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Good Man with a Dog : A Game Warden's 25 Years in the Maine Woods (Hardcover) (Roger Guay & Kate Clark
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Roger Guay was rebellious, much like many young boys who grew up in rural Maine. He spent his days fishing and hunting whatever came across his path, and he filled each free moment away from school with as much wilderness exploration as he could. It was the perfect life for him, and he relished the risk and thrill of engaging in illicit outdoor activities.But his perspective changed when he fell ill and shared a hospital room with an ailing patient. This older man, dying of cancer, spoke passionately of his love of the outdoors, and his words compelled Guay to turn his life around. And when Guay’s own father died in a tragic fishing accident, it was a kind game warden that helped him through the loss. Inspired by the game warden’s compassion, Guay took on a new role as a game warden and certified K9 handler, beginning a successful career that would span twenty-five years, take him from the cold woods of Maine to the sweltering heat of Katrina-stricken New Orleans, and see him establish canine units as a staple of the game warden service.A Good Man with a Dog explores Guay’s life as he and his canine partners were exposed to increasingly terrible events, from tracking down hostile poachers to searching for victims of violent crime whose bodies had been disposed of in the woods. He witnessed firsthand FEMA’s mismanagement of the post-Katrina cleanup efforts in New Orleans, an experience that left him scarred and disheartened. But he found hope with the support of family and friends, and eventually returned to the woods he knew and loved from the days of his youth.