Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again (Hardcover)

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This is the story of Will.  An elderly dog who ended up in a kill-shelter; angry, scared, partially deaf, and blind.  Happenstance that Tom reads about Will in an on-line post and spontaneously decides to adopt him. 

At first I was afraid to read this book, fearing that the inevitable ending would be way too sad. Fear not, Tom Ryan weaves Will's story with a sense of humor, love, and spiritual musings.  You cheer for Will, praise Atticus, and wonder how Tom coped with this challenge.  Love, respect, kindness…powerful messages spun throughout the book.   The ending isn't nearly as sad as you think it will be.  Tears will be shed, but read and enjoy this true story of an indomitable dog.

— From Will's Red Coat, Tom Ryan


Boston Globe Bestseller

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.

Will’s Red Coat includes eight pages of color photographs.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062444981
ISBN-10: 0062444980
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English