This story takes us on an emotional journey of how both author Steve Duno and his canine companion, Lou, came to be paired up together. It tells of how Steve found Lou and how Lou seemed to carve a permanent spot into everyone's heart that he met throughout his life. There were moments I found myself laughing out loud, others I found myself pondering a lesson learned and still others that I shed a few tears. This is not just another dog book found on store shelves that can be bought and enjoyed lightly. Instead, it's a book that makes the reader delve deeper into their own relationships that they have with their dogs. It also makes owners cherish their own canine friends even more so than before they read this novel. I would highly recommend this book to other readers and I'm sure that you'll also walk away feeling as if you had the privilege to "meet" Lou through reading this wonderfully poignant story.
The moving story of the author’s adopted Rottweiler mix, Lou, a free-thinking heroic dog who changed his life forever
Born of guard dogs on a secret marijuana farm in Mendicino County, Lou truly was one dog in a million. On the winter day that the ailing, tick-infested feral pup was rescued by Steve Duno, neither dog nor man had a clue as to what they were getting into, or where the relationship would lead.
Last Dog on the Hill tells the story of an indigent young Rottweiler mix who, after abandoning his pack and the hills of his birth, went on to change the lives of hundreds of people and dogs, including the author’s, whose career as a behaviorist and writer was made possible through Lou’s extraordinary intelligence and heart. Lou won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, caught a rapist, fought coyotes and kidnappers, comforted elderly war veterans and Alzheimer patients in their final days, taught ASL to kids, learned scores of unique behaviors and tricks, amassed a vocabulary of nearly 200 words, helped rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive dogs and saved them from euthanasia. He was also a clown, consummate performer and Steve’s best friend for sixteen years. His story will make readers laugh and cry in equal measures.