I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship. I knew it was a memoir about hiking and dogs (both of which are things that I love) but beyond that I wondered what would make it interesting as a story. Well, it wasn’t long before I was drawn into the story of this man and a dog.
Well, not just one dog, but two very special dogs. And anyone who has had a special dog knows the kinds of changes a dog like that can bring into your life! I won’t give away too much of the story since I think you should read it yourself, but I will say that you will grow to love both little dogs.
As the title suggests this book is mainly about a dog named Atticus, a hiking dog to be exact! It’s a tale of adventures between man and dog, and a story of how a little dog can change not only one person’s life, but many. It’s a wild ride that we readers get to watch unfold, from high peaks, crazy storms, family dynamics, and even politics, the story truly has a bit of everything. And like I said, this is a true story, which makes it all the more interesting!
I didn’t want the story to end, I had become quiet attached to this little dog and his love for hiking. If you have hiked, even a little bit, you know how addicting the mountains can be, and it turns out that even little dogs can sometimes feel the same way!
As the author, Tom, describes it, two very unlikely hikers set out on doing what few hikers ever had; climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand- foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity! But there’s much more to the story than just the climbing. It’s much more a tale of a deep friendship between man and dog.
My favorite parts were when Atticus is described as a little Buddha, sitting on top of the mountain, looking out over the valley below. That would truly be a sight to behold!
Luckily, because Tom keeps a blog of his adventures with Atticus, the story doesn’t have to end where the book leaves off. If you want to check it out please visit The Adventures of Tom and Atticus. You can also connect with Tom (and Atticus of course) on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for sending us the book to read and for including us on the tour. If you would like to read other people’s impressions of the book, be sure to visit the Following Atticus book tour page.