“My memoir—it could also be called a dogoir—is about my life with rescued dogs,” says author and animal-lover Elizabeth Abbott.
More specifically, Dogs and Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash, digs down into the deepest roots of the human-canine bond, showing us that together, people and dogs can find hope and happiness.
Elizabeth travels to many places around the world, from the soulless concrete corridors of an American prison to the halls of a Canadian hospital to life among the ruins in post-war Serbia. She meets people whose lives are changed forever by a wagging tail and a pair of soulful eyes—and dogs who find a new lease on life with devoted human companions.
“Truly touching accounts may well bring a tear to the reader’s eye and a smile to the reader’s lips,” says Stanley Coren, bestselling author of The Intelligence of Dogs and How Dogs Think.
“I love Dogs and Underdogs,” adds Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “The stories are touching and right. What a good heart! How I wish everyone cared for animals that much! The book is a delight.”
Elizabeth is a writer and historian with a special interest in women’s issues, social justice, the treatment and lives of animals, and the environment. Her previous book, A History of Marriage, completed her trilogy about human relationships, which includes A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses.
Before moving to Toronto, Elizabeth lived in Montreal, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Today, she shares her home with Bonzi, Petey, and Poppy, and Snoopy and Chanel.