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Walking With Peety
Eric O'Grey with Mark Dagostino
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group

Walking with Peety is an inspirational and informative story about recovery, redemption, hope and achieving dreams, made possible by a doctor who listened and cared, the unconditional love between a man who thought life was over and a shelter dog who wouldn't let him quit, and the kindness of others who inspired him to become the person he always wanted to be. The book includes many surprises and subplots featuring stories of legendary man/dog road trips, animal kindness, overcoming chronic disease with plant based nutrition, how angels are not always human, and a fairy tale of love lost and found again 40 years later.

Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type-2 diabetes, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of brotherhood and unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based food, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life, eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart. Walking with Peety is for anyone ready to make a change in their life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic comeback story of friendship and strength.

Praise for Walking with Peety

“WALKING WITH PEETY epitomizes why dogs are considered man’s best friend. This is a story of transformation, love, and loyalty that will tug at your heartstrings like Old Yeller. Pull out your Kleenex and get ready for an amazing ride.”

RIP ESSELSTYN, New York Times bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet

“Animals enrich our world and our lives, and they can heal and inspire us, as the story of Eric and Peety so clearly illustrates. I highly recommend this book, which shows how kindness to animals is also good for people, and how compassion can become contagious.”

GENE BAUR, bestselling author and president/cofounder of Farm Sanctuary


“An inspiring story of four-footed love and the way it can change lives and make us realize our better selves.”

LARRY LEVIN, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

“An inspiring, lifesaving, and just all ‘round exciting story that proves that kindness is a cure.”

INGRID NEWKIRK, president and founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

“This heartwarming story is an inspiration for anyone looking for better health and a better life. It is beautifully written and encouraging every step of the way.”

NEAL D. BARNARD, MD. FACC, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and New York Times best-selling author of The Cheese Trap

Meet the Authors

Eric O'Grey is an inspirational speaker with a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University and a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University. Eric enjoys long distance running with his dog Jake, gourmet plant based cooking, and spending time with his wife Jaye. He is passionate about animal kindness, plant based nutrition, and helping others reverse obesity, type 2 diabetes, and achieve their optimal weight and happiness. More information about Eric and his initiatives is available on his website ericandpeety.com.

Mark Dagostino is a multiple New York Times bestselling co-author whose career has been built through the sharing of uplifting and inspirational stories. Before becoming an author, Mark served ten years on staff in New York and L.A. as a well-respected correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for People magazine. More information is available on his website markdagostino.com.

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