- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 20mm | 113g
- Publication date: 12 December 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1626361703
- ISBN 13: 9781626361706
- Illustrations note: 21 color photos
- Sales rank: 181,394
While 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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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.
"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.