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    DescriptionWhile hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Riley's presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. What didn't come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Riley's destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. For much of Zak's childhood, he was at the bottom of a veritable canyon himself-a canyon whose imprisoning depth and darkness was created by bullies who just wouldn't quit and parents who weren't capable of love. From the age of five, Zak was everyone's favorite target. When Zak came upon Riley, the puppy's condition bespoke his abusers' handiwork-three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other. As a former US Marine sergeant, Zak was one of only a few people with the mettle and physical wherewithal to get Riley out. And in rescuing him, Zak was also attempting to save himself, conquering the currents of cruelty that swelled beneath his early life and always threatened to drown him.

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    Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself
    A Man and His Dog's Struggle to Find Salvation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Zachary Anderegg, With Pete Nelson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 113 g
    ISBN 13: 9781626361706
    ISBN 10: 1626361703

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC E4L: PET
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.4
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JFFZ
    B&T General Subject: 600
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    BIC subject category V2: WNGD
    Ingram Subject Code: PT
    Libri: I-PT
    B&T Approval Code: A74700000
    BISAC V2.8: FAM001010
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: NAT039000, PET004000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: B3
    B&T Approval Code: A63707000
    BISAC V2.8: PET010000, BIO026000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 636.0092
    DC21: 636.0092
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FAM049000
    LC classification: SF422.82.A63 A3 2013
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: WNGD, DNC, JBFU
    Illustrations note
    21 color photos
    Skyhorse Publishing
    Imprint name
    Skyhorse Publishing
    Publication date
    12 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Zachary Anderegg joined the Marines after graduating high school and served from 1994--1998, achieving the rank of Sergeant E5. Since 2002, he has owned two successful businesses, Dream Catcher Yachts and The Wrench-It Center with his wife, Michelle. In 2010, he was exploring a slot canyon near Page, Arizona, when he found Riley. He has appeared with Riley and Michelle on Inside Edition, The Today Show, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pete Nelson received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and has written for numerous magazines, including Harper's, Playboy, and Esquire. He is the author of the novel I Thought You Were Dead and numerous nonfiction titles, including Left for Dead and That Others May Live. He resides in Westchester, New York.
    Review quote
    "Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself is for anyone who has ever thought of giving up. It is an extraordinary story not only of love, but of strength, perseverance, and above all, courage. Read it to be inspired. Read it if you love to see the underdog (human or dog) triumph!" -- Kay Pfaltz, author of Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle "Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself is a sobering reminder of the cruelty that is prevalent toward not only animals, but among people, as well. Anderegg served as an angel to Riley and, in turn, Riley did what dogs do best... Help us to heal." -- Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.