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From Pauls Toutonghi, the true story of a lost dog's journey and a family's furious search to find him before it is too late.

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Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog—a six-year-old golden retriever named Gonker—bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison's disease. If he's not found in twenty-three days he will die.

The search begins. Fielding and his father, John, are dispatched to the field. They have the family's other dog, Uli, in tow. Combing the trails, Fielding and his father bond like never before. Fielding's sister, Peyton, calls and talks him through some of his lowest moments. And—at home—Fielding's mother, Virginia, sets up a command center.

Virginia becomes a field general. With a map and a phonebook at her side, she contacts animal shelters, police precincts, general stores, community centers, newspapers, radio stations, churches, and park rangers. She is tireless. The local paper in Waynesboro writes a small story about the family's search. The story hits the AP Newswire. But as the search continues, the Marshalls realize that they may not survive losing him. Even as the wounds of their past return to haunt them and threaten to jeopardize everything, they know they have one mission: bring Gonker home.

"[Dog Gone] portrays . . . the sprawling family dynamics behind a couple’s search for their son’s dog and the kindly support of strangers who were moved to help them along the way." ---New York Times

"Dog Gone is simply wonderful." ---Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof

"A hugely entertaining book." ---Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives

"It's kind-hearted, crazy, and moving." ---Jay Parini, author of Empire of Self

"Dog Gone is the best book I've read in a long time." ---Karen Karbo, author of The Stuff of Life

Dog Gone

A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home

Author Pauls Toutonghi

Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne

Publication date Jun 15, 2016

Running time 5 hrs 14 min

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