Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Kindle edition of GIV - THE STORY OF A DOG AND AMERICA
'My name is Dean Hickok. Sergeant, late of the U.S. Marines. I authored this work, though I did not create its people nor their stories. These, you will come to find, I inherited.
The book and its people became known to me because I nearly ran down a dog one night on a back road during a Kentucky rainstorm.
The dog, it turned out, had been made to suffer and left to die in a crate. But his will to survive, his determination to overcome the many cruelties inflicted upon him, and the ultimate and unabated goodness that abided in him even afterward, are the actual reason these pages bearing my name exist at all.
I was profoundly wounded of heart and empty of purpose as I drove through the Kentucky darkness that night. I had recently returned from Iraq, the lone survivor of my squad, when my headlights bore through a sweeping rain to find him there stumbled and fallen.
Both of us being on that same road, on that night, and at that moment, was not an accidental happenstance but the poetry of fate For, as much as I saved a dog's life, he saved mine. And a little boy's... but that is for later in the story...
So begins what is being described as... "A landmark American work of heart"... that was born from a journey the author took across this country to collect stories about the dog and man.
But it is not just a book about a dog known as GIV. It is also about America, its places and people. And the events that shaped our history and impacted our hearts.
"Giv was meant to be," wrote the author, "a window through which to view the great soul of this nation. Giv is a compass, guiding the reader through passages of generosity and sacrifice, courage and goodness, to that most essential and eternal of places - selfless love.'