Pepper Becoming: The Journey of an Unwanted Dog and the Man Who Wanted Her

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John D. Visconti
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Pepper Becoming humorously, tenderly, and sometimes painfully recounts the unlikely true story of two kindred souls -- a dog no one wanted and a man not interested in owning a dog-- helping each other navigate life's challenges. 

Abandoned by her owners 15 miles from her home, she was dirty, diseased, and emaciated when seized by the police off of the streets of New York. Scheduled to be euthanized at a municipal pound after her owners refused to claim her, she was adopted, returned, and again scheduled to be euthanized. Finally rescued by a no-kill shelter, she lived in a cage for nearly two years while deteriorating emotionally and behaviorally. 

With predestination in the air, her path crossed with a novice dog trainer (the author) seeking to improve his skills by volunteering at the shelter that housed her. Despite her distrust of people, and his disinterest in the responsibilities of dog ownership, they immediately bonded and embarked on a nine-year journey that would change them, and those whose lives they graced, forever. 

John D. Visconti, CPDT-KA is a DWAA Maxwell Award winning author and owner of Rising Star Dog Training Services, LLC and Rising Star Dog Training, LLC. His book, Fetch More Dollars for Your Dog Training Business is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award reference book of the year. He has written several columns for BARKS from the Guild and the Chronicle of the Dog. He has also served as a chair for the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) business sub-committee and presented several coaching lectures and webinars to dog training schools and force-free organizations. John is also an award winning, published songwriter and performer.

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  • 5
    Couldn't put it down

    Posted by Breanna Norris on 26th Jun 2020

    A sweet love story to a dog from a knowledgeable trainer's perspective. Includes the emotional ups and downs of training a reactive shelter dog and growing an intense and deep bond together.
    I think most dog lovers but especially trainers can relate to the story.
    I enjoyed the writing style. I am not a quick reader but I read it in one day. I could not put it down.
    (Bring tissues)