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The Man Who Talks to Dogs

The Story of Randy Grim and His Fight to Save America's Abandoned Dogs

Melinda Roth; Preface by Tony La Russa; Foreword by Michael W. Fox

St. Martin's Griffin

Go to any unpopulated or abandoned area in any given urban setting, and you'll find them. Thousands and thousands of wild dogs-abandoned to disease, starvation, and inevitable death-are leading short and brutal lives in the no-man's-land between domestication and wildness, byproducts of the human destitution around them. A lucky few are saved by dedicated rescuers, and Randy Grim, has emerged as one of the country's leading dog saviors. After years of rescuing dogs on his own, he founded Stray Rescue of St. Louis, an organization dedicated to rescue and rehabilitation.

These are dogs that belong to no one, the ones animal-control experts can't catch and humane shelters won't deal with. They are stray or feral, either abandoned or born wild on the streets, which means they won't come near humans and statistically won't live past their second year. And their numbers are growing every day.

In The Man Who Talks to Dogs, journalist Melinda Roth narrates Grim's dramatic, inspiring efforts and tells the horrific and heartwarming stories of the dogs he saves, showing how this growing national health problem-controlled by no federal or local regulations-can no longer be ignored.

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Part OneChapter OneThe First: NoelThe blizzard barreled down on the dark city at fifty miles per hour, and as the wind whipped power lines in the air like jump ropes and sent empty shopping carts racing with loose debris down the curb, ice pellets slammed up against the side of the ancient, unheated lime-green Volkswagen bus that crawled down Chouteau Street doing ten.Inside the bus, Randy Grim gripped the steering wheel and repeated after the voice on his stress-management tape:"FEAR IS INSTINCTUAL.""Fear is instinctual.""FEAR IS AN ILLUSION.""Fear is an illusion
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"With warmth, intelligence and lyrical detail, [Roth] shows us how Grim manages the stray rescues he's now famous for."

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  • Melinda Roth; Preface by Tony La Russa; Foreword by Michael W. Fox

  • Melinda Roth has worked as a state political correspondent and feature writer for the St. Louis Riverfront Times and as the education reporter for the Edwardsville Intelligencer. Raised in the Chicagoland area, she has three children and two rescued dogs.
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The Man Who Talks to Dogs

The Story of Randy Grim and His Fight to Save America's Abandoned Dogs

Melinda Roth; Preface by Tony La Russa; Foreword by Michael W. Fox

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