I met Debbie Eades a few years ago when I was working in the Emergency Room at Christ Hospital. She worked there as well, sitting at the front desk of the ER, the first person that the patients saw. She was funny and easy to talk to. I quickly learned of her love for animals, something that we share, as well as a birthday (separated by a number of years). I left the hospital after I finished grad school, but I keep in touch with my birthday buddy through Facebook, where I heard about her book, which can be purchased here, here, here and at Joseph-Beth for my Cincinnati friends. All profits go directly to help rural animal shelters and dog rescues around the country so that more dogs will have a happy ending.
Debbie has reached the point in her life where she could quit working, prop up her feet, and do nothing all day. But anyone who has been around Debbie for more than a second or two knows that that is not going to happen any time soon. Instead, she is putting her energy to good use, literally making the world a better place. Every weekend, all over the country, dogs are being rescued from certain death in kill shelters and then driven by dedicated animals lovers to a new life in another state. Debbie is one of those dedicated drivers. Actually, she prefers it when her husband is the driver, so she can be the dedicated comforter. This book is a collection of Debbie's stories from years spent on the Dog Rescue Railroad. Her stories are funny and touching, supplemented with pictures of the doggies she has met and helped along the way.
Each story focuses on a specific trip and usually on one dog, unless Debbie happened to be rescuing more than one that day. My only real complaint about this book is that the stories are not long enough. Most of them could have been filled out more. Also, I would have loved to have had a little more about Debbie, such as where her love for animals came from, and more about her getting involved in the Rescue Railroad. But those are minor complaints. Overall, the book was thoroughly enjoyable.