Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life (Paperback)

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Comet's Tale is an extraordinary story that cuts to the heart. Comet was an abandoned race dog that ended up as a withdrawn fosterling until Steven Wolf entered her foster home. Steven had a serious spinal condition making everyday tasks challenging, so adopting a Greyhound seemed an overwhelming endeavor. But Comet had been gifted with superb intuitive abilities that kicked in the moment she set eyes on Steven. Comet knew Steven needed her. That was the day Steven's life changed forever. Their life journey is full of humorous antics, failures and successes as Comet is trained to become Steven's service dog. It speaks so highly of this gentle breed of dog. This emotionally charged book is a MUST READ!

— Valerie, Cleveland


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.

About the Author

Steven D. Wolf is an active participant in greyhound advocacy. He divides his time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Sedona, Arizona.

Lynette Padwa, the author of numerous books, including Everything You Pretend to Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask, has collaborated on many more. She lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…

“A powerful tale about life, family, and personal healing that reminds us all that greyhounds are love!” —Christine A. Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA

Hudson News Best Books of 2012

Shelf Awareness Nonfiction Top Ten Best of 2012

“Everything you want a memoir to be: wise, moving, honest, and true. I loved it, and so will you.” —Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye

“The close bond between man and dog is only part of this absorbing tale of love, family and dealing with disability . . . A heartwarming story that will hold appeal far beyond just animal lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Told with abundant humor, humility, and a writing style as graceful as a greyhound, Comet’s Tale abounds with revelations of the way life surprises us. I loved this book!” —Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape

“The story of Steven Wolf and his rescuer, Comet, is one of the best I know. I’m glad Comet saved Wolf's life so he could write this marvelous book.” —Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series

“Both honest and heartwarming, and a wonderful salute to the power of man’s best friend.” —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616203238
ISBN-10: 1616203234
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: August 27th, 2013
Pages: 272
Language: English