A challenging foster dog invites an experienced foster mama to explore where the endless stream of unwanted dogs is coming from and how it will ever end.
After welcoming her one hundredth foster dog (and her puppies), Cara grabs her best friend, fills a van with donations, and heads south to discover what is really happening in the rural shelters where her foster dogs originate. What she discovers will break her heart and compel her to share the story of heroes and villains and plenty of good dogs, in the hope of changing this world. Cara fosters her most challenging dog yet and she and her husband are pushed to the brink of what they will do to save a dog. Cara wonders why the need seems endless. She hatches a plan to head south on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip. Each stop exposes more of the realities of rural animal shelters. The hopelessness seems unsurmountable until they discover one shelter, deep in South Carolina that has found the answers and is truly a ‘no-kill’ shelter. One Hundred Dogs and Counting will introduce the reader to many good dogs, but also to inspirational people sacrificing personal lives and fortunes to save deserving animals. It will offer not just the entertaining stories of plenty of loveable good dogs, but the real problem of unwanted animals in our rural shelters, and how the reader can be part of the solution.
"Saddened by her emptying nest, Cara Sue Achterberg started fostering dogs—dozens of them. Here she shares the journey (and some super cute photos)."
– People (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)
"Heartwarming and humorous. Achterberg fills her readers with the warmth of hope and light of inspiration, which will likely galvanize a new wave of fosters."
– Shelf Awareness (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)
"That’s where people like Cara Sue Achterberg come into the picture. Another Good Dog has to be the ‘feel good’ book of the year. The perfect gift."
– Best Friends (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)
"A love letter not only to the dogs she fostered, but to all the dogs she hopes to save in the future."
– Kim Kavin, award-winning author of The Dog Merchants (Praise for ANOTHER GOOD DOG)
"Big hearted, inspiring and passionate. Lucky are the dogs who pass through Achterberg’s arms on their way to the lives they so richly deserve. Honest and engaging."
– Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of THE DOG WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
"Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end."
– Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of THE LOST DOGS