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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances, Ellen Cooney

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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances
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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances
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Ellen Cooney
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eng
Summary
"Sanctuary. Place of refuge. Training school. Command center for The Network. Home for strays and rescued dogs. Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although she's supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. That's what she signed up for--never mind that she lied and doesn't know the first thing about animals except what she's learned from a breed guide, from the notes someone keeps leaving, and from videos online, like one that asks: Please can more people be nicer to dogs? Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things she's learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time he's adopted, and the rottweiler who's a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: "Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever." As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself"--
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  • If abandon is one of the saddest words in the English language, then rescue must surely be among the happiest. At the Sanctuary, a secluded mountaintop refuge, abused dogs find shelter and retraining at the hands of a ragtag group of outcasts who, one suspects, at one point in their lives experienced something dire to which the dogs can relate. The newest recruit to the volunteer staff is Evie, a twentysomething former grad student and cocaine addict who applies to the Sanctuary straight out of rehab. With no family or friends to fall back on, Evie finds her new tribe in the Rottweilers and retrievers who are still learning to trust people, as is she. Under the steely care of an uncommunicative housekeeper and the stern tutelage of a group of former nuns, Evie begins to blossom into a caring, confident, and courageous young woman. As knowledgeable as she is about the world of dog rescue and rehabilitation, Cooney (Lambrusco, 2008) is equally empathic in her treatment of a scarred and scared young woman. -- Haggas, Carol (Reviewed 07-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 21, p34)
  • A young woman who yearns for adventure and a sense of belonging finds both at a remote animal-training retreat in this touching ninth novel from Cooney (Thanksgiving ). After responding to an online job ad placed by “the Sanctuary,” Evie, an emotionally troubled 24-year-old, winds up as the newest (and only) trainee at a rehabilitative facility for rescue dogs located on a snowy mountaintop. She has a lot to learn about her canine charges, and about people as well, especially Mrs. Auberchon, the stern and defensive 10-year caretaker of the inn at the base of the mountain. Most of Evie’s coworkers believe her days are numbered, yet she bonds with and learns from teenage “Giant George” and others at the Sanctuary. Cooney’s good-natured narrative teaches readers about many different aspects of dog behavior and training alongside Evie, making the book ideal for animal aficionados. As Evie’s education progresses, she graduates from training sessions to dangerous rescue missions. She also learns more about Mrs. Auberchon, whose icy reserve masks an ongoing battle with inner demons. Dog lovers rejoice! Cooney has crafted an uncomplicated, feel-good, canine-filled tale of cross-generational friendship, healing, and solidarity. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 9, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 23, p)
  • The titular school is a mountaintop lodge and home to a canine rescue and rehab center run by a handful of nuns. Evie is a bit of a stray herself. She's fresh out of rehab and determined to start a new life when she signs up for the Sanctuary's program. Never mind that Evie has never owned a dog and knows nothing about animals; she's drawn to the challenge. As she meets her canine companions and human instructors, Evie methodically takes notes on what she's learning and devours books on breeds and behavior. But her true education comes from outside the classroom. The dogs teach her the most: the terrier who is afraid to bark, the greyhound who is afraid to move, the golden retriever who keeps being returned from adoption. As with the dogs, Evie's been abused and doesn't trust much, but she finds the second chance she so desperately craves in the reciprocity of love among humans and canines. VERDICT Cooney's (A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies ) latest novel is both a joyful romp and a thoughtful meditation. The author's delicate touch with the pain and trauma endured by abused animals and her sensitive portrayal of dedicated rescuers send a powerful message. Love is a great teacher and we are all a little unadoptable. Readers of Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst will adore this title. [See Prepub Alert, 2/3/14.]— Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA --Susan Clifford Braun (Reviewed July 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 12, p72)
  • Dogs and humans save each other in this sentimental novel by Cooney (Thanksgiving, 2013, etc.). After her first love and graduate school career fall victim to a cocaine habit, and after a stint in rehab from which she emerges sober but alone, Evie finds herself applying for and getting accepted into a program at the Sanctuary. Occupying a former ski resort at the top of a small mountain, the Sanctuary houses and rehabilitates rescued dogs and occasionally trains a human in the art of training these dogs. Cooney is very specific about the dogs themselves and the cruel situations they've endured, but she paints the Sanctuary in such broad strokes that it feels like a dream. Tonally, this matches the largely hands-off training program, run by a group of interchangeable nuns, and it keeps the focus on Evie, who embraces self-teaching. Doing constant research on her laptop with just a handful of leads from the nuns, she creates an extensive (and eventually tiresome) dictionary of dog-related terms that serves her well when she begins to interact with the rescue dogs. Like her abused canine charges, Evie is clever, evasive, defiant and rebellious, and though she has no previous animal training experience, she turns out to be a natural. Additional entries to the dictionary throughout the book reveal more heavy-handed details about the perils dogs face in the world but also allow glimpses into Evie's interior. Despite all this, her empathy for the dogs feels slightly implausible. More subtle and rewarding are a few scenes from the viewpoint of Mrs. Auberchon, the outwardly bitter woman who runs the inn at the mountain's base. If as much attention was given to context as to Evie and the dogs, this would be a strong novel. As is, it's slight.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
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Cooney, Ellen
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3553.O5788
LC item number
M78 2014
Literary form
fiction
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  • Dogs
  • Human-animal relationships
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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances, Ellen Cooney
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9780544236158
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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances, Ellen Cooney
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2014011211
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