Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship
After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.
Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.
Journalist Ryan shares the heartwarming, surprisingly suspenseful story of his bond (and adventures) with his intrepid and loyal miniature schnauzer, Atticus Maxwell Finch. Mourning a friend who has recently died, Ryan decides to hike all 48 of the 4,000-foot peaks of the White Mountains twice in the 90 days of winter with Atticus. Despite contracting Lyme disease, Ryan and his faithful companion embark on their journey and face a host of dangerous storms, fierce winds, and temperatures registering 30 degrees below zero. Their greatest challenge, however, arises not on a mountain but in the veterinarian's office where it's discovered that five-year-old Atticus has cataracts and presumed thyroid cancer and requires surgery. Through their love for the mountains they climb and their devotion to each other, along with some good luck, the pair are able to continue doing what they love the most being together. Part adventure story, part memoir, but most important, a love story, this entertaining and joyous book proves that dog really is man's best friend and vice versa.
This was truly inspirational and such a great read. Makes you believe that anything is possible. Atticus and Tom makes us believe that anything is we can face and stare down and believe in ourselves, we can overcome.
Thank you Tom and Atticus for giving us a vision to make us feel that we can face down our demons and win that battle!
Atticus you are(as are u Tom), true heroes! Being one that does Schnauzer rescue, Atticus, you have truly shown the best of this remarkable breed!
Thank you both for sharing your remarkable story with everyone!
I finished it in two days because I couldn’t put it down! Beautifully written and such a great story of love! A truly wonderful book!
Enjoyed the Book
A delightful read about Adventures.