Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Walking with Peety The Dog Who Saved My Life

Walking with Peety
The Dog Who Saved My Life
by Eric O'Grey
Grand Central Publishing
Biographies & Memoirs , Home & Garden
Pub Date 10 Oct 2017 
EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781478971160
PRICE $26.00 (USD)
FTC Reviewed for Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley


Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life-eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart. WALKING WITH PEETY is for anyone who is ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story of friendship and strength.

My Thoughts

Eric O'Grey was a well educated,  depressed, obese, type 2 diabetic. By his own admission, he was becoming withdrawn and finding it easier to purchase things online than go out in public...searching for them. 

Eric is informed in his current state, he may only have 5 years to live. He changes doctors and changes his perspective when he is told he needs a plant-based diet and to adopt a shelter dog. Eric, not having owned a dog before, contacts a shelter and ends up adopting Raider, a border collie Australian Shepherd mix, changing his name to Peety. 

Over the course of the first year, we see how drastically Eric and Peety change. Both bond, consume a plant-based diet and lose weight together, becoming more social in the process.

I found this book intriguing after having read The Animals Among Us How Pets Make Us Human, by John Bradshaw. As there is a section in there on the great health benefits of dog ownership ascribed to green space.

"WALKING WITH PEETY" is an inspirational relationship book. It is centered on the bonding of a man, and his dog. It is one of those heartwarming stories where you learn how one rescues the other. 

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