Author: Steven Wolf with Lynette Padwa
Publication Year: 2012
Date Completed: October/2012
Rating: 4/5Recommend: yes
I'm always a sucker for spirited animal stories so Comet's Tale seemed to be a good choice. It's a story about a physically broken man and an abused greyhound.
The author, Steven Wolf, a once physically active former attorney, had no choice but to retire early at the age of 42, when he was stricken with a debilitating spinal condition. Upon the suggestion someone he meets, he decides to adopt a retired racing dog who like many dogs of this breed, had been confined to a cage all of his life. The sad eyes of one particular greyhound, made the decision easy for him. Comet, was the former racing dog, and little did the author realize at the time, both desperately needed each other for different reasons.
Once adopted, Comet, the shy, mistrustful dog had to learn the very basics of what most dogs learn as puppies. Wolf had the patience necessary to teach Comet that not every human is to be feared and that there is a better world outside of the confines of a cage. As if the two were meant to be together, Wolf's health condition soon takes a downhill turn after adopting Comet. Before long the author soon needs more help with very basic tasks that many of us take for granted. It is at this point when Comet is taught to perform certain tasks, like those performed by other service dogs. Before long Comet becomes a valuable and necessary part of his daily life -- it's a touching experience to read about.
I was happy I had a chance to read this story, it was a nice break for all the fiction I've been reading, and it made me appreciate my health as well as my relationship with my pets all the more.
It's one of those stories where some unexpected misfortune strikes, and a decision must be made. We can either be depressed and grumble about the "lemons of life", or act to make the best of the situation and enjoy the "lemonade" instead. The author is a sympathetic individual, who was forced to move to the West (AZ) because of his health issues, while his family remained on the East Coast for work and school. I liked reading all the details the author shared about the greyhound breed, even the sad details about life as a racing dog.