The moving story of the author's adopted Rottweiler mix, Lou, a free-thinking heroic dog who changed his life forever
Born of guard dogs on a secret marijuana farm in Mendicino County, Lou truly was one dog in a million. On the winter day that the ailing, tick-infested feral pup was rescued by Steve Duno, neither dog nor man had a clue as to what they were getting into, or where the relationship would lead.
Last Dog on the Hill tells the story of an indigent young Rottweiler mix who, after abandoning his pack and the hills of his birth, went on to change the lives of hundreds of people and dogs, including the author's, whose career as a behaviorist and writer was made possible through Lou's extraordinary intelligence and heart. Lou won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, caught a rapist, fought coyotes and kidnappers, comforted elderly war veterans and Alzheimer patients in their final days, taught ASL to kids, learned scores of unique behaviors and tricks, amassed a vocabulary of nearly 200 words, helped rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive dogs and saved them from euthanasia. He was also a clown, consummate performer and Steve's best friend for sixteen years. His story will make readers laugh and cry in equal measures.
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Last Dog on the Hill
This was an exceptional book. I learned so much about dog training, but more than that, about the relationship between the author and his remarkable dog Lou. I did not want the book to ever end. It inspired me to order more books by this author.
Extraordinary! Highly Recommended
This book rates in the top two dog stories I've had the pleasure of reading (the other being "Following Atticus" by Tom Ryan.)
Steve Duno writes an endearing and often very funny memoir about his 16 years with Lou, a brilliant, lovable, athletic dog with élan and a sense of humor and fair play.
Lots of people have dogs, then there are those of us whose dogs are an essential part of our lives and families: this book was written for those who fall into the second group.
Very well-written and engrossing- get ready to be enchanted by Lou and his devoted owner.
Last Dog on the Hill
Knew I couldn't finish this without a good cry. Beautifully written with such love for his dog and the true understanding of what a dog can mean in your life. Have had to put a few over the rainbow bridge myself and truly believe we will be together again. Hope the author has shared his love with other fortunate dogs as we will always share our home with a furry friend in need of a home.