Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: favorites. In this case I wish to make an exception, although it's more of a homage. My husband and I read this one out loud together over morning coffee. It is still one of the best human-reinventing-his-life-with-his-dog books I have ever read. I continued to follow Tom and Atticus' adventures through their blog and Facebook page.
Anyone who loves dogs especially miniature schnauzers , hiking, or heartwarming, life affirming adventures would love this story. Not long ago just prior to setting out on another trip, Atticus, the dog, fell seriously ill with a stroke. While seeing to his care, Tom, the human, was unexpectedly hospitalized with a heart attack and complete loss of kidney function.
Recently his kidneys, again unexpectedly, returned to full function and he was released and reunited with his beloved companion. A few days ago a picture of the two of them taking a gentle walk in the woods was posted. Today it was announced that Tom held Atticus for the last time this evening as his vet put an end to the suffering. Apparently he had a brain tumor. The doctor said it was clear he waited for Tom to return home so they could share one more week together and say goodbye. If I live long enough, I will have to go through this scenario myself at least three more times.
Like Atticus, my dogs have had the best life possible. The problem is, it's just not long enough. Thank you Tom for sharing your love and adventures with us. I wish you physical and emotional healing. View all 26 comments. How can one help but love this 20 pound furbaby? This powerhouse known as Atticus M. Finch love that , Little Buddha, or Little Giant in and around his home town of Newburyport, MA, led his best friend Tom Ryan hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire, making history one winter summiting over 48 peaks in honor of a friend who had died of cancer.
As Atticus and Tom reached each peak, they would pause at the summit and bond while gazing out at the beauty of the landscape. They grew famous and How can one help but love this 20 pound furbaby? They grew famous and beloved through news of their treks, by the amazement at a small dog's ability to accomplish such feats and overcome adversities. Through the power of their friendship, light prevailed over darkness when tragedy struck.
I first learned of this dynamic duo watching an Animal Planet special several years back. Then I read a heartbreaking review of the book following Atticus' passing last year. The audio book is narrated by Tom Ryan--New England accent and all. Who knew that Newburyport was pronounced New Breport?
Atticus M. Finch changed Tom Ryan's life and that of all who knew him and who continue to learn of him. I loved how Tom trained him from a pup not with punishments or rewards, but with the respect deserving a Please and Thank you for each favor granted.
Once looking for scoops, author Tom Ryan found solitude with his best friend, Atticus
Atticus taught Tom how to love and how to live, about kindness, and how to dream. Tom gave Atti selfless adoration and a good life mingled with beautiful nature. I checked out Tom's blog and learned that he is still writing great news! Last month atop a summit they watched Mars, the moon, and Venus align. From Tom's blog: "As Emerson would say in his Transcendental way And that little line that divides man and beast vanished and what we shared was the sacrament of communion.
Nature has a way of bringing us home View all 10 comments. May 16, Linda Martin rated it it was amazing. I don't usually read animal books and have no idea why this book got my attentionbut I surely am glad it did. I don't have a dog and haven't wanted one, even though my friends say I need one for company. I always say, "No, I would rather not have anything to be responsible for. Well, Tom Ryan you have almost changed my mind. Tom Ryan took a chance on getting a dog and it changed his outlook. Then Tom went on a journey "Following Atticus" and it changed his w I don't usually read animal books and have no idea why this book got my attentionbut I surely am glad it did.
Then Tom went on a journey "Following Atticus" and it changed his whole life. This very amazing journey make me laugh and cry; sometimes at the same time. What is the book about? I'd say it is about friendship, love and making memories. If you are a dog-lover, hiker, mountain climber, adventurer Atticus changed Tom's life and his story may have changed mine. We'll see if I get a dog. It'll be the fault of Tom Ryan and Atticus if I do. I don't think it would be a mistake after reading this book. View 2 comments. Oct 01, Beth Maddaus rated it it was amazing.
For Tom, and for his readers, the climb is more than an exciting adventure filled with difficult terrain, wildlife, and fearsome weather; the climb is about discovering who we were meant to be and how to find and nurture the inner self that leads us there. I met Tom and Atticus on a trail one cool September morning in I had "It's like looking into the face of God" is Tom's response as to what he sees when he and his little dog Atticus climb the rugged peaks of New Hampshire's footers. I had begun hiking the summer before as a way to heal my own wounds and to confront my own demons.
The mountains had given me peace and self confidence and in Tom and Atticus I found fellows on the same journey. Through the years I followed Tom's mountain writing and it felt like windows into my soul. He saw the mountains--not as athletic pursuits or challenges to conquer but as stately, stalwart places where he could return over and over again in every possible condition and always feel as if he was looking into the face of God.
I understood that, because I did the same. This book is about love, healing, growth and home. If you have ever loved or been loved or wish that you had been loved differently; if you are ready to confront sadness, fear and disappointment; if you wonder what makes a home--then let Tom and Atticus show you.
