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Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World

Joal Derse Dauer, Elizabeth Ridley

ISBN 9780806538389
Publish Date 9/26/2017
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Biography, Inspirational, Memoirs, Citadel, Fresh Voices
List Price: $15.95

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“An uplifting story with tremendous heart. I couldn't put it down.” —Helen Brown

Joal Derse Dauer was donating blankets at a local no-kill shelter when an injured and despondent dog caught her eye. With three “fur babies” already at home, Joal wasn’t looking to adopt another dog. But there was something special about Sadie . . .

With patience, hope, and plenty of love, Joal saw her canine companion grow in strength and joy. And before long, she discovered that sweet Sadie had transformed her life in ways she never could have imagined.

Joyous and inspiring, Saving Sadie is a triumphant story about the power of unconditional love and second chances—for humans and animals alike.

“I fell in love with Sadie as you will, too.”—Fern Michaels

Saving Sadie will lift your spirit and open your heart. A must-read.”—Jodee Blanco

Saving Sadie takes us on a journey that is bigger than one woman and one dog; it is a journey of hope.”—Jacqueline Sheehan

“What a wonderful book—moving and inspirational, touching and heartwarming.” —Sue Pethick

“A triumphant tale of second chances that shows how patience, hope, compassion and love can truly transform lives.” —Modern Dog

About Joal Derse Dauer:

Joal Derse Dauer has had a lifelong passion for animals and has worked as a Transitional Organization Specialist for more than twenty-five years. In addition to Sadie, she is a “mom” to a Border collie mix named Sparky and two cats, Miss Kitty and Kit Kat. Saving Sadie is her first book. Together she and Sadie travel the country spreading their important messages about special needs acceptance, anti-bullying, and strengthening the laws and punishments regarding animal cruelty and abuse.

Photo Credit: C-Elise Photography

About Elizabeth Ridley:

Elizabeth Ridley is the author of five novels and co-author of four memoirs, including Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World (with Joal Derse Dauer). She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in creative writing from The University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. She is a proud “cat mom” to Claudius and Calpurnia and lives in Wisconsin. Visit her on Facebook or at

Photo Credit: Roland Lombard

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