The Rosenfelts say their dog family began in the mid-1990's when they were living in California. After Debbie's beloved Golden named Tara died, the couple started volunteering at an animal shelter. They saw large, older dogs being left in cages or even euthanized because no one wanted them.
So the couple formed the Tara Foundation, and over time say they found homes for about 4,000 dogs. Those no one wanted, if they were friendly, went home with Debbie and David. "At one time we had 42," says David. "So 20 seems normal."
Seven years ago, after a visit to Maine, the couple decided to move here. They bought a house on Damariscotta Lake that fit a special requirement: no neighbors to disturb. They fenced in a two-acre swath of woods to make an outdoor playground for the pooches.
Two years ago, they were finally ready to make the move. David chronicles that five-day odyssey in his latest book, Dogtripping: 25 rescues, 11 Volunteers and 3 RV's. And while the author will jokingly describe the trip as "misery", Debbie says "It was one of the greatest moments of my life"....
David Rosenfelt is one of my favorite writers. He is also a (self-described) dog lunatic, as is his wife, Debbie. I love his Andy Carpenter mysteries, and his nonfiction book, Dogtripping, described in the video.