View all 4 comments. The author's strong MA accent may have hindered my enjoyment of the book, but for whatever reason, I thought the book would never end. It's a nice little story, I suppose, but it's inflated to the point of self-indulgence, melodrama and sentimentality. I'm happy to move on.
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That said, I did appreciate the quote he used from some excellent writers Campbell, Wordsworth, other romantic poets. The guy is clearly well-read, which always earns some respect from me. Apr 03, Mike rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Miniature Schnauzer lovers. Shelves: not-for-me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to read something lighter and chose this book because of the high rating and good reviews on Goodreads. Have to say this book is not for me. Part autobiography Tom and part biography Atticus the dog the book tells the story of the author who gets hooked on hiking and hooked on having a dog, then forces the dog to go on what he himself admits are dangerous winter hikes.
There is another reviewer on here who said this book would have made a good magazine article — and I agree with that I wanted to read something lighter and chose this book because of the high rating and good reviews on Goodreads. There is another reviewer on here who said this book would have made a good magazine article — and I agree with that. Story was long and repetitive. It was OK to hike because you enjoyed the time alone with your dog. Then to force a miniature schnauzer to do this, too?
There were a few occasions the dog refused to go on the hikes — I think he was telling you something. I mean, really — did the dog have the option to opt out? The author keeps pointing out how dangerous the weather was, and how he kept checking for pending storms, etc. My response — get a job, and if you can hike on weekends or days off — then go hike. Make some money, and donate it to the charity yourself. I eventually felt like I was watching one of those TV shows where the overweight moms force their young daughters to enter beauty pageants.
The dog was getting all this recognition, and the owner was preparing to write a book and a blog about the dog getting all this attention. View 1 comment. Jul 25, Bryan Flagg rated it it was amazing. First off, I must say I was one of the very lucky people to receive an advanced copy of this book. Tom Ryan has one of those gifts not given to all writers. He has that gift of being able to play with your emotions within a short span of time. He'll have you concerned, crying, excited, tense, crying again, yet smiling, and all before the chapter's end.
Tom has allowed us in to a world of what some might think make believe, but in the White Mountains of NH, there is no make believe - it's all tru First off, I must say I was one of the very lucky people to receive an advanced copy of this book. Tom has allowed us in to a world of what some might think make believe, but in the White Mountains of NH, there is no make believe - it's all true! It's dangerous, it's fascinating and to the right people, it's a very magical place.
Notice I say "right people. Whether it's the mountains you enjoy, the hiking, the torment of sore feet, the enjoyment of the outdoors, the thought of following a little dog up some pretty big mountains against some substantial obstacles along the way, or just plain want to take an amazing journey with an incredible person named Tom and one incredible little dog named Atticus, this book is simply a must read. Be ready for a fun filled roller coaster ride of emotions that will have you finding it difficult to put this book down until you are completely finished.
Enjoy this one. It's a keeper for certain. Jul 26, Janice Nelson rated it it was amazing. Received my book and could not put it down. So well written and moving, so honest without any nonsense that weighs it down. A book that goes beyond all other dog books and is a guide for life. Very well written, quite readable and soon to be a bestseller. We have a home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Tom's beautiful descriptions make me feel like I am there, even though I am stuck here in our boring Boston suburb instead. Cannot wait to get back to the mountains this weekend. He inspir Received my book and could not put it down. He inspires me to get my out-of-shape something body back on the move in the most beautiful place in New England that I, sadly, often neglect.
The book is a page turner from beginning to end. A great book about hiking, a special dog, a change of direction in life, the breathtaking beauty of the mountains, an act of charity and a moving perspective on family relationships. Something for everyone to take hold of. Read it soon. Sep 15, Maria rated it liked it Recommends it for: dog lovers. Shelves: non-fiction.
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This book was on the reader's choice table at the library, so I picked it up. It's about the author and his little dog and how the dog impacted his life and how he came to get the dog. It's a pretty good story. At first, it's about how he got the dog and how they became a part of each other's lives and how Atticus taught him a lot about himself.
Then he gets into hiking the mountains of New Hampshire, setting records in hiking all of This book was on the reader's choice table at the library, so I picked it up. Then he gets into hiking the mountains of New Hampshire, setting records in hiking all of the peaks over 4, feet in a certain amount of time, and Atticus loves the hikes. So I have no frame of reference to understand what it was like. Atticus develops health problems and the whole town and hiking community rallies together to help pay for his medical expenses. It's a pretty good story, but not compelling.
But the last part of the book was just more of the same, so I skimmed over it. More climbing, more snow, more walking, more blah blah blah, throw in an injury and dad dying, the end. I just got bored of the endless hiking up and down the same mountains over and over again with the The Most Remarkable and Wonderful Dog to Ever Walk the Face of the Earth.
