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Andreanna by S. L. Gilbow
The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere
Bark up the Right Tree by Jessie and Ruth Tschudin
Beware of Tigers by David Horowitz
Can You Spell Revolution? by Matt Beam
Dark Side of the Morgue by Raymond Benson
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fiction by Ara 13
Fool by Christopher Moore
Gambling for Good Mail by Evelyn Cole
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion by Mark Ames
The Heroes of Googley Woogley by Dalton James
The Letter by Richard Paul Evans
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
An Ornithologist's Guide to Life by Ann Hood
Politics in Compassion by Jack Schauer
The Price of Silence by Deborah Ross
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Sea Wrack by Edward Jesby
South-Sea Idyls Charles Warren Stoddard
Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers by Peter L. Benson
Stratosphere by Henry Garfield
The Take-Us by John Raymond Takacs
The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
The Silent Man by Alex Berenson
Ulysses by James Joyce
Vigilante Witch Hunter by Gary Turcotte
Voices Under Berlin by THE Hill
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Women in Business by Patricia Annino
The World I Never Made by James LePore



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Comments for Bark Up the Right Tree: Lessons from a Rescued Dog

Bark Up the Right TreeBark Up the Right Tree: 06/25/09

Bark up the Right Tree is a memoir penned by a dog with some help from her owner, Ruth Tschudin. It recounts her transformation from an abused dog to a rescue(d) dog. In her old age, Jessie was left at a shelter when the child of her original owners had started mistreat her. As a senior dog she wasn't exactly adoptable and that problem was compounded by health issues and timidity from her prior abuse.

On the other side of the equation is Ruth Tschudin, also a senior, who had an idea for using a dog in her volunteer work. She wanted a dog big enough to pull a child's wagon but old enough to be calm enough to fit the bill. After extensive searching, Jessie fit the bill.

Most of the book though is about Jessie's adoption and her recovery with the Tschudins. Each chapter ends with a summary of what lessons can be learned from the trials and errors just described.

Although Jessie and Ruth work with group homes and adoption agencies (both human and animal) very little of their actual work is mentioned in the book. I would have preferred this book be twice as long to include descriptions of what they do and what projects they've worked on together.

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Comment #1: Thursday, July, 2, 2009 at 00:38:21

Teddy

I agree with your review. I would have liked to see more of the actual work they did together too.



Comment #2: Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 15:39:12

Pussreboots

It sure felt like the book stopped half way through Jessie's story.