The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

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"This book will grab your heart and not let go." --John Grogan, author of Marley & Me

"A wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read!" --Lily King, author of Euphoria and The Pleasing Hour

"If you've ever loved a dog, this book is a must-read." -- Missourian

The Sanctuary is a refuge for strays and rescued dogs. Evie has joined a training program there, though she knows almost nothing about animals. Like the greyhound who won't move, the Rottweiler with attitude problems, or the hound who might be a candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie has a troubled past. But as they all learn, no one should stay prisoner to a life she didn't choose. Heartfelt and hilarious in turn, this is a deeply moving story of the countless ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves, and new hope.

"This is a miracle of a book . . . Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness. If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer." --Gail Godwin, author of Evensong and Publishing

"A moving and joyous romp . . . All the dogs are wonderfully, fully drawn characters . . . A brilliantly crafted, uplifting book." -- The Bark
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books,, 2015.
Edition: First Mariner books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780544483934
0544483936
Characteristics: 293 pages
Alternative Title: Mountaintop School for Dogs

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samcmar Aug 08, 2017

This was a surprise of a read! This book is about second-chances at a better life, and more specially about rescue dogs who are looking for a forever home but have perhaps done things in the past that make them "unwanted." This book broke my heart! I own two dogs and I couldn't be witho... Read More »


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samcmar Aug 08, 2017

This was a surprise of a read! This book is about second-chances at a better life, and more specially about rescue dogs who are looking for a forever home but have perhaps done things in the past that make them "unwanted." This book broke my heart! I own two dogs and I couldn't be without either of them in my life, but this book reminds us that like people, dogs deserve to be loved and needed. They need to the right person to give them the compassion they need. You learn so much about the dogs in this story, their personalities and it makes me wish I could just adopt all the homeless dogs out there.

Move over crazy cat lady status, meet crazy dog owner lady (my life's goal, clearly!)

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juliepiano
Nov 07, 2014

I really wanted to like this book. I love books about self-discovery and the idea of finding oneself by working with rescue dogs seemed like a plot I would enjoy. It took me a while to read this book simply because I didn't have that normal urge to pick it up and continue reading. The characters are a bit strange - very little background information is given about the characters so you are left wondering why they are acting like they are. I kept waiting for the climax of the story-line but it never came. I enjoyed getting to know the dogs, but the human interaction was definitely lacking.

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