And if he's doing all this hiking and neglecting his newspaper he's the only "employee" , how is he doing this with no income, I'd like to know? So I'm giving it three stars for being an okay story, but taking off points for dragging out the details. Aug 20, Karen rated it it was amazing. Fortunate to have an ARC copy.
Loving it so far! Great appeal here - not just for hikers. Animal lovers, those interested in family relationships, the small town newspaper business, and the ability and courage to make life style changes. Should appeal to fellow middle agers out there that anything is possible if you persevere and follow your dreams! Finished the book in october. A fantastic read for people of all ages, both male and female!
A privilege to have Tom and Atticus at our library! A ja Fortunate to have an ARC copy.
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A jam packed room. Sep 22, Louis rated it it was amazing. Before reading 'Following Atticus' I would suggest watching the video trailer for it. I was lucky enough to be at a recent book signing event on their tour and Tom has a wonderful soft spoken articulate tone that is nice to hear over the narrative of the book as you read.
I am a dog lover, my dogs are my best friends. I hike some of the White mountains with my dogs. This however, believe it or not, has nothing to do for how much I enjoyed Following Atticus. OK, maybe the dog part had an influence Before reading 'Following Atticus' I would suggest watching the video trailer for it. OK, maybe the dog part had an influence. That is a key point to the book. Tom writes with a wonderful restraint. Never does the book embellish their achievements nor gives the impression that he is trying to say 'Look how great we are'. He did not set out to write the next Hollywood screenplay.
He simply wanted to tell a story and a great story it is. I constantly ask myself while reading this "How do Tom and Atticus do this? The answer is They just do. What makes the book so compelling is that although Atticus is a catalyst for almost everything Tom is and has become in the past decade, the book is not solely about Atticus. It is about so much more. It is about a man not happy who he is, about who he becomes, about his relationships, about his town, about nature, about his past, about working through things, about friends both human and animals.
This story is one of the best examples of how animals can help bring about lasting positive change in the humans they connect with. Finch is a mini Schnauzer bred and born in Louisiana who becomes the companion to Tom Ryan, hundreds of miles away in New Hampshire. Tom is what I call a seeker, a middle-age man looking for meaning in his life, unwilling to relinquish his dreams.
They embark on their lives together and become the two of the most unlikely but inspirational winter hikers This story is one of the best examples of how animals can help bring about lasting positive change in the humans they connect with. They embark on their lives together and become the two of the most unlikely but inspirational winter hikers in their state's history. Braving the weather and facing down deep seated fears, Tom is constantly amazed at his little dog, affectionately called,Little Buddha. Always ready for adventure, steadfast and loving, Atticus accepts life as it comes, as long as it has his human in it.
I was inspired by this tale and relearned a life lesson or two. And Atticus and Tom's tale has reaffirmed what I have known for years; our lives are enriched immeasurably when our lives include four-legged companions. Sep 18, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Tom Ryan is owner, writer, and editor of his own newspaper.
Ryan was not really in the mark for a dog when he became the new owner of a dog. Tom was going to just write back to he would be happy to advertise in his newspaper about the dog but the next thing Tom knows, he is responding that he will take the dog. Tom did not have Maxwell for ve Tom Ryan is owner, writer, and editor of his own newspaper. Tom did not have Maxwell for very long before he passed away from seizures. It was at this time that Tom realized that he liked having a dog and the company that a dog brought.
You would not know it at first glance that such a small dog like Atticus would have such a big heart and determination but he does. Tom and Atticus quickly formed a bond. Tom invited his brothers out to visit him. They had been estranged. That changed and the brothers were visiting each other. There are forty eight of the mountains and they are over four thousand feet high. Where you will receive a patch and a scroll. Tom and Atticus took on this task and soon they were hiking every mountain.
It was during these times that Tom and Atticus really grew close and became good companions. Reading this book reminded me of another great book about a man and the bond he shared with his dog, whom was a standard size black poodle named Charley. Yep, you guessed it. Only in this book, Charley is a mini schnauzer named Atticus Maxwell Finch. Atticus is the star of this book. He won me over when he and Tom were testing each other with the great cage and bath room incident. I knew than that Atticus was smart. To be honest at first I would not picture author, Tom Ryan with such a small dog but as I got to know both Tom and Attics better, I realized that they were meant to be together and made a perfect fit.
The best choice I made was Following Atticus! Aug 21, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: animal-related , library-books , goodreads-group-read. I guess he was likeable enough I also think Tom was very noble to make his climbs as fund raising efforts for cancer victims and survivors; and I was very touched how everyone was remembered including Max whenver he reached a peak. For two winters in a row, he and Atticus attempted to climb the footers each twice, in an attempt to raise money for various causes.
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His hiking exploits are all chronicled in the book and, as mentioned before, the White Mountains never looked better. Of course, there is hardship to overcome and obstacles in the way, but Tom and Atticus find their way through, strengthening their amazing bond along the way. Following Atticus will be published on September 21st, and and available to readers soon thereafter. And the trailer is worth watching too. Share this: Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window.