My Book is in the June 2019 Reader’s Digest!


Walking with Peety, the Dog Who Saved My Life, is currently available in eight languages worldwide and as an audio book on Audible. The book is scheduled for re-release in paperback in November 2019. The book has 4.7 stars on Amazon and is featured in the June 2019 Reader’s Digest!


My book Walking with Peety, the Dog Who Saved My Life is featured in the June 2019 Reader’s Digest with eight pages! I’m delighted with the curated selections and photos used in the article.

Walking with Peety is a true American comeback story about recovery, overcoming odds and achieving dreams – between a man who thought life was over and a shelter dog who inspired him to become the person he always wanted to be. The book is filled with stories about hope, an incredible human-animal bond of brotherhood, overcoming chronic disease, and a fairy tale story of lost love between high school sweethearts who reunited 40 years later because of this dog. This book is for anyone ready to change their life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and friendship dogs can bring. Walking with Peety is much more than a tale of mutual rescue – it’s an epic story of friendship, strength and unconditional love.

Walking with Peety can be ordered from any on-line bookseller, wherever good books are sold, or through my website.

Please also see these short videos of the Mutual Rescue film/book trailer and my television appearances for more information.

Press Release: Eric O’Grey to Serve as Spokesperson for Mutual Rescue™ Initiative

Media Contact:
Michelle Tennant Nicholson
Wasabi Publicity, Inc.

For Immediate Release:

Eric O’Grey, subject of Mutual Rescue™ viral film, to serve as spokesperson for nationwide effort

Group’s first film, “Eric & Peety,” inspires influx of entries for film series

 SAN JOSE, CA, July 01, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Eric O’Grey, subject of the first film produced by Mutual Rescue, will serve as spokesperson for this inspiring new national initiative highlighting the life-changing power of human-animal relationships.

Created by Humane Society Silicon Valley, Mutual Rescue is producing an ongoing series of short films, including its first one, “Eric & Peety.” It depicts how Eric adopted Peety, an older, overweight shelter dog who helped him to lose more than 140 pounds and literally saved his life. “Eric & Peety” went viral and has been viewed more than 50 million times.

“I went to the local shelter and I remember telling the lady I would like an obese, middle-aged dog so that I would have something in common with him…” Eric recounts in the film. “I took him home that night and neither of us knew what to expect. And over a period of time we formed an inseparable bond that I had never really experienced with another person or animal.”

“Eric & Peety” is inspiring people from all over the country to submit their stories for consideration in upcoming Mutual Rescue films as well to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups. Four additional films will be previewed at a private event in Silicon Valley on September 18, 2016 before they are released to the public at large.

Mutual Rescue is changing the conversation from people OR animals to people AND animals, elevating the cause of animal welfare by illustrating how helping animals helps people.

To request an interview with Eric or another Mutual Rescue spokesperson, please contact Executive Publicist Michelle Tennant Nicholson at or 828-749-3200. For more information, visit the online press kit, the public and the Mutual Rescue YouTube channel.

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My book and co-writer announcement!

Book AnnouncementThe announcement above appeared today in Publishers Marketplace, a trade website for publishing professionals.  I am thrilled to announce that my book will be published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette, one of the “Big 5” publishers.

I am equally thrilled about my co-writer, Mark Dagostino.  Mark is a multiple New York Times Bestselling co-author and former senior writer for People Magazine. His most recent book, which was released in paperback this spring, also featured a dog as one of its leading characters: The New York Times bestseller Elle & Coach by Stefany Shaheen tells the story of the inspiring effects a medic-alert dog has on one family after their daughter is diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. He also has two books hitting shelves this fall, including The Magonolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV hit, “Fixer Upper.” That book already shot to #1 on Amazon on its very first day of pre-orders! Mark’s past books include My Life Outside the Ring by Hulk Hogan, and my personal favorite:  Rudy: My Story by Notre Dame football legend Rudy Ruettiger.

In this book, I will be delighted to share my whole story and significantly expand what viewers saw in the short film Eric and Peety by Mutual Rescue, an initiative of Humane Society Silicon Valley, which to date is estimated to have received more than 40 million views worldwide.