Rivers: Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog: Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog

Rivers: Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog: Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog

by Mike Dillingham

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Overview

A chance encounter on a chilly, rainy day started a heartwarming adventure for a blind dog and a human. This is Rivers' diary of that adventure; becoming pain free and dealing with his disappointments while learning to interact with humans. Rivers tells of a blind dog's efforts to overcome his challenges and achieve his destiny. Rivers is a tale of the bond between a dog and a man, of courage, friendship, loyalty and adventure. It is full of positive messages for both young and old. Rivers takes place in that mystical land called Alaska, where sled dog racing is the state sport, dogs are considered athletes, and mushers are their coaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594331770
Publisher: Publication Consultants
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Series: Rivers: Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 989,389
File size: 601 KB
Age Range: 10 - 16 Years

About the Author

Mike Dillingham was born in a blinding snowstorm in New York City. Mike's mom went into labor while Mike's dad, a New York City police officer, was on duty. The fire that night, in the first floor restaurant of the 6-story building where they lived, only added ambiance to the event of Mike's birth, and served as an omen of Mike's adventures to come. So how did a New York City kid, born in a blizzard, end up in Alaska? The dogs, the beauty, tranquility and privacy of Alaska were a natural magnet for Mike after he retiring from a 23 year career in the Air Force that took him to many places in the world. Mike's current job allowed him to travel all over Alaska. He wrote portions of this book, as well as his other books, in Juneau, Ketchikan, Bethel, Naknek, Fairbanks, Palmer, Wasilla, King Salmon, Nome and Anchorage. When asked why he wrote these books, Mike replied, For Rivers, who continues to inspire me. For the dogs, who are my companions and gave me their unconditional love. And especially for the kids, who hold the future in their hands.""

Table of Contents



Dedication

5



Acknowledgments

7



Cast of Characters

8



Foreword

13



Introduction

15



The Start

18



What a Great Day

20



Biscuits for Everyone

22



Today is the Day

25



Recovery

27



Country Visit

30



City Life

32



Alone with Sandy

34



The Rainbow Bridge

37



The Cone Comes Off Today!

39



Moose, Trails and Guard Duty

41



The Weekend

44



Walking My Last City Trail

47



My Last Day In The City

50



My First Weekend Back Home

53



Trouble With Spot

56



Ray's Yard

59



A New Dog House

64



Retirement??!

70



The Dream

77



Another Visit

83



The Ending to the Beginning

90



Part Two

97



Halloween

102



Missy and the Bear

107



Rivers and His Christmas Gift

112



Screaming Eagle

119



PS 49

125



The Re-Start

129



Trouble In The Making

134



Race Day

137



Starting Down The Trail

141



Restarting Again

146



After Thoughts

156



Back Home

158


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Rivers: Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love dogs you'll love this book. Although it seems to be written for younger people I believe this book Is for anyone. I found it interesting seeing through the eyes (so to speak) of a dog. Well done!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Rivers can give anyone courage to face whatever may come along in one's life. If even a handful of people had Rivers' outlook on life, the world would be a better place.