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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (July 30, 2014) – From #1 New York Times bestselling author Teresa J. Rhyne comes the next chapter in discovering how dogs come into our lives for a reason, show us how to live, and teach us how to love.

The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) is the sequel to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling memoir, The Dog Lived (And So Will I).

It begins with another devastating diagnosis for Rhyne’s beloved beagle, Seamus, who successfully fought a malignant tumor just one year before Rhyne herself faced breast cancer.

With her trademark resilience, humor and quick wit, Rhyne vows to fight again and embarks on some experiments to create a healthier lifestyle for her family. Although diet and exercise have long been her enemies, she finds better food for Seamus, and trades cheese and meat for a plant-based diet and yoga for herself, quickly learning the extent of her inflexibility.

As she stretches her diet and exercise comfort zone, she soon realizes that’s not enough for her…or the animals.

As Rhyne struggles to find her place—somewhere between a hippie in a hemp skirt and a hypocrite in leather high heels—she also has to cope with the threat of Seamus slowly slipping away and whether her own health will follow the same fate.

Enter Daphne and Percival—two dogs from dire circumstances who need help. Rhyne and her boyfriend Chris soon find themselves rescuing a new generation of beagles (and welcoming not one, but two) into their home.

And this turns out to be the best medicine for everyone.

Daphne (a.k.a. Doodlebutt) was rescued from a kill shelter in Los Angeles. She was used by a backyard breeder, shot, and left on the streets. She also was diagnosed with cancer and had a mast cell tumor removed shortly after she was adopted.

Daphne is now cancer-free, slim, trim, and bossy as ever (just ask the neighbor dogs or beagle friends Maizy and Chloe). Like Seamus, she is devoted to food and equally fond of toast.

Percival spent the first 18 months of his life confined to a steel cage—the victim of animal testing in a pharmaceutical lab. He never walked on grass, saw sunshine, or had a treat or a toy, until he was rescued by Beagle Freedom Project.

Percival is a happy, playful, little imp who loves life with a zeal that surprises everyone, given all he’s been through. He loves his squeaks, all people, other dogs, and the occasional treat, but all of that pales in comparison to his obsessive love of Chris.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of print copies of The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) in October 2014 will benefit Beagle Freedom Project.

The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I)
Teresa J. Rhyne
October 7, 2014
ISBN: 9781492603382;
$14.99; Trade Paper; Memoir

About Teresa J. Rhyne
Teresa J. Rhyne is a work in progress (she knows that now more than ever). For the moment, she is a lawyer, writer, speaker, animal advocate, wine aficionado, and, for always, a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Southern California with Chris—her boyfriend and partner in all things—and their mischievous beagles. And, yes, she’s now a vegan. For more information, visit

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