|Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan|
On the surface, this book would appear to be yet another memoir of a man and his dog. Oh, but this is so much more than that. There is a man, yes -- Ryan, the New York Times bestselling author of Following Atticus. And there is a dog -- a deaf, mostly blind, senior dog that is raging against the dying light. But this is not your typical rescue story of human saves animal, or animal saves his person.
This is a story of finding the life you have always wanted, and needed, by submitting to that which you would never have knowingly chosen. Up front, Ryan thought he was providing a temporary last home for a dog that was expected to live only a very short time. In essence, it was a hospice situation. Ryan was offering Will a place, and space, to die with dignity.
Things are never this simple, though, are they? This weak, angry dog wasn't ready to die without a fight, without experiencing the underlying beauty that is so easy to miss in life. The heart of this book is how two souls, Tom and Will, became the beauty they were each seeking.
As an animal welfare volunteer who deals with abandoned, forgotten souls on a daily basis, I found myself deeply moved by the profound truths of this poignant story. The truths you will discover when you read this book are these:
"It's never too late to trust again, to love or be loved again; and it's never too late to live again." ~ Will's WisdomYes, this book will make you cry, but the tears will be joyous and healing. They will be a celebration of the triumph of a life lived in full. I found this book to be an incredibly beautiful tribute to what happens when you become who you were always meant to be.
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