Pocket Books News: Press Release

From the New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host…

A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish
By Mark R. Levin

The first time I looked at Sprite I just knew he was a very special dog. He had incredibly expressive, deep brown eyes that conveyed warmth and an openness to family and strangers alike. His mouth rested in a kind of half-smile that told you that happiness was his natural state of mind. The easy swagger of his body and ready wagging of his tail let me know that very little in this world pleased him as much as seeing you at that particular moment. — Mark R. Levin

Sprite was, indeed, a beautiful dog who captured the Levin family’s hearts from the moment they rescued him from a local shelter. And in the short time he was with them, Sprite would change their lives forever.
RESCUING SPRITE: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish, (Pocket Books Hardcover, November 6, 2007), by nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark R. Levin, is a deeply personal and emotional story of life, love, and grief that is gripping from start to finish.

Mark was at first reluctant to bring a second dog into his home, fearing he might not get along with his family’s first dog, Pepsi. But his concern quickly vanished when, from day one, Sprite captured the Levin’s hearts – including Pepsi — with his joyful spirit and zest for life. Mark describes how this once homeless, shelter dog and Pepsi became inseparable companions and together made everyday events special — turning even the simple act of taking a walk into an experience of endless discovery and shared friendship. He describes how his two furry buddies helped turn quiet dinners after his radio show each evening into tender moments of simple pleasure.

And Mark shares the terrible fear every dog lover feels in dealing with Sprite’s decline and final days, and the heartrending pain of saying goodbye to a special, irreplaceable friend.

RESCUING SPRITE: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish is Mark’s story told with raw emotion, unique insights, and unusual candor – and something more. It offers dog lovers important lessons about appreciating every day we have with our friends, and how to deal with, and get past, the grief of their loss.

“Writing this book was both painful and cathartic for me,” Levin explains. “Reading it may be emotional for you. I hope it brings you some smiles. I know it will bring you some tears. I hope, when you’re done, that you are moved to hold your dog closer in your arms – or in your memories.” From Introduction

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