The Dog Who Took Me Up a Mountain
How Emme the Australian Terrier Changed My Life When I Needed It Most
by Rick Crandall; Joseph Cosgriff
Pub Date 08 Oct 2019
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By the time life had finished hitting Rick Crandall from all sides, he was at the lowest point of his life, both personally and professionally. Depressed to find himself facing a mid-late-life age crisis and watching his finances crumble as the tech industry bubble burst, he hopes his future isn't headed downhill. It was at this critical juncture in their new marriage that his wife Pamela made an astute and life-changing suggestion: "Let's get a dog."
So begins the story of Emme, a 200-pound Saint Bernard trapped in the body of 5-pound Australian terrier puppy. Soon, Emme and Rick hit the hiking trails around Aspen, Colorado. While she is groomed to be a show dog, it's soon obvious that her heart is in the hills and with Rick, who decides to add more challenging hikes to the mix. Before long, they are scaling Colorado's "fourteeners," peaks with altitudes of over 14,000 feet. On one magical day, Emme climbs to the top of four "fourteeners," a quarter of the sixteen such peaks she will complete during her life without once being carried on a trail or on the rocks on the way to a summit.
In mountaineering Rick realizes he has found—in his late sixties—his life's new passion. This is where Emme has led him—out of the abyss and to the top of the mountain. She was never really walking behind: she was nudging him along until he found his stride. Even after Rick understood the glory of climbing, it was Emme still doing the leading, until Rick learned how to lead himself.
A Note From the Publisher
“An amazing journey. Congratulations. Your feat dwarfs others.” - —John Hickenlooper, former Colorado governor
“I am hugely impressed by your ascents of the fourteeners and your approach to the book—never too late to find a new passion in life.” -- —Sir Chris Bonington, legendary mountaineer, author, lecturer, and still climbing in his 80s
*Targeted marketing to the hundreds of Facebook pages dedicated specifically to mountain climbing.
*Author has hired a top tier book publicity firm to initiate the book's social media and traditional media presence prior to publication dovetailing with publisher's promotional efforts.
*As a corporate executive, board representative, topic expert, and inspirational speaker, author is a public speaker, and has delivered over 1,000 speeches, presented to audiences as large as 2,000 attendees.
*Promotion to author's extensive business and personal networks—Facebook page, LinkedIn network, corporate connections, personal website, blog posts, relationship with the governor of Colorado.
* Rick's wife Pamela Levy, founded and manages Australian Terrier International (ATI) and is the editor of the Australian Terrier International Newsletter (www.australianterrierinternational.org), which will feature the book. Promotion via author's website, www.rickcrandallbooks.com. Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, a close friend of the author, will support the book as it showcases Colorado as a destination.