The preface of this book explains how they met and introduces the dog that started this adventure. Tara was wife Debbie's dog when Rosenfelt met her, and they (Debbie AND Tara) quickly stole his heart. In fact, Rosenfelt fans know that Andy Carpenter has a Golden Retriever named Tara in his series, and that dog is my favorite character. Obviously modeled after the real Tara, this fictional one seems wiser than most humans and never shy about voicing her opinions.
As the book starts, David and Debbie are moving from California to Maine. They are in a three RV caravan with eleven people (some they just met) who offered to help them transport their 25 rescue dogs to their new home. Most of us would be overwhelmed by that number but not David, who, at times, housed 42 of these canines in need. The trip is an interesting one, and Rosenfelt tells it in his own heartwarming style. His humor, often at his own expense, never fails to make me smile...and often laugh out loud.
Some chapters tell of the dogs' backgrounds and some tell of their lives now, but every chapter helps even those who are not dog fanatics think about going down to the shelter and bringing home a dog. I rarely have a bad word to say about a Rosenfelt book, and this is no exception. His humor and obvious warmth cover any tiny flaw that might be found. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Dogtripping. It might just lead to a doggie adoption in your life, and even if not, it will surely give you a few good laughs.
Publisher - St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition
Date of Publication - July 22, 201