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The Dog Who Took Me Up a Mountain: How Emme the Australian Terrier Changed My Life When I Needed It Most

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The uplifting story of two unlikely mountaineers: a man in late middle age and a fearless pint-sized pup who, together, scale Colorado's highest peaks.

By the time life had finished hitting Rick Crandall from all sides, he was at the lowest point of his life, both personally and professionally. Depressed to find himself facing a mid-late-life age crisis and watc
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Health Communications Inc
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Clare O'Beara
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great tale about an author needing help through the recession and the tiny dog with a big heart who helped him. Together they climbed several mountains over fourteen thousand feet in Colorado, while at home, the terrier's pups were showing champions like their mum in her early life.

If you like dogs, the outdoors, an inspiration to get up and do something positive, or just armchair travel, this book will be a source of delight.

I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley and Fresh Fiction. The pictures
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Karen
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
All dogs are special, some are a little more so. All of us who have shared our lives with dogs have made an extra strong connection to a dog and Emme was that dog for Crandall. Emme sounds like a wonderful little dog and I love that she encouraged her human to get out and move more regardless of his age. I've been learning more about movement and the impact it has on our bodies. Dogs are wonderful for encouraging us to move more. I know my two little guys won't let me slack off. It's hard to say ...more
Jennifer
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This is a very good book well written and interesting. It is about Rick a man in his 60's that is re evaluating his life and where he wants to go from here. His wife suggests they get a dog to help fill in the missing spot in their lives. Along comes Emma an Australian Terrier and she changes his life for the better. Together they start climbing mountains in Aspen Colorado and along their lifes journey he comes to realize things about himself. Makes you look at life a bit differently a ...more
Jean
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of a man and the love he had in the small package of
his dog, Emme an Australian terrier! It is such a good book of their time together
in the gorgeous mountains. I did cry at the end, these little guys aren't with
us long enough, but their memories remain for life. It is a very good book!

Thank you so much, NetGalley, the writers and the Publisher for giving me the chance
to enjoy this book!
Amanda Edwards
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story of a dog and her owner. I think every dog lover could relate to parts of this story. A man and his dog. The dog seems to understand the man. Such a cool way to bond with a dog. Loved the book.
Alison
This was a really fun story about the author, and his dog Emme a small Australian terrier who both fell in love with mountain climbing.
The author was at a turning point in his life, at the lowest he had ever been, and his work life crumbling, he was in need of a change.
His wife suggested getting a dog, and they ended up with a fearless puppy, who at first was being groomed to be a show dog. After having tasted the outdoors and the freedom it gave here Emme wanted nothing to do with D
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Teena in Toronto
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
When Crandall was in his mid-fifties, his life changed. He was burnt out mentally, physically and spiritually. He had recently gotten divorced, his father had recently passed away and for health reasons he needed to leave Michigan and move some place sunnier. He met and married Pamela and moved to Colorado to start a new life there.

Pamela was an animal lover and they got Emme, an Australian terrier puppy in 2005. She was show dog quality but didn't enjoy it. Her passion, which she sh
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Chad Guarino
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the breezy story of Emme the Australian Terrier and her hiking adventures with her human Rick, a veteran of the tech industry who feels a bit adrift after the industry bubble burst. Rick finds Emme at a critical time in his life, and she helps him find new passion in hiking Colorado's series of "fourteeners" (14,000 FT mountains).

Emme, a champion show dog, is full of personality: 20 LBS at most but the boss of everyone and the unquestioned alpha. Crandall's warm (and nearly u
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Janet Graham
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Memoir of Man and Dog
This is a warm and wonderful memoir about a man and his dog. Remarkably, the author has not fallen into the pitfalls of making the story about him or other people. This book is all about his dog and what she was to him. His love for this rascal of a terrier is evident on every page as she leads him through a section of life that can be very difficult. She helps him find new passions and a more true version of the meaning of life. Anyone who has ever deeply lo
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Nicole
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. **

This is a wonderful book about the special bond between Emme, an Australian Terrier and her human, Rick Crandall. In his fifties and burnt out with his job, Crandall picks up his life and moves from Ann Arbor, MI to Aspen, CO. He remarries and his new wife promptly tells him she wants to get a dog. After much research, Emme is brought into their lives. With her strong personality and alpha-female attitude, she he
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Jolene
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and touching book about the bond between a man and his dog. Once again we learn how wonderful dogs are and how they can improve our health and save our lives in so many ways. This book reminded me of another book called FOLLOWING ATTICUS. If you love dogs and want to better yourself, read this book for inspiration.
Annarella
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that made me smile and cry, heart warming and heart wrenching.
I liked the story, the style of writing and I'm happy it gave me food for thought.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
sbtbkb
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an inspiring book. I loved how the dog had such an impact on his life. The ending was a bit abrupt. Im glad he didn't dwell on his decline and death. But I would have liked more on how he soldiered on without emme and how it was different. I loved how much personality emme had. I also loved the description of how gorgeous Colorado is
Paul
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for sharing Emme with us. This is a very nice story of an amazing little dog. It's not the best dog memoir out there, but still a good read. I didn't expect to cry at the end, but it was a loss to lose her even though I knew she was gone at the beginning.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
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