Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself

Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself

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American Book Fest's 2014 International Book Awards Finalist While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Rileya€™s presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. What didna€™t come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Rileya€™s destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. For much of Zaka€™s childhood, he was at the bottom of a veritable canyon himselfa€”a canyon whose imprisoning depth and darkness was created by bullies who just wouldna€™t quit and parents who werena€™t capable of love. From the age of five, Zak was everyonea€™s favorite target. When Zak came upon Riley, the puppya€™s condition bespoke his abusersa€™ handiworka€”three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other. As a former US Marine sergeant, Zak was one of only a few people with the mettle and physical wherewithal to get Riley out. And in rescuing him, Zak was also attempting to save himself, conquering the currents of cruelty that swelled beneath his early life and always threatened to drown him.A rope with a lot of stretch is called a€œdynamic, a€ and a rope with no or little stretch is called a€œstatic.a€ I was using a static rope, but I still had over 150 feet above me that Ia#39;d released from gravity when I stopped on the ledge, which meant it hadanbsp;...

Title:Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself
Author: Zachary Anderegg
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2013-11-01

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