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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Foster Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781455186952
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Disaster-prone writer and reluctant dog rescuer Ken Foster never intended to adopt an abandoned dog. But after bringing Brando home, he finds it hard not to notice how many homeless strays there are in the city. Suddenly, he finds them everywhere—from a beagle abandoned in a New York City dog run to a pit bull in a Mississippi truck stop—and finds himself unable to resist taking them home. But what he gains from them in return is far richer than his own expense.

Their circumstances offer a grounding counterpoint to his own misfortunes: the shock of New York City after 9/11, the deaths of two close friends, the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and the day his heart nearly stopped for good. He writes eloquently about the world of animal shelters, the nature of compassion, and the empowering effect of rescuing—and being rescued.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pitbulls pitbulls pitbulls, and a man, like me, who loves them. Alternately brutal and sentimental, like the lives of the dogs he rescues. A very very cool book.”

    James Frey, New York Times bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces

  • “Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and great heart. This is a fascinating and useful book, full of great stories and practical knowledge. Ken’s dogs are lucky to have found him, and so are his readers.”

    Sean Wilsey, New York Times bestselling author of Oh the Glory of It All

  • “An absorbing and quirky memoir…Foster’s style is blunt, funny and poignant. He smoothly melds the events of his turbulent life along with the gritty details of rescuing abandoned dogs into a piece that goes to the heart.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] beautiful and funny account of dog love…This light, deeply felt chronicle puts that bestselling confection Marley & Me in the shade.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “As if channeling the frank and fundamental nature of dogs, Foster’s sentences hide little pretense or poetry…[A] charming account of a life among dogs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Warm, candid…not sentimental about the hard work of saving dogs but rather confident, reflecting [Foster’s] belief that taking action on behalf of abandoned dogs is the right thing to do.”

    Booklist

  • “I read this at once, and could hardly bear to put it down. It delivers something crucial about bravery, the human spirit, and the place that dogs occupy in our landscapes. It’s about confronting need, vulnerability, and love, and responding.”

    Roxana Robinson, author of Cost and Georgia O’Keefe: A Life

  • “Foster’s dogs are memorable, delightful characters, with vivid, poignant stories. The Dogs Who Found Me is a testament to the joys dogs bring, and to the beauty in the work of saving them.”

    René Steinke, National Book Award finalist for Holy Skirts

  • “Generosity and gratitude power this compelling account of the reciprocal nature of rescue. Ken Foster illuminates a profound lesson about saving a life: Doing it makes you able to do it.”

    Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Reasons to Live

  • “If you love dogs as much as Ken Foster, you will probably recognize yourself in much of The Dogs Who Found Me. You will remember your heart stopping or being shredded…only to be repaired with an even greater capacity to love.”

    Terry Bain, author of You Are a Dog

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/11/2014

    " I'm sure this book had good intentions, but unlike other animal stories I read, it left me depressed and sad and I had to stop reading it early. The scene of the woman punching the pitbull in the head still haunts me today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " This guys is a writer whose subject is...dogs. Surprise, surprise! BUT this book tells about his own adoption/rescue stories; mostly of dogs who find HIM rather than the other way around. If you'd like to know more about rescuing, this book will tell you what you can do, even if you're just doing it on your own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Lee | 1/29/2014

    " Your expected schmaltzy easy read about animals friends, a book you read because you like schmaltzy books about animal friends. That would be me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/27/2014

    " If your a dog lover, you will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book! It is a true tale of how dogs change your life for the better...and I really do believe THEY find you! All of the dogs I have fostered or rescued found me. That's the only way I can explain it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darice | 1/16/2014

    " Some great vignettes, but the ending is lackluster. At times, the train of thought is difficult to follow. Overall, OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer (aka EM) | 1/2/2014

    " Tells the story of dog rescuer Ken Foster from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina in both a practical and a personal way. Low on sentiment and - remarkably, given some of the segments - anger. High on responsibility and love for dogs. Would have liked pictures of those he's rescued and his own dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/2/2014

    " This is a great book about a man who doesn't pass by a dog that has no home. He has something to teach everyone about caring for stranded animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/2/2014

    " Stories about rescued dogs - how can you go wrong? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 11/9/2013

    " I loved this book. It was an easy read. I wish that he had shared pictures of his dogs in the book. I am a noticer of dogs too. I actually notice dogs way before I notice people. This book has useful information about rescuing dogs, and organizations that help! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Clark | 10/31/2013

    " Another excellent book about a person's introduction into the world of animal rescue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Mateo | 10/11/2013

    " Loved it. Great audio book! My only complaint, not long enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 8/28/2013

    " I love all animals but dogs especially and this book really tugged at my heartstrings. I salute the author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 7/8/2013

    " Self-indulgent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 6/3/2013

    " This book makes me want to adopt 10 dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penn | 5/28/2013

    " another find at the Princeton public library sale shelves. I really enjoyed this book. A surprising link to another book/person I had read recently: Truth and Beauty by Anne Patchett "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/29/2013

    " I read through this book in about 4 hours and I am a sllllooowww reader! If you're in rescue, you'll totally relate to this author. I found myself showing a few passages to my husband and saying, "See? This is why I do it!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 12/5/2012

    " Loved this book; love all of his books. This book was about all of the stray / unwanted dogs who have come across Mr. Foster's path, and his participation in finding them their "forever homes" .......... eagerly await all future books from Ken Foster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liseuse | 11/15/2012

    " Ken Foster's sweet tale of falling in love with the outcast breeds, rotties and pit bulls. then he documents his experience with hurricaine katrina. it's a must read for dog rescuers and pit bull and rottie guardians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Martinez | 4/26/2012

    " We follow the author learning through loving. Suspense comes from wondering how each dog's story will work out. Spare writing style increases the power of the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cavin Balaster | 12/8/2011

    " Great stories. Written pretty well. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 11/1/2011

    " Fantastic book. Highly recommend for anyone in animal rescue or who has a special place in their heart for dogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nico | 10/17/2011

    " so disjointed... like a drunk person recounting last night's dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice Opper | 7/24/2011

    " cried. ever so much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/24/2011

    " Yay, dogs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 5/14/2011

    " Loved it. Great audio book! My only complaint, not long enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/14/2011

    " THIS is one of the very BEST dog books of all time------------which, to me, means one of the best books of all time. (Yes, even some books without a dog theme can be OK, or even good, IMHO!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terra | 4/16/2011

    " this book made me realize how much I am becoming a dog lover late in life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/14/2010

    " I liked learning by listening to the experiences of someone who learned by having dogs - not an expert. When I hear from experts sometimes it helps but it seems so easy for them and their abilities seem out of reach for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/24/2010

    " I listened to this on Audio and found it a nice tale to drive to. A story or a man and how he started to rescue dogs and the effect they had on him. Well read and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 9/17/2010

    " Great for a dog lover. Makes me miss living with a dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 6/2/2010

    " I loved this book! It is a true tale of how dogs change your life for the better...and I really do believe THEY find you! All of the dogs I have fostered or rescued found me. That's the only way I can explain it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hil | 5/3/2010

    " This is a book for dog lovers. The author does a great job describing his connection with his dogs, dogs he rescues and all dogs. At times my heart broke hearing the stories of dogs being mistreated. But it is a great story about the compassion people can have for their 4 legged friends. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Foster

Ken Foster is the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His collection of short stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, and the Believer.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television.