Will's Red Coat

Will's Red Coat

The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again

Book - 2017
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"From the author of Following Atticus, an international bestseller that has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world, comes the moving true story of a despondent and broken old dog and the man who gave him a second chance. Drawn by a fateful online post, Tom Ryan, with the help of his canine hiking partner, Atticus M. Finch, adopts Will, an elderly, deaf, and nearly blind soul. Long neglected and filled with anger and pain, Will finds himself in a curious world unlike any he has ever known. Tom hopes to give Will a place to die with dignity surrounded by the natural beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when he witnesses Will's fear and lack of trust, Tom realizes that his task entails so much more. With endless patience and the same meditative empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, an angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death Will has transformed into a happy, frolicking fellow with a puppy-like zest for discovery, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people with his courage, resilience, and renewed heart. Will's Red Coat is a real-life fairy tale of promises kept and a life-changing, inviolable bond between friends. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and ultimately unforgettable, it honors the possibility held in all of us, at any stage of life."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062444981
Call Number: 636.7 RYA
Characteristics: 259 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Bib Control Number: 892881


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Jun 23, 2020

The book, Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan, is a true story about the author giving Will, the dog, a new chance to be loved and trusted again and to be able to die in peace after suffering during his younger years. This book is very inspiring, not just to me but to other people as well. It shows people that there is always a second chance to live a better life, whether it’s after getting a divorce, or finding out you have a deadly disease. The author touches upon many inspiring lessons for us to learn. I liked the way the author treated the dog as a buddy and I admire his perseverance in caring for the dog. I also liked the pictures in the middle. The only thing I didn’t like is that it is a little sad and can get boring at times just because it’s a true story so he can’t add unrealistic things to engage us in the book. All in all, this is a very inspiring book and I encourage you to read it if you need some confidence.

Jan 11, 2020

This book is much more than the title. It is about sensitivity, commitment, living, caring, noticing and appreciating the very smallest of things. It is more of a philosophical study with many layers. Lots to digest. You can take away or not take away its' lessons. Wasn't sure I was going to like it but very much loved it and considering getting my own personal copy.

Aug 04, 2018

This true account challenges us to look at an animal's life through their eyes, nose, ears, sense of being touched and feelings rather than our own needs of them. This account of love and giving by a human to a dog and then the dog to everyone is heart opening. There were some spots that felt repetitive so I just glossed over them, but not many. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have now ordered Following Atticus.

Apr 14, 2018

Beautifully written book about care love and empathy
The love of nature and respect of animals
Emotional true story of one aged dog and how love and perseverance can change a life
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book

Aug 18, 2017

This was a wonderful story. The writer has a special way of uplifting your spirit. My heart felt full of love while reading this book. Not only for the dogs, but for nature and the wildlife they encountered on their journey.

Jul 20, 2017

Could not put down until finished reading. Be sure to have a tissue or two handy for the heartbreaking parts. The story has stayed with me days after reading. Highly recommended.


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