At a signing for a book about adoption, a dog finds a forever home

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Rogan in his Petfinder photo

Greg Kincaid is the author of A Dog Named Christmas, a novel about the power of pet adoption. He has been blogging for Petfinder about his and his wife’s quest to adopt the perfect dog. Read all his posts here.

I know I’m supposed to be writing
about the Dog Wars, but I have to take a mid-week hiatus while the combatants
reload.

It’s very exciting to see A Dog
Named Christmas
listed this week as the “On the Rise” selection by the
American Book Seller’s Association for hardcover fiction.
But
something else happened recently that reminded me that the real power of the
book lurks behind those numbers.

I was at a book signing at Watermark
Books
in Wichita. The signing started at
7:00 p.m., and around 6:30, Barbara and Jack from Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, Inc., showed up with three dogs in need of homes. We had decided that, because of the strong
rescue theme in the book, public events would be a great opportunity to also
plug Petfinder and animal rescue. And what better way to promote adoption than with adoptable dogs?

Jack and Barbara had three dogs with
them. One was a small terrier-spaniel mix. The second was a miniature-poodle mix, and the third dog was very large standard poodle named Rogan. Rogan was beautiful and clearly had
more charisma than any man or beast could demand. His picture really does not begin to capture
his rather regal bearing.


Barbara told us that Rogan was
in the shelter as result of a death in his home. Rogan and his pals politely waited
as patrons gathered in a space that Watermark Books had reserved for us. Most patted the dogs on the head, said hello,
and found a chair.

One of the first to
arrive was a shy man, in worn polyester pants and a gray tweed hat. He was slim, quiet and had sunken-in brown
eyes that suggested their own sadness. He sat in the front row, and I noticed that Rogan rested his head on the
gentlemen’s lap and never left the entire evening.

I spent the next 40 minutes
talking about how the book came about and the publication process. I answered
questions and then signed books. It was
a very friendly crowd and I had a great time.

When we were finishing up, I heard two guests talking.

“How fun!”

“Yeah, and a dog got adopted too.”

I looked up and asked, “What?”

“One of the dogs was adopted.”

“Which one?” I asked.

“Rogan, by the older gentleman.”

I can’t remember when I felt
happier. I’m still hoping for the
Bestseller’s List, but if I don’t make it, that moment was worth the entire
journey.

[Editor's note: Pat Morriss, director of Lifeline Animal Placement, reports that Rogan is very happy in his new home. His adopters' beloved dog had died a few months ago, and they were grieving that loss when they met Rogan. "He picked us," they told Pat.]