Tom Ryan comes back to town
Tom Ryan, whose first book Following Atticus became an international bestseller, has a new book, Will's Red Coat: the Story of an Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again, about an almost blind and completely deaf, elderly dog he adopted with surprising results. Drawn by an online post,he adopted Will, a frightened, old dog whose owners had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey. Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bit him numerous times and acted out in violent displays, Tom realized he was in for a challenge. With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom had nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually began to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster had transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will persevered for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.
A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.
Tom Ryan served as publisher and editor of the Newburyport newspaper The Undertoad for more than a decade. In 2007 he sold the newspaper and moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch. Tom and Atticus climbed more than 450 four-thousand-foot peaks together, raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain . Tom's first book, Following Atticus, told that story and has gained them hundreds of thousands of loyal readers and on-line supporters. Atticus and Tom were inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Hall of Fame as corecipients of the “Human Hero of the Year Award.” Tom currently writes a popular column in the NorthCountry News and Mountainside Guide and the blog “The Adventures of Tom and Atticus.” He lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his latest dog friend and companion Samwise.