BOOKS: A Bond Unique
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2011:
A Bond Unique:
Thoughts and stories about people and the dogs they love
Edited by Reg Green
Iroquois County Animal Rescue
(100 NW Lincoln, Iroquois, IL 60945), 2010.
60 pages, illustrated, paperback. $25.00
I never tire of reading books about dogs and their owners.
This one is as uplifting as any other book I have reviewed for Animal
A Bond Unique editor Reg Green is now a local TV personality,
known for profiling dogs who are available for adoption with
WCIA/WCFN meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark, but his involvement in
animal rescue is relatively recent. A few years ago Green was a
recently retired Chicago high school football coach, who
conceptualized A Bond Unique as an investigation of the relationships
between dogs and humans before realizing it could be used to help
promote Iroquois County Animal Rescue.
Green began his research by simply approaching people who
were walking their dogs at roadside rest stops and asking them to
tell their dogs’ stories. Thus not every dog profiled in A Bond
Unique is a rescue case. Some came from breeders, including a few
bought on line or in pet stores. All are loved and pampered. But
the rescue dogs’ stories tend to be more interesting.
Logan and Pepper are former shelter dogs who now live the
good life with Thomas Call and his wife in Savoy, Illinois. “I had
knee surgery a couple of years ago,” says Call. “My dogs never left
Joan Beyer of Oakwood, Illinois, acquired a dog by
accident. “My neighbor found her and didn’t want the dog, so we
said we’d take her,” Beyer explains. Her dog Bonnie is now spoiled
with several dog beds, lots of snacks, and plenty of love.
Rascal probably scraped by in the hills of eastern Kentucky,
where he was found and rescued. Now the mixed breed snacks on pieces
of hot dogs and sleeps indoors in Loda, Illinois with Norma McGuire.
In addition to short stories about dogs and their owners, A
Bond Unique includes clever canine cartoons and sayings such as, “A
dog fills an empty spot in your heart that you never knew was there.”
All sales benefit Iroquois County Animal Rescue, 100 NW
Lincoln, Iroquois, IL 60945. Formed as a fostering network in
response to massive flooding that displaced domestic pets in Watseka,
Illinois in 2008, Iroquois County Animal Rescue opened a cat shelter
in 2010 and plans to add a dog shelter soon.
–Debra J. White