Dog Gone

Dog Gone

A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey And The Family Who Brought Him Home

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The true story of a lost dog's journey and a family's furious search to find him before it is too late.

Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog--a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker--bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison's disease. If he's not found in twenty-three days, he will die.

The search begins. Fielding and his father, John, are dispatched to the field. They have the family's other dog, Uli, in tow. Combing the trails, Fielding and his father bond like never before. Fielding's sister, Peyton, calls and talks him through some of his lowest moments. And--at home--Fielding's mother, Virginia, sets up a command center.

Virginia becomes a field general. With a map and a phone book at her side, she contacts animal shelters, police precincts, general stores, community centers, newspapers, radio stations, churches, and park rangers. She is tireless. The local paper in Waynesboro, Virginia, writes a small story about the family's search. The story hits the AP newswire. Tips--many of them of questionable authenticity--pour in from across the country. But as the search continues, the Marshalls realize they may not survive losing Gonker. Even as the wounds of their past return to haunt them and threaten to jeopardize everything, they know they have one mission: bring Gonker home.

With a big heart, intelligent humor, and a deft touch, Pauls Toutonghi tells this true tale of loss, love, and resilience.  Dog Gone  is by turns a story about how a family comes together in a crisis--and the way heroism can assert itself in the little things we do each day.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101947012
Branch Call Number: 636.7 Toutonghi
Characteristics: x, 252 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm


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Jun 23, 2017

I loved the dog and Fielding's family. But I wonder Fielding ever grew up!

Aug 16, 2016

At first, I found Fielding to be seriously annoying. Fielding is Gonker's dad or 'owner' who in my opinion, failed to take good care of Gonker in his early days (living in a decaying shack, not bringing Gonker to the doctor earlier and allowing people to spit in Gonker's mouth as a party joke. This 'party joke' was written lightly about which I can't respect because I don't believe that's good treatment of a dog). But Fielding and his parents make up for his failings by putting in maximum and strategic effort into the search for Gonker. This element of the story is the most powerful and uplifting. The family's love and relentless search for Gonker is perfectly and poetically captured by the author. It's a page-turner as well- you'll get through this book fast.


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