Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: November 10, 2018
Binding: Kobo eBook
A game warden’s gripping account of his career protecting wildlife—and people—in New England and in New Orleans.
When Roger Guay’s father died in a tragic accident during a fishing excursion, a kind game warden helped him through the loss. Inspired by this experience, as well as his love of the outdoors, Guay became a game warden himself, and a certified K9 handler—beginning a successful career that would span twenty-five years and see him establish canine units as a staple of the game warden service.
Guay takes readers into the patient, watchful world of a warden catching poachers and protecting pristine wilderness, and the sometimes CSI-like reconstruction of deer- and moose-poaching scenes. Guay searches for lost hunters and hikers, estimating that over the years, he has pulled more than two hundred bodies out of Maine’s north woods. His frequent companion is a little brown lab named Reba, who can find discarded weapons, ejected shells, hidden fish, and missing people.
A Good Man with a Dog explores Guay’s life as he and his canine partners are exposed to increasingly terrible events, from tracking down hostile poachers to searching for victims of violent crimes, including a year-long search for the hidden graves of two babies buried by a Massachusetts cult. He witnessed firsthand FEMA’s mismanagement of the post-Katrina cleanup efforts in New Orleans, an experience that left him scarred and disheartened. But ultimately, he reveals how he found hope again—and returned to the woods he knew and loved from the days of his youth.