Nominated for a Maxwell Award from DWAA as the best Human/Animal Bond book of 2012
Dan was a traveling business man content with his life when a twist of fate pulled him off the road and changed his life forever. A chance meeting with an unexpected puppy captured his heart, and before he knew it he was getting certified as a dog trainer, opening a dog day care and training facility and running a rescue for Weimaraners. Just when he thought he had seen it all, a friend alerted him to an advertisement for a Weimaraner described as a show dog. Upon their meeting Dan was horrified at the dog's condition and vowed to give him a better life. Little did he know the dog, Maverick, would be the one taking Dan on an unforgettable journey.
As seen on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, this book tells the heartwarming tale of the full journey of Maverick from a life of abuse and neglect to being the much-loved underdog at the 2012 Westminster Dog Show in New York.
Proceeds from this book directly benefit Mid-Atlantic Weimaraner Rescue. If you are considering getting a Weimaraner, please check rescue and adoption resources first. Purebred dogs end up in shelters every day.
"This is an inspirational book that is truly "about the dog."
-David Baker, Editor, publisher, news designer and copy editor, Pets Adviser and Super Copy Editors
“Every reputable breeder can relate to the panic when ‘one of his/hers’ is unaccounted for. Every rescue person can tell a dozen horror stories of abuse and neglect. Every rescue volunteer can tell stories of happy endings. But only Dan can tell Maverick’s story – his story will leave a paw print on your heart.”
–Dr. Dana Massey, Award-winning Breeder/Owner Win’Weim Weimaraners and AKC Judge
“It seems like you can’t look ten feet these days without running into someone’s memoir about their dog. They’re everywhere, and they all kind of blend into one story after a while – except Dan and Maverick. Their story has something for everyone, whether you are a dog fancy expert, rescue advocate, or just someone who is moved by the power of one man’s unwavering belief inside this neglected creature he found on Craigslist was the heart of a champion. It’s a story you would find hard to believe if it were a work of fiction because it’s just such an unbelievable trajectory. Way to go Mav!”
-Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, author and owner of Pawcurious Media
“As many dog books and stories of rescue that I've encountered over the years, this one is something unlike anything that I've ever heard. Having had the privilege to meet Dan and Maverick in person, I can testify that the love that emanates between the two of them is incredibly powerful, as is the bond that they have forged. One Unforgettable Journey is the story of a man with a heart of gold and a dog with the heart of a champion.”
-Dr. Katy Nelson - Veterinarian, Host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy on Washington DC's News Channel 8, WTOP's "Dr. Pawz," and host of Pawsitive Talk on HealthyLife.Net
"It's not very often that one has the opportunity to peer into a world that is beyond ourselves. Animal rescues, dog shows and life choices are just a handful to mention. But One Unforgettable Journey encompasses more than that. With a fire-side chat nostalgia, Dan and Kristine lay out a light yet heartwarming tale of a Maverick: a dog who truly begets his name. Whether a pet owner, fancier or someone who just appreciates the bonds we have with our four legged friends, this book carries the tones of how every rescue can and often is the Best in our hearts."
-Xavier A. Santiago, International Actor, On-Air Host, Animal Planet’s Groomer Has It Judge, Producer, Breeder and Professional Handler
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