Walking With Peety is a candid story of life, love, second chances, and how animals and people mutually rescue one another. 

By Tracy Campion

It’s not often that I pick up a book and don’t want to put it down again, but that’s exactly what happened when I started reading Walking With Peety. Excepting the breaks that I needed to take to walk my own dog, Jack, I sat and read this book, cover to cover, on a Sunday.

Eric and his current dog, Jake, who is a Seattle Humane alumni Photo credit: Vanessa Mathisen

In this tome, Eric O’Grey, the star of the viral film “Eric & Peety,” provides the full story behind his journey with his rescue dog. Eric’s narrative, candid, clear, and at times heartbreaking, took me on his personal path to health and happiness. Eric went from being morbidly obese, socially isolated, sick, and hopeless to being saved by one very. special. dog.

Eric once weighed 340 pounds and his future looked so bleak that a doctor recommended that he purchase a funeral plot. He hadn’t been on a date in 15 years and had no social life to speak of, he often ate two extra large pizzas in one sitting, and he was unhappy with almost every aspect of his life. But then Eric visited another doctor who recommended a lifestyle change: a plant-based diet and regular exercise. And his doctor’s most important recommendation? Adopting a shelter dog.

After Eric adopted Peety from Humane Society Silicon Valley, he created the life that he’d always wanted, one step, one walk, and one adventure at a time. Thanks to Peety’s support and inspiration, Eric reached his goal weight of 180 pounds, and for the first time in decades, he found that he wasn’t just living; he felt truly alive.

Walking With Peety is funny, personal, and poignant – there was a part of the story where I was overcome with emotion and Jack came racing over to give me a hug.

I recommend this book for anyone who has ever rescued an animal and found that the animal was actually the one who rescued them.

Walking With Peety has a publication date of October 10. To learn more, visit this page.

To learn more about Mutual Rescue, visit their website here.