dog rescue, fostering, heartworms, shelters, writing

A Little Help from My Friends

Hey friends, today’s post is a little different.

I am in serious crunchtime trying to get word out about my book, 100 Dogs & Counting, which releases on July 7. I received word that the actual books made it to the Simon&Schuster warehouse for distribution this week, so I can finally let out the breath I’ve been holding, and work like crazy to get review copies out.

This means every spare second (besides this one) I have is being spent writing articles, pitching reviewers, and preparing launch events (alas, all online).

There isn’t time for fostering, although the foster who should have been adopted by us or out the door by now, has had his stay with us extended because he tested positive for Heartworm. (Readers of this blog are familiar with my record on best-laid-plans.)

This morning, I drove Tito (OPH Lt Howl) to Clearview Vet in Hanover for his heartworm treatment. Courtney reported that his big, lovable attitude is already attracting fans, so I know he’s in good hands and will be loved right on through his treatment for the next two days.

Here’s a picture of Tito heading in for his treatment with his bag all packed.


podcast coverWith no foster news to share with you, I’m instead going to share the link to my new podcast!

First, a disclaimer: I have no idea what I’m doing and this is totally amateur hour. I have never let not knowing how to do something stop me from doing it, especially when doing it provides an opportunity to get the message of our southern shelters and the need to rescue to new ears and hearts. I hope you’ll forgive my technical ineptitude and hear the message beneath.

This is the story of our first stop on our March shelter tour for Who Will Let the Dogs Out at the Animal Rescue Corps Emergency shelter in Lebanon, TN. I hope to create podcast episodes for most of our other stops too. If you like what you hear, please subscribe and share. I’m fairly sure they will get better. And if you have ideas, suggestions, or want to lend a hand in their creation, please let me know!



(You should be able to find it wherever you listen to your podcasts. I have it on pocketcasts and itunes podcast.)

100 dogs coverLastly, if you haven’t already, I hope you will consider preordering a copy of 100 Dogs & Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and a Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues. While some of the stories may be familiar to blog readers, you’ll hear more of what went on ‘behind the scenes’ and most importantly, you’ll learn what is happening in our southern shelters and how you can be part of the solution.

Preorder sales truly drive the success of a book, so I’m incredibly grateful for them. You can find buy links to all the major retailers on my website, but if you have a local bookstore, please order through them as they can probably use your support (Amazon will make it through this pandemic just fine).

And if you are so inclined, tell friends and family about the book. Releasing a book in the time of COVID is especially challenging. This is the most important book I’ve written, so I am working hard (and very much outside my comfort zone), to promote it and find a bigger microphone for its message. I WELCOME your help and ideas, as I know that dog rescue is also near and dear to your hearts.

I look forward to the day when life resumes and I can get out to events and bookstores, and especially shelters, to share this book and meet some of you. Thanks for your support!

Thanks for reading!


Cara Sue Achterberg with pupIf you’d like regular updates of all my foster dogs past and present, plus occasional dog care/training tips from OPH training, be sure to join the Facebook group, Another Good Dog.

For information on me, my writing, and books, visit I have a new book, One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One  Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and a Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues, coming out in July. If it sounds like something you’d like to read, I’d be beyond grateful if you’d consider preordering it. Preorders contribute to the success of the book, not only giving me and my publisher some peace of mind but hopefully attracting media attention.

And if you’d like to know where all these dogs come from and how you can help solve the crisis of too many unwanted dogs in our shelters, visit

Our family fosters through the all-breed rescue, Operation Paws for Homes, a network of foster homes in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and south-central PA.

Another Good Dog coverIf you can’t get enough foster dog stories, check out my book: Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs . It’s available anywhere books are sold.

I love to hear from readers and dog-hearted people! Email me at

5 thoughts on “A Little Help from My Friends”

  1. All the best with your new podcast venture. Is Daisy’s, Flannery’s or Gala’s stories in your newest book? I know those three dogs came with a lot of baggage to get through. I imagine that your newest book will be put into an audio format at some point? That would be the best way for me to read it. Also, some good news on the dog rescue front from Winnipeg: our Humane Society rescue shelter has had all of their dogs adopted, so have more room for any new ones that may come in. My mom said that they still have cats, and hopefully those can be adopted too. But things are moving in a good direction up here in Winnipeg, or Winterpeg as we also call it when the cold winters come.

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    1. What wonderful news about your shelter! There are some silver linings to this pandemic. Sadly, the southern shelters and dog pounds are being hit hard as rescues can’t travel to transport and people who are struggling to make ends meet give up more animals.

      As far as the new book, Gala’s story is the first third of the book,, and Flannery get’s a few mentions, but I had to leave Daisy out because her story was too complicated and distracting from the book’s storyline.


  2. Sounds like a good book, regardless of which dog’s stories made it into it. Perhaps you could partner with Nancy or someone else to have something, like a piece of stationary, made with Daisy’s picture on it as another fundraiser for OPH? It sounds like your past sales of items with the pictures of different dogs on them went well. Of course this would likely have to happen after things concerning the pandemic and your book launch settled down some. Daisy was a special dog, and I, for one, enjoyed reading about her highs and lows in your home. She made great strides. If I remember correctly, she got adopted, right?


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