Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog

Hardcover | January 24, 2012

byEmma Pearse

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The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months.
 
It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. But when the sky suddenly darkened and the waves turned fierce, the unthinkable happened: Sophie disappeared overboard. Her heartbroken humans couldn’t fathom the loss and could only hope their beloved pet didn’t suffer. But this true cattle dog and devoted best friend wasn’t going to give up that easily—and what followed is a remarkable tale of survival, luck, and persistence.
 
From the first day the Griffiths set eyes on puppy Sophie through that terrible October day she was lost, to Sophie’s time as a castaway and the reunion that almost didn’t happen, journalist Emma Pearse recreates the incredible journey of this canine Robinson Crusoe. An inspirational story of loyalty and the resilience of the spirit, Sophie offers undeniable proof about the unbreakable bond between humans and our pets—and that if lost, they would do anything to come home to us.

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The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months. It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. But when the sky suddenl...

Emma Pearse is an Australian journalist who lived in New York for over ten years, where she wrote for New York magazine, the Financial Times, and The Village Voice, among others. Emma lives and works between Australia and New York. This is her first book.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 24, 2012Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0738214671

ISBN - 13:9780738214672

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment Brave dog, wonderful reunion, but not enough to support a book. I found myself skimming the pages to grasp the outline of the events, not interested in the owners' tearful moments, while I sympathize. Too many of the facts of Sophie's survival are unknown, too much of the book's content is simple conjecture on the author's part. The author could have used the platform to explain more about the region, the islands and their history, flora and fauna, the efforts of the rangers to preserve the islands indigenous inhabitants, a missed opportunity.
Date published: 2012-07-20