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library reading belles-lettres literature books bestsellers media authors Follow the Dog Home "We learn a lot about life on our two legs from our friends who walk on four." – Kevin Walsh NAZ SIOSHANSI writer inFollow the Dog Home,Wellesley resident Kevin Walsh has written, edited, and published a heartwarming, family book about his father's, his own, and his daughter's experi- ence with raising, loving, and losing dogs. But the book is more than "a dog lover's book:" it explores the impact of war, illness, love, and death through three generations of a family and thirteen dogs. And it is also rooted in Wellesley. The story has an incredible start. Walsh, his family, and Beverly, their German Shepherd, had recently moved to Wellesley from Wilmington, Delaware for his new job at Comcast Sportsnet New England. Tired from unpacking, Walsh decided to take Beverly for a much-needed run and to check out St. Paul's church for Sunday services. During the run, they turned onto Atwood Street and Walsh was particularly attracted to a specific house mid- way along the street. "It's the kind of house that I would love to live in…it fits the neighborhood. It is not too big or too small, but a house that most people could attain to living in if they worked hard and saved right." Time and again, Walsh and Beverly found themselves at this house—or home—with Beverly eagerly leading Walsh down the path to the front door, sniffing the whole way. During this time, Walsh also learned that his relative, Jean, had lived in Wellesley, so he called her to find out if she lived on Atwood Street. Her reply surprised his whole family. She lived on Abbott Street, but his father, as a baby, had lived at the exact house on Atwood Street that had caught Walsh's eye. Beverly, who had first led them to Wellesley, as none of the other houses they saw would rent to a family with a German Shepherd, had now led them home again. 154 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 COURTESY OF SWEET TEA BOOKS

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