Comet's Tale

Comet's Tale

How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

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Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf?

In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.


Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf?

In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.



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Relates the story of an attorney who adopts a retired racing greyhound named Comet, and describes how both dog and owner helped each other come to terms with retirement, debilitating injuries, and trusting one another.

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Wolf, a former attorney and now a greyhound advocate, tells the story of how he got involved in rescuing racing greyhounds when he adopted Comet and taught him how relate to humans as caretakers and companions rather than abusers. Comet proves to be an excellent service dog as well as a loyal companion when Wolf's spinal condition makes him disabled. Comet eventually wins the Nebraska Humane Society's award for Service Dog of the Year in 2010. Co-author Padwa has written and collaborated on many books. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616201869
161620186X
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Manfredchensenjen
Aug 08, 2015

Comet not only learned to tow a wheelchair, she taught us what not-trained-by-an-academy service dogs would like to do, such as stretch out across the doorway between the operating room and the waiting area and refuse to budge for 12 hours. She did not like the taste of the cell phone or how it rang, so she threw it at Wolf when he gave her a treat for retrieving it; after a couple of broken lamps and holes in the dry wall, she learned to fetch. She refused to allow Wolf to sleep late and refused to allow him to pass by someone else out for a walk -- but I'll let you read the rest of how she rescues Steve Wolf for yourself. She was a rescue, but that pales in comparison to what she did for her friend. An epic love story!

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fchpost2010
Sep 21, 2014

One of the most heartwarming stories of the love of a wonderful dog.
Dogs are such great soul mates and give so very much. This is an amazing story.

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Panji
Apr 03, 2013

Well written bio-brief. Comet (a retired racing Greyhound) is, indeed, a savior. When I rescued Joey (Jet Missile, also a retired racer) and had him trained to alert me to low blood sugars, I was amazed at how much more he added to my life. When I read of Comet's picking up on Wolf's needs so quickly and intuitively, even I was mesmerized. And, yes, everyone should save a Greyhound. You'll learn that they are 45 mph couch potatoes, of course, and how much a saved animal can love being saved.

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nancyR2
Mar 15, 2013

I was captivated by the dog. I thought the human was his own worst enemy! Sometimes the story dragged a little and felt repetitive, but it is totally worth it. Comet is a charmer and will make you want to own a greyhound.

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savvyreader1
Jan 27, 2013

A moving story about a gentle and faithful spirit with 4 legs and a tail.

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JudithE
Jan 26, 2013

I loved this book. Honest, moving, well-written. And it does make you want to adopt a greyhound!

Peacelily Jan 10, 2013

An excellent book! A biography of a man who is crippled by back pain.
He rescues a greyhound dog from a shelter. It turns out that they rescue each other. Best book i've read in some time!

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