Philip Gonzalez tells the story of his life and the story of his amazing dog, Ginny. While Philip was in the army, his brother had suddenly died, which caused Philip to volunteer for Vietnam. He came home uninjured and got a job in construction, which led to a very bad accident that had nearly cost him his right arm. The arm was saved, but only about 20% of its use was restored. Philip found himself on a disability, unable to work, unable to lead the life he was used to, poor and lonely.
A friend suggests that Philip should get a dog and basically forces him to go to an animal shelter. When Philip first sees Ginny, she is the opposite of his idea of a dog: he wants a large purebred male, and Ginny is a small mix-breed female. Philip does not want her. But the friend and the animal shelter worker insist that he takes her out for a walk. Philip agrees. Then, one look into Ginny's eyes wins him over completely. He decides to take her home.
Ginny's loving presence cures Philip of depression and helps him to cope with his disability, but that's not all. Ginny, it turns out, loves cats and wants to rescue them. Before he knows it, Philip is running his own cat rescue, bringing home sick, injured cats, feeding them, taking them to the vet and finding them homes - all that on his disability paycheck, but somehow he manages to always have enough. Ginny seems to have some sort of a radar in her, telling her that there is a cat that needs help - and there she runs, leading Philip with her, to save that cat. At the time the book was completed, Philip and Ginny had rescued over sixty five cats and adopted sixteen. What a wonderful story of love and compassion!
This report prepared by Laura Southcombe