Ohio rescues & DVMs support Petey: A Story of Mutual Rescue
"Petey: A Story of Mutual Rescue is a deliciously enjoyable read, although not easy to read in that it deals with the difficult reality of both animals and humans living with pain. Ishy Creo deftly enables the reader to experience what it's like to work with abandoned dogs, focusing on Petey, who was severely damaged, both physically and emotionally, by his abuse and neglect. The author has long realized her own emotional challenges, and throughout the process of working with Petey and other dogs, is challenged to see more deeply the root of her feelings and the potential for healing. Ishy Creo's style of writing is such that the reader is immediately engaged and invested in the lives of all portrayed in the story. She is a gifted story-teller that draws the reader in quickly to experience the unconditional love, exhausting work, humor, doubt, anger, heartwarming joy, and lifelong relationships that come from working for animal welfare. Readers will be deeply touched by this book, and will cry, cheer, laugh, and love right along with the characters, and will continue to care long after the last page is turned. Many animals and people live with past trauma in their lives, and Petey and Ishy are lovable examples of of the healing process that is possible with love, patience, dedication, and the innate desire to trust." - Luanne Billstein, Animal House Rescue, Toledo, OH
"Petey's Story will resonate with anyone who has ever been involved in animal rescue and be a fine introduction to this world for those not familiar with its sorrows and joys. Written with humor and grace, Petey¹s story is ultimately about not giving up on the fearful, seemingly "difficult" dogs we may find coming into our lives because they have so much to teach us about not giving up in ourselves." Errante, Antoinette, -- Rescued Ohio
“I loved this book! Ishy Creo shared a beautiful story while teaching others about the issues the rescue community faces daily and how we all need to work together to help these animals. Ishy shows the different ways people can be involved. More people will see that they can help even if they're not vets, or are not as comfortable working directly with the animals. I found myself relating to Ishy so many times throughout the book, and I know others will as well. Any story that helps the world see how wonderful bully breeds are is extra special. I can't wait for this to be published so I can encourage all my animal friends to read it!” –Susan Ward Citizens for Humane Action, Columbus, Ohio.
"Petey: A Story of Mutual Rescue is a book you won’t want to put down. Anyone who has adopted a shelter dog will be able to identify with the trials and tribulations that go along with giving a dog with a sad past his forever home. The poignant story will make you laugh and cry. It will suck you in and leave you thinking about how dogs and humans save each other long after you have finished it." --Kirsten Knight, Director of Adopt a Pit Rescue, Germantown, OH
"Ishy perfectly captured the raw and rolling emotions and the questioning of one’s abilities that comes with adopting a dog traumatized by abuse and neglect and then working tirelessly to restore its life. Woven quietly through Pete’s journey to a happy and content life filled with love and trust is Ishy’s own that Pete took her on. An emotional, enjoyable and educational read well worth the time." -- Brenda Hoeper, President, Brown County Humane Society, OH
“As a longtime volunteer in dog rescue, reading Petey: A Story of Mutual Rescue brings back memories I thought I had forgotten, and stories related from other volunteers. Practically every page reminds me of a special dog or a fellow volunteer. Ishy Creo's story brought tears, gasps, smiles and laughs. This book answers the question adorning the back of countless cars seen on the road, "Who Rescued Who?" -- Ron Blake, Columbus Dog Connection, OH
“Petey is a heart wrenching story of rescue, unconditional love, and a beautiful example of the human-animal bond. Ishy shares an honest and introspective account of the hard work, frustrations, and emotional toll of animal rescue work. This story is an emotional roller coaster that leaves the reader thankful for the people with hearts big enough to help these unwanted animals. I would highly recommend this book to any dog lover but specially to anyone considering doing rescue and foster work.” -- Ingrid Schweinfurth, DVM, Indian Creek Veterinarian Hospital, OH
“Ishy eloquently gives you a one-way ticket to the roller coaster ride of a rescuer and rescue dog whose ups and downs inexplicably intertwine to make for one thrilling unforgettable ride!" –Lisa Fox DVM, Fox Veterinary Hospital, OH
And one all the way from India... "Fluid, relatable and inspirational, especially for those of us with animals – Petey’s story captures our soul not because he’s a hero in any regard – but because he’s as human as all of us- in his imperfections, his nightmares and his monumental ability to recover from a treacherous past. He teaches us a lesson in being okay with our inadequacies and that sometimes the biggest thing we can do is survive from the circumstances of what life has been.
An honest, sensitive and on occasion humorous portrayal of the miraculous bond between human beings and animals – Petey’s story is must read for everyday inspiration!" Varda Mehrotra, Director of Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
"Miami Valley PIt Crew proudly offers their endorsement for Petey: A Story of Mutual Rescue. The manuscript accurately captured the life of rescue, the people who volunteer tirelessly for them, and of course the dogs, especially the bully breeds we work so hard to save. Every dog has a story, and the bully breeds that hit the shelter system not only make up the majority due to sheer numbers, but often tell the darkest tales. What makes rescue work so fulfilling is not only the dogs that come in and out of our lives ... but the quirky, hardworking men and women that make up rescue. We do this for different reason, but the lowest common denominator is always the dogs." -- Andrea M. Williams, Training Coordinator & Board Member, Miami Valley Pit Crew