Rescue of local puppy leads to book

Cover of Bill and Alicia Klenk’s book “Rescue: A Dog’s Journey.”
Cover of Bill and Alicia Klenk’s book “Rescue: A Dog’s Journey.”

I never tire of stories about how a pet deemed useless and abandoned by someone who could find no value in its existence is adopted by someone else who is intuitive enough to see the treasure of this discarded creature. Then both the adopter and the adopted find the blessing of the adoption changes their lives forever.

Every similar story confirms my philosophy that every life matters. Especially the precious ones sitting alone in stark, scary, high kill shelters wondering what they did to have their family drop them off at a strange place, walk away and never look back.

Abandoned dogs and cats lives’ have purpose if only they can survive the kill shelter long enough to realize that purpose. I should know. I was one of them when I was abandoned on the coldest night of the year at just a few weeks old. Deserted fur babies are just like everybody else — we want to live, love and be loved.

One four-month old scruffy baby found himself at a high kill shelter through no fault of his own. His family didn’t want him any longer. They took him to the local pound fully aware it was a high kill shelter.

The little guy barely old enough to be away from his biological mom was now sitting in animal jail on death row with no idea what his crime was. Things were looking bleak for him.

But then Kristin Reid from Reid’s Rescue learned about him and everything changed. Kristin knew she had to pull him into the safety of her organization. She took him to her rescue, named him Simba and all was well.

Meanwhile, Bill and Alicia Klenk, who historically had purebred dogs, recently lost their two beloved Bichon girls. There hearts were broken. As if that weren’t sad enough, their beautiful 11-year old Akita, Kodi, was deeply grieving the loss of his sisters and sinking into a dark depression.

Because of Kodi’s advanced age, Bill and Alicia were concerned about how his emotional state might impact his overall health. They knew he needed a companion soon and, for the first time, they considered a rescue dog.

The Klenk’s were directed to Kristin and saw photos of Simba. They thought he was really cute and arranged to take Kodi to meet Simba. After all, Kodi was elderly and Simba was a little boy. The chemistry had to be right.

It was love at first sight. Simba became Pooh, joined the Klenk family and headed home to become Kodi’s new adoring brother.

As occurs in most rescue adoptions, there is an adjustment period of bonding, building relationships and building trust. Most rescues have trust issues because they’ve been betrayed in the past, so trusting a new family usually takes a while.

But in Pooh’s case, he fit right in with his sweet floppy playful antics and lovable personality. He and Kodi were inseparable from the beginning while Pooh lifted Kodi from his depression. Both dogs’ lives were filled with joy again. But that wasn’t all.

This experience filled Bill and Alicia with not only a love of rescue but also a curiosity of the myriad of emotions an abandoned dog or cat must go through. So they embarked on writing a wonderful book about Pooh’s experience called “Rescue: A Dog’s Journey.”

Bill and Alicia, who is an accomplished artist, published the book. The book, which will be part of a series, is complete with phenomenal illustrations by Alicia.

And because Bill and Alicia are committed to promoting rescue, they’re donating a portion of proceeds of the sale of their book to rescue groups. If you’d like a copy, go to their website at or to Amazon.

Thank goodness for rescues. Thank goodness for Pooh, and thank goodness for the Klenks and their mission to help rescue groups.