June 18th at 5:00 PM Pauls Toutonghi will present Dog Gone; A Lost Dog’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home, a heartwarming story of an outstanding dog’s excellent adventure (although the human involved may not describe it thus, read on). I knew Toutonghi as an author of elegantly written fiction, so I was surprised and delighted to discover his latest book is the life story of a remarkable dog. Who can resist a good dog story? And this is one of the best. Fielding Marshall came from a family of animal lovers; he was given the precious gift of growing up around dogs and having family who respected the bond between human and animal. So it was natural when Fielding was at a low ebb in his young life, he would turn to a dog for solace. A college guy, Fielding was long on love for his puppy, but short on common sense. Gonker enjoyed the full extent of college life; he was a dog that could appreciate a really zestful party. No matter, he got Fielding over his sadness and became his best pal. Of course college guys grow up, join the work force, and have obligations. So it was with Fielding, moving from Charlottesville to Washington DC where he stayed with his parents until finances allowed him to secure a place of his own. Gonker developed Addison’s disease, an affliction also suffered by Jane Austen. With medication, Gonker could live a full life, unfortunately for Ms. Austen that was not the case a century ago. The key is the medication, if the dog responds well, and gets its medication on schedule; life goes on in a happy way. Stop the medication and bad things happen. In 1998 Fielding and Gonker were on a road trip back to Virginia where they spent their college days. Hiking the Appalachian Trail Gonker disappeared. He was six years old, the prime of life for a dog, but he had a disease requiring regular medication to survive. Fielding was frantic. I am not going to leave you in suspense; Fielding and Gonker would be reunited, after a hundred miles. This is the story of those miles, the way this emergency united the family as they pulled out all the stops to find Gonker, and how that brought everyone closer. Toutanghi is such a gifted author, he tells Gonker’s story with humor, élan, and heart. A seriously fun book to read!
Author events are free and we will have refreshments and drawings for prizes. Please call 541-593-2525, e-mail email@example.com or stop by Sunriver Books & Music to sign up to attend.