The Hunt of Her Life is a nonfiction book about Samantha, an unwanted rescue dog who the author adopts at age 2. This beautifully designed deluxe full-color book, by longtime newspaper journalist Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 60 vibrant color photos of dogs to help illustrate the compelling and uplifting story of Samantha - a pretty tricolor bird dog who uses her warm personality to win people over and build a new family after being put up for adoption by a hunter because she is gun-shy and afraid to hunt. Learn how she uses her special bonding abilities with people to help her eventually make a transition from the hunting fields to family life.
While reading the The Hunt of Her Life, you will travel with Samantha and the author along a trail filled with surprising twists, sudden turns, mystery and even what some call a miracle. And when the journey is finished, you may never look at people and their pets, motherhood - and perhaps even God - in the same way. The vibrant color photos are carefully positioned throughout the book so you can see images of Samantha and other dogs as you are reading about them, making the story and dogs come alive!
Pet enthusiasts will appreciate the deep bond shared between this unwanted rescue dog and the book's author. Their unique closeness helps Samantha to twice defy certain death.
Mothers will be touched by the relationship that the author has with his own mother. Their connection helps him to overcome many frustrations and deal with overwhelming odds in his suspenseful nationwide "hunt" to try to locate the unknown birthplace and family roots of his unregistered rescue dog after she eventually succumbs to illness.
Those who like suspense will be intrigued and fascinated by the crafty investigative journalism techniques the author uses to try to uncover his dog's family tree.
And everyone will be in awe as they come to realize that God all along has been providing a guiding hand in Samantha's journey through life and astonished when they ultimately learn about the mystical gift at the end of this rescue dog's trail.
The Hunt of Her Life is must reading. It will take you on a captivating journey - a trip like no other - that will touch your heart.
Joseph A. Reppucci of Lexington, Massachusetts, worked 35 years as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Greater Boston area and is retired from The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, a GateHouse Media newspaper. Mr. Reppucci writes an online column about dogs, The Ruff Report, which appears on hundreds of newspaper websites. The column focuses on animal abuse and rescue as well as other pet topics such as adoption, behavior, health, medicine and safety. He is a graduate of Lexington High School and of Suffolk University in Boston, where during his senior year he was the editor in chief of The Suffolk Journal, a student newspaper that won acclaim for its quality from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter@JosephAReppucci and Facebook/joseph.reppucci.
Loved this--most likely because my boys are, like Sam, rescued English Setters. The author has recounted her story as accurately as possible with all the love and tenderness this wonderfully loyal and beautiful breed deserve. I was touched by this book when I first read it and have reread it since the death of my first OESR rescue at the beginning of this month. The journey this author went to for this member of his family is touching and no less than Samantha deserved. Extremely touching...
This was a very sweet book. It got a little complicated when it got deep into the dog's genealogy, but it was fascinating to trace back her roots the way the author did. Anyone who has loved a dog will enjoy this book, especially if they like English Setters or other hunting dogs. Good read, very fast, I read it in about 2 hours on an airplane!