Dog Is My Copilot Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-06-19
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

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;These dogs knowthey absolutely knowthat they're being rescued. When they're pulled from a shelter and put on a plane, their whole attitude changes. It's like they sense that everything is going to be okay. ; --volunteer rescue pilot, Sam Taylor As a decorated helicopter pilot, Sam Taylor flew Search and Rescue missions during the Vietnam War. Today, his rescue work is closer to homeand extremely close to his heart. Taylor is one of roughly 2,000 private pilots who volunteer their time and their planes to fly abused, neglected, and homeless dogs from ;high-kill ; animal shelters to new ;forever ; homes across the country. Dog Is My Copilottells the story of Pilots N Paws, a high-flying animal rescue operation founded ;accidentally ; in 2008 when a private pilot offered to fly a mission of mercy to save an abused dog for a friend. Once on the ground, the pilot asked his friend if there was a big need to transport shelter animals from one part of the country to another. She responded, ;You have no idea. ; Since that time Pilots N Paws has grown to include thousands of pilots who have transported tens of thousand of ;death-row dogs ; (and a fair amount of cats and other animals), sometimes more than 1,000 miles away to new homes or no-kill shelters where they have a much higher chance of adoption ;People ask, ;Why would you spend $500 of your hard-earned money to fly a single dog?' My answer: ;It means a lot to that particular dog, and it's not just about the animalsit's about all the people who are also affected by his/her transport.' ; --Pilots N Paws pilot, Brett Grooms The true heart of Dog Is My Copilotare the 24 real-life rescue stories collected from pilots and their animal rescue counterparts on the ground. The short, captivating stories are accompanied by over 100 charming, poignant, color photosmost taken by the pilots themselvesof their canine passengers in flight.  Unexpected things can happen when dogs reach cruising altitude, and the stories in Dog Is My Copilotrun the emotional range from hilarious to heart-rendingbut the endings are always happy. These dogs are the lucky ones, and most of the pilots will tell you that when they get on the plane, they know it. After all, waiting for them on the ground hundreds of miles away is a second-chance at a happy life with a loving forever family. Dog Is My Copilotit's Chicken Soup for the Soulmeets Marley and Me&with just a dash of The Right Stuff.A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Pilots N Paws organization.

Author Biography

Patrick Regan lives in the middle of flyover country with his wife and children and their mostly good dog, Pearl (rescued, naturally). As often as possible, he accompanies his pilot friend, Sam Taylor, on animal rescue flights.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Dream of Flightp. 1
Liftoff … and Navigationp. 9
Flight Talesp. 23
Cassidy Rides Againp. 24
Home at Last, Home for Goodp. 28
Appetite for Aviationp. 32
Angel Gets Her Wingsp. 34
Mojo and Momp. 38
A Sweet Southern Girlp. 41
Pups on Approachp. 46
A Pilot's Pilotp. 49
Boxer, Undefeatedp. 53
Runt Triumphantp. 58
Up in the Air with Uncle Jimp. 62
Pilot Sam Gets a Few Pointersp. 65
Hell on Wheelsp. 70
Prestonp. 76
Phoenix Risingp. 78
A Moving Storyp. 84
All Species Airwaysp. 86
Honorable Dischargep. 89
Ernie's Journeyp. 92
Chance Encounterp. 96
Dorie's Storyp. 98
The Round-Tripperp. 104
Out of Mew Orleansp. 108
Saving Christmasp. 114
Learning to Flyp. 118
Afterwordp. 129
Appendixp. 133
How You Can Helpp. 135
Photo Creditsp. 136
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