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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 watching his
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Health Communications Inc
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Max
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, adventure
Such a heartwarming book. You get exactly what you expect in this one - and that isn't a bad thing. It's a well written memoir. There was even a part that had me chuckling out loud (about Starbucks). It's amazing how a little dog can be so adventurous!

What I loved most were all the photos! There are quite a lot and they're all very nice and really complement the story. Plus, I just love me some cute dog pictures.
I wont spoil anything about the end. It gave me some strong feelings.

Thank you HCI
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Kelly Long
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
What a heartwarming story of the relationship between a man and his beloved dog. I very much enjoyed the latter part of this book that focused on the hiking as Emme and I aren't real interested in the primping if dog shows that was the focus of the first part.
As a dog lover and fan of mountain hiking, I enjoyed this book
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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Shannon Rochester
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I will pretty much request most books that are about the attachment of people and their animals. I have read more books than I can count about the subject and it never gets old to me. I do have to admit that the first part of the book did not do as much for me as the second part. There are so many dogs that die in shelters everyday that I do have a problem with breeders sometimes...on the other hand, I
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Conor C
Author: Rick Crandall
Title: The Dog Who Took Me Up a Mountain
Publication: Health Communications, October 8, 2019
Autobiography
Recommended Age: 15+

Summary
A man named Rick Crandall searches for the call of his life, and is uncertain on what or when it shall be bestowed upon him. He waits patiently and when he is about sixty-four, he adopts a puppy named Emme, who is the answer to his call. Rick begins to climb vigorous mountains, go on long hikes, etc, all starting by age sixty-four. His call is
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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 ...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 Dog shows,
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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 shared with
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Chad Guarino
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 unbelievable)
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Kaye
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A heartwarming story of a couple whose live was changed by adding a dog to the mix. As someone getting close to retirement, and the thought of adding a pet or two, this book called to me. To be honest though, a couple of things turned me off. First off, when they decided on a dog, they searched for the breed to fit characteristics. I felt they were purchasing a car, instead of a pet. Not a fan of puppy mills or purebreds, sorry. Second, the humor, while at times funny, started to wear on me ...more
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 loved a
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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 helps Crandall
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Amy Morris
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-sports
cute stories. Author cracks me up, though: he tells us, hey, my dog is a champion show dog, but she's really above it all. As am I. But I'll make sure to tell you 18 times that she's a champion. Same thing with agility. Oh, this dog is too smart for rigid agility courses. But I'll make sure to tell you she handily wins agility contests.

I liked the book. Dog was cute and their accomplishments together are inspiring. But truly, it is like reading someone brag about their own, most special and
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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.
Mitch
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story

Crandall has painted an amazing picture of a tremendous dog and a true hero. Emme is a true super hero. She was a true mountaineer and a true adventurer. A great story.
Witch-at-Heart
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely heartwarming story of the love between man and our faithful companions. Such a fantastic story. for any animal lover and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from NetGalley and HCI books for an honest review.
Jo
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the story of Rick and his dog, Emme. Emme certainly seemed to have a larger-than-life personality. A sweet story full of adventure - great for those who adore their pets and anyone who loves to explore the outdoors!

Thank you, HCI Books and NetGalley for a digital ARC!
Beatriz Pipkin
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book, specially because I have an Aussie. I just finished reading the book and I still crying.

I liked everything, from the moment that that I saw the cover I knew that I was going to read it.
Clayton Vette
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very motivational and touching with some entertaining stories mixed in. Lassie meets Tuesdays with Morrie. A great read and a great gift.
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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
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