Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door

Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door

by Patrick Regan

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Dog Is My Copilot tells the story of Pilots N Paws, a high-flying animal-rescue operation founded "accidentally" in 2008 when a private pilot offered to fly a mission of mercy to save an abused dog for a friend. Once on the ground, the pilot asked his friend if there was a big need to transport shelter animals from one part of the country to another. She responded, "You have no idea." Since that time, Pilots N Paws has grown to include thousands of pilots who have transported tens of thousands of "death-row dogs" (and a fair amount of cats and other animals), sometimes more than 1,000 miles away to new homes or no-kill shelters, where they have a much higher chance of adoption.

The true heart of Dog Is My Copilot are the 24 real-life rescue stories collected from pilots and their animal-rescue counterparts on the ground. The short, captivating stories are accompanied by more than 100 charming, poignant, color photos--most taken by the pilots themselves--of their canine passengers in flight.  

Unexpected things can happen when dogs reach cruising altitude, and the stories in Dog Is My Copilot run the emotional range from hilarious to heart rending--but the endings are always happy. These dogs are the lucky ones, and most of the pilots will tell you that when they get on the plane, they know it. After all, waiting for them on the ground hundreds of miles away is a second chance at a happy life with a loving forever family.

Dog Is My Copilot--it's Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Marley and Me . . . with just a dash of The Right Stuff. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Pilots N Paws organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449407612
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 685,074
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Patrick Regan lives in the middle of flyover country with his wife and children and their mostly good dog, Pearl (rescued, naturally). As often as possible, he accompanies his pilot friend, Sam Taylor, on animal rescue flights.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 A Dream of Flight 1

Part 2 Liftoff … and Navigation 9

Part 3 Flight Tales 23

Cassidy Rides Again 24

Home at Last, Home for Good 28

Appetite for Aviation 32

Angel Gets Her Wings 34

Mojo and Mom 38

A Sweet Southern Girl 41

Pups on Approach 46

A Pilot's Pilot 49

Boxer, Undefeated 53

Runt Triumphant 58

Up in the Air with Uncle Jim 62

Pilot Sam Gets a Few Pointers 65

Hell on Wheels 70

Preston 76

Phoenix Rising 78

A Moving Story 84

All Species Airways 86

Honorable Discharge 89

Ernie's Journey 92

Chance Encounter 96

Dorie's Story 98

The Round-Tripper 104

Out of Mew Orleans 108

Saving Christmas 114

Learning to Fly 118

Afterword 129

Appendix 133

How You Can Help 135

Photo Credits 136

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Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Cisley More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most inspirational books I have read in ages. For the most part, I don't read memoirs about dogs anymore as they make me so sad, but this is just the opposite. Each story of a dog or dogs and the journey to a new and forever home was provided by a pilot, who owns their own aircraft. This in essence, if the story of how Pilots n Paws came about and the services it provides along with lots of great pictures. If you are looking for a great book to read or give as a gift, I can't think of one better than Dog is my CoPilot. I loved it!!!
CON38 More than 1 year ago
eskierescuer More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for any person that loves animals or flying!! It tells of the great efforts that some people go to rescuing animals (dogs in particular) and finding them homes. Pilots 'n Paws is a fantastic organization and makes me wish I was a pilot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is a must read for anyone that needs a reminder that people can still be compassionate and caring. A well put together compilation of stories shared by volunteer pilots doing what they love to do.. fly and showing everyone at the same time, that they can do what they love to do and save animals in need at the same time. Beautiful photos too, both on the ground and in the air Left me laughing and happy tears. Thank you Patrick Regan for showing us how hard rescues and pilots work everyday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I've helped with transports when Pilots N Paws were used. I enjoyed learning how the organization was started and I loved the rescue stories.
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ReistLaxCoach More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy, heartfelt read about a wonderful group of people who truly make a difference in dog's and dog lovers lives!
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