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For many of us, dogs and cats are an important part of our lives. Some of us invest in purebred pedigrees, while others seek the beauty of a rescued pet. Judy Pearson is dedicated to rescuing and helping injured and abused dogs and cats, to help them heal both physically and emotionally. She’s the President of DAPS, Dixon Animal Protection Society, a dog rescue organization in Dixon, New Mexico. It takes a strong person emotionally to do this job because there are so many tragic cases of abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Sad as many of these cases are, there is a lot she’s learned from these rescued treasures, and the stories they could and do tell through their hearts and their ability to share unconditional love.
Judy Pearson’s book, The Dog Days of Dixon: Incredible stories of love and healing in a rural New Mexico Rescue, is a collection of photographs, poems, and, most important, stories of these sometimes dramatic rescues. The author writes in the first-person narrative, giving her perspective of the rescue drama, and the beautiful soul that’s rescued. One of her first rescues was a tiny Chihuahua abandoned in a derelict house, with no heat (in sub-zero temperatures) and no food or water. She named the rescued dog Sunshine and, after many attempts to find her a loving home, came to the conclusion that Sunshine already had a loving home: Judy’s home. The stories are told with honesty and compassion and describe the rescue and the dog in clear detail. The poems are treasures, written by different authors, and the photographs of the pets whose stories she shares are as precious as the stories (and the pets) themselves. A heartwarming collection.