Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf?
In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.
For Wolf, a former lawyer forced into early retirement by his declining health, a rescued greyhound literally becomes his savior. Chronic pain from a back injury at 43 leads to his ouster from the Omaha firm he helped build. Needing a change of climate, he moves to Sedona, Ariz., where he and his wife own a second home. However, this means living apart from his three daughters and his wife (a doctor and now the sole breadwinner). As he lives solo for nine-month stretches, simple tasks become increasingly difficult. When he adopts a rescued greyhound, the docile Comet both helps him with daily life and helps alleviate Wolf s loneliness. As his health declines further, Wolf trains Comet to be a service dog, able to open doors by their handles, help with stairs, pull shopping carts, fetch phones, as well as provide emotional support. In one episode, Comet pulls her owner across the street to introduce him to two new neighbors one of whom happens to know a doctor who performs experimental back surgery. Though Wolf s narrative becomes treacly and he anthropomorphizes Comet s actions too often, he also recognizes that, and tries to reconcile his love for his dog with his knowledge of dog behavior.
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What an amazing story!
I was so in to this book that brought joy, sorrow, tears and adventure. We have a special mixed breed dog that is greyhound and chocolate lab. She has those doe eyes, small ears, greyhound strong hips, and long legs. And is a beautiful brown. She is so patient and understanding. She was 1 1/2 when she chose us to be her parents. We love her and realize how special she is. Thanks for writing this life story,,,,,,it was truly a 10.
Being "owned" by a rescued racing greyhound, I could relate to the delightful descriptions of Comet's behavior. My Rosa is very much the same type of dignified, yet goofy, greyhound. Thank you!
If you have dogs in your life, you will love this story. And if you have rescued a dog, you will appreciate the relationship that Comet and Wolf enjoy. You won't be disappointed.