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Dog Gone : A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home
by Pauls Toutonghi


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The true story of a lost dog s journey and a family s furious search to find him before it is too late.

Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker bolts into the woods.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The true story of a lost dog s journey and a family s furious search to find him before it is too late.

Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison s disease. If he s not found in twenty-three days, he will die.
The search begins. Fielding and his father, John, are dispatched to the field. They have the family s other dog, Uli, in tow. Combing the trails, Fielding and his father bond like never before. Fielding s sister, Peyton, calls and talks him through some of his lowest moments. And at home Fielding s mother, Virginia, sets up a command center.
Virginia becomes a field general. With a map and a phone book at her side, she contacts animal shelters, police precincts, general stores, community centers, newspapers, radio stations, churches, and park rangers. She is tireless. The local paper in Waynesboro, Virginia, writes a small story about the family s search. The story hits the AP newswire. Tips many of them of questionable authenticity pour in from across the country. But as the search continues, the Marshalls realize they may not survive losing Gonker. Even as the wounds of their past return to haunt them and threaten to jeopardize everything, they know they have one mission: bring Gonker home.
With a big heart, intelligent humor, and a deft touch, Pauls Toutonghi tells this true tale of loss, love, and resilience.Dog Goneis by turns a story about how a family comes together in a crisis and the way heroism can assert itself in the little things we do each day.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781101947012
  • ISBN-10: 1101947012
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 272


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

The latest from Toutonghi (Evel Knievel Days) tells the story of Gonker, a golden retriever who goes missing on a hike with his owner, the author’s brother-in-law. Toutonghi explains that he felt the need to tell the story on behalf of his wife’s family, as he felt the deep connection Gonker had to the family, a defining connection that forged a link between his mother-in-law and brother-in-law. The search for Gonker brings the family closer emotionally, and when the story of Gonker’s disappearance makes it to the AP newswire, the outpouring of concern from total strangers helps restore the family’s faith in humankind as well. More a commentary on human nature, family dynamics, and past sorrows than a standard lost-dog story, the book uses Gonker’s disappearance to explore the gamut of human emotions that family relationships can exude. (June)

 
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