OLD DOG” features a foreword by singer/songwriter Neko Case, caregiving and training tips by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker, and a comprehensive resource guide that outlines all sorts of ways to help older shelter dogs across North America and around the world. It’s available at book stores everywhere and at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.
Positive reviews keep rolling in! Here are some excerpts:
“If you love dogs, or if you like dogs, or if you’ve ever heard of dogs, or if you’re from planet Earth, you will love this book.”
— David Rosenfelt, author of “Dogtripping” and “Lessons from Tara”
“Not only is ‘My Old Dog’ an idea whose time has come, it is a truly heartwarming celebration.”
— Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell”
“Pages and pages of … adorable dogs who found happiness in their golden years.”
“’My Old Dog’ is a truly wonderful book….Every story reminds me just how resilient dogs are and how strong the human-animal bond can be.”
— Victoria Stilwell, dog behavior expert and star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”
“Full of wonderful color photos, this beautiful work does a great job of advocating for adult and senior dogs.”
— Library Journal
“This book is a loving celebration of old dogs and of radiant souls that shine through aging eyes.”
— Francis Battista, cofounder of Best Friends Animal Society
“Demonstrates how meaningful it can be to give older animals . . . a second chance.”
“My new favorite book. . . . Absolutely beautiful. One time, while I was reading a particularly uplifting chapter on a crowded subway, I found myself actually kissing the book.”
“This most amazing and inspiring book . . . will move you to tears of joy.”
— Psychology Today
“Journalist Coffey and photographer Fusaro make a strong case for rescuing elderly dogs.”
— Publishers Weekly
“This book is a wonderful tribute to our ‘sizzlin’ seniors’!”
— Jill Rappaport, animal advocate and NBC News correspondent
“If you love soulful seniors or you’re in need of a reminder of the wonderfulness of people (i.e. those adopting one of the many senior dogs in shelters), you’re going to love this book.”
— Modern Dog
“I fell in love with these dogs, and their stories serve to remind us that old dogs are like fine wine — they only get better with age. Four paws up!”
— Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane
“Who knew that old dogs could teach human beings some new tricks: compassion, companionship, healing, random snacking, and the power of second chances. Laura Coffey and Lori Fusaro have given the beasts of the world — human and canine — a map for graceful aging and a full and happy life.”
— Roy Peter Clark, author of “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” and Vice President and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute
“‘My Old Dog’ highlights the beautiful compassion of those who choose to love, support and respect our older animals instead of throwing them away. The book is a look at how we can become better people.”
— Michael Harney, actor on “Orange Is the New Black,” “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue”
“I could not put this book down, and I don’t think anyone could read it and not be moved to go out and help an older dog.”
— Jennifer Kachnic, president of the Grey Muzzle Organization
“This exquisite, eye-opening book needs a place on every dog lover’s shelf.”
— Maria Goodavage, New York Times-bestselling author of “Soldier Dogs” and “Top Dog”
“Infused with vitality.”
“All of the dogs whose stories are told in My Old Dog will move you (off the couch, and over to your dog to give them a hug).”
— Huffington Post
“Outright heart-melting stories that’ll make you want to go adopt a senior dog. Like, right now.”
“This is easily the best dog book I’ve read — ever.”
— Kings River Life Magazine
My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts
Written by Laura T. Coffey Photographs by Lori Fusaro
Foreword by Neko Case
Afterwords by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker
Photographer Lori Fusaro is crazy about dogs. She’s lived with them for as long as she can remember, and she photographs them for a living. But until a few years ago, the idea of adopting an older dog made her squirm with uneasiness.
“I thought it would just be too sad,” Fusaro said. “I didn’t think my heart could take it, so I wasn’t willing to open myself up.” That is, until she welcomed a sweet-natured 16-year-old dog named Sunny into her family.
Sunny rewired Fusaro’s view of older dogs so completely that she decided to launch a photography project to show just how much senior shelter pets have to offer. She never guessed that her efforts would spark a media frenzy and draw the attention of hundreds of thousands of supportive readers throughout North America and in places as far away as Malaysia, Germany, Brazil and the Philippines — but that’s exactly what happened.
That outpouring began when Laura T. Coffey wrote a feature story about Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets for TODAY.com, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. “No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline on Coffey’s story, and it generated so much passionate feedback that Coffey and Fusaro decided to team up to work together on My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.
Their book reveals that even though dogs over the age of 7 tend to be calm, easy, and already house-trained, they often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog.
My Old Dog introduces readers to endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selﬁes with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful 9-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.
Of special interest are the book’s stories about retired working dogs — such as military dogs, law-enforcement dogs, and racing dogs — who can find themselves languishing in kennels or left in overcrowded shelters after they age out of their vocations. My Old Dog also includes a comprehensive resource guide to help readers take action and help senior pets themselves in all sorts of ways. (continued)
Laura T. Coffey is a longtime writer, editor, and producer for TODAY.com, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. An award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Lori Fusaro is staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles and owner of Fusaro Photography, whose clients include BAD RAP, Guide Dogs for the Blind, k9 connection, Angel City Pit Bulls, and other animal rescue organizations. She lives in Los Angeles.
Their website is www.MyOldDogBook.com
My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts
Written by Laura T. Coffey / Photographs by Lori Fusaro
Foreword by Neko Case / Afterwords by Dr. Marty Becker & Mikkel Becker
Pets · October 6, 2015
$24.95 · 256 pages
Paper-over-board hardcover · Full color throughout