Mystery lovers know David Rosenfelt for his series “Andy Carpenter”. The fictional Andy is an extremely reluctant attorney whose real passion is rescuing dogs, especially rescuing golden retrievers. He will most likely be persuaded to take a case if a dog is involved in any way.
What his readers may not know is that Rosenfelt dedicates himself to dogs. He and his wife, whom he sees as the real force behind their dog protection work, began volunteering in the LA shelter system, and in a short time they formed a home rescue and mediation group. Sometimes they had up to 40 dogs, some of which were unacceptable due to their age or frailty.
His recent book Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure is non-fiction that tells the story of the pack’s relocation from the west coast to the east – an unlikely and extremely complicated exercise that it made possible , through the extraordinary help and generosity of friends and fans.
During a dogtripping book tour earlier this year, Rosenfelt gave a reading at a local Berkeley bookstore that was serving a rescue group in Northern California, and The Bark took the opportunity to speak to him in person. Below are the edited highlights of this conversation that took place in our office and involved excessive laughter (which we did not transcribe).