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Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

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Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf?  In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.
Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf?  In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.

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Publish date: Oct 9, 2012
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Copyright:Attribution Non-commercialISBN:9781616203238
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untitled841 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Touching story of how a greyhound rescued Mr. Wolf. This book was informative and at time humorous, anyone who has trained a dog in a non conventional way will understand.
marzia22_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I miss my greyhound. I always thought he would make a good therapy dog, but I never thought of him as service dog? He could stand still and let the kids at the bus stop fawn over him for hours, but pull a shopping cart or someone in a wheel chair? Amazing and touching to think of a greyhound doing so!
whitreidtan reviewed this
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Animal lovers know that animals can sometimes, inexplicably, instantly, sense a need in us that we may not even be aware of and can place themselves inside that hole in our lives, saving us, comforting us, and loving us. Comet's Tale is the story of one such special dog, a greyhound rescue who offered love and trust and that undefinable everything that make our animals truly angels on earth and prove the cliche that they save us more than we ever save them. Steven Wolf was a successful and driven attorney in a happy marriage who had a good relationship with his daughters when the debilitating and degenerative spinal condition that he had been diagnosed with decades prior finally drove him into early retirement, forced him to move from Nebraska to Arizona for the climate, strained his marriage almost to the breaking point, alienated his daughters, and crippled not only his body but his spirit. The only thing that got him through the darkest days was the love of a dog who had herself almost been broken by cruelty and neglect. Wolf was lucky enough to have been chosen by Comet, a rescued greyhound who maintained a steady presence and radiated love and care for him no matter how low he got.The story opens with Wolf meeting Comet for the first time and the two of them choosing each other beyond a shadow of a doubt. Then it goes back in time to tell the tale of how Wolf ended up at the ranch with the rescued greyhouds, proceeding through Wolf's gentle teaching and socialization of Comet, their relationship together, Comet learning to be a service dog for Wolf, and eventually to her happy, spoiled retirement. Wolf educates the reader on the historical background of the greyhound breed, the terrible and inhumane reality of current day dog racing conditions, and the great need for rescues for these gentle dogs. He also pulls no punches when discussing the reality of living in chronic pain and the emotional toll it takes not only on the person suffering but all those who love him as well. He chronicles the cost of his move from Nebraska to Arizona in terms of his relationship with his wife and his almost grown daughters and he shares the depths of his own depression and anger at his body and the situation.Wolf's love for Comet shines through their story and there are many memorable moments between man and dog that exemplify why so many of us in the world would think our families incomplete without a dog or two. There are also some wonderfully humorous moments captured here. And Comet's unique personality is shown beautifully. The stress and uncertainty of living with a progressive disability and the ignorance and prejudice shown towards those with disabilities is also well handled. There is a bit of repetition in the book, perhaps caused by the non-linearity and final construction of the text but in general, this is an inspiring and special tale that dog lovers will enjoy.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
For Wolf, a former lawyer forced into early retirement by his declining health, a rescued greyhound literally becomes his savior. Chronic pain from a back injury at 43 leads to his ouster from the Omaha firm he helped build. Needing a change of climate, he moves to Sedona, Ariz., where he and his wife own a second home. However, this means living apart from his three daughters and his wife (a doctor and now the sole breadwinner). As he lives solo for nine-month stretches, simple tasks become increasingly difficult. When he adopts a rescued greyhound, the docile Comet both helps him with daily life and helps alleviate Wolf's loneliness. As his health declines further, Wolf trains Comet to be a service dog, able to open doors by their handles, help with stairs, pull shopping carts, fetch phones, as well as provide emotional support. In one episode, Comet pulls her owner across the street to introduce him to two new neighbors-one of whom happens to know a doctor who performs experimental back surgery. Though Wolf's narrative becomes treacly and he anthropomorphizes Comet's actions too often, he also recognizes that, and tries to reconcile his love for his dog with his knowledge of dog behavior. Agent: Betsy Amster. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2012-07-09, Publishers Weekly

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