Rescue Dogs by Peter Paxton with Gene Stone, 2019 TarcherPerigee, and imprint of Penguin Random House. $26.
Peter Paxton is the pseudonym of an undercover animal activist who investigates, and helps to shut down, puppy mills and dog brokers. It’s an inside look at businesses that thrive at the expense of live animals and Paxton and Stone don’t shy away from some of the sordid details. It’s hard to read about some of the dogs Paxton had to leave behind, or couldn’t help without risking blowing his cover but there are plenty of stories sprinkled throughout the book about dogs who survived and later found good homes.
Besides describing some of his undercover operations, Paxton offers readers tips on how to choose a rescue dog, what supplies you’ll need when acquiring a dog, some training tips, and ways a person can get involved in rescue efforts.
As someone who knows many caring, responsible breeders, I wish he had qualified the word “breeders” when he was discussing puppy mills but I can’t argue with his goal to eliminate puppy mills. He also mentions some rescue groups who rescue from other countries, and we’re learning now that sometimes that means introducing new canine diseases into this country.
The book is well written, well thought out, and full of good information for anyone wanting to rescue a dog.
Past president, Cat Writers’ Association
Past secretary, Dog Writers Association of America
Award-winning author, 14 animal books
“Cats! Train Your Owner” (Flash Cards)
Numerous magazine articles