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The Hunt of Her Life: A book series about a rescue dog that will touch your heart Hunt of Her Life Original Book is a nonfiction book about Samantha, an unwanted rescue dog who the author adopts at age 2. This beautifully designed full-color deluxe book, by longtime newspaper journalist Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 60 vibrant color photos of dogs to help illustrate the compelling and uplifting of Samantha - a pretty tricolor bird dog who uses her warm personality to win people over and build a new family after being put up for adoption by a hunter because she is gun-shy and afraid to hunt. Learn how she uses her special bonding abilities with people to help her eventually make a difficult, but successful, transition to family life.

While reading the The Hunt of Her Life, you will travel with Samantha and the author along a trail filled with surprising twists, sudden turns, mystery and even what some call a miracle. And when the journey is finished, you may never look at people and their pets, motherhood - and perhaps even God - in the same way.

The vibrant color photos are carefully positioned throughout this professionally designed book so you can see lifelike print images of Samantha and other dogs as you are reading about them, making you feel like your are right there with them!
  • A thoughtful story for pet enthusiasts: Those who love pets will appreciate the deep bond shared between this unwanted rescue dog and the book's author. Their unique closeness helps Samantha to twice defy certain death.
  • A warm story for mothers: Moms will be touched by the relationship that the author has with his own mother. Their connection helps him to overcome many frustrations and deal with overwhelming odds in his suspenseful nationwide "hunt" to try to locate the unknown birthplace and family roots of his unregistered rescue dog after she eventually succumbs to illness. 
  • A riveting story for those who enjoy suspense: Readers who like suspense will be intrigued and fascinated by the crafty investigative journalism techniques the author uses to try to uncover his dog's family tree. 
  •  A spiritual story for everyone: Everyone will be in awe as they come to realize that God all along has been providing a guiding hand in Samantha's journey through life and astonished when they ultimately learn about the mystical gift at the end of this rescue dog's trail.

The Hunt of Her Life is must reading. It will take you on a captivating journey - a trip like no other - that will touch your heart.

About the author

Joseph A. Reppucci of Lexington, Massachusetts, worked 35 years as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Greater Boston area and is retired from The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, a GateHouse Media newspaper. He also worked at The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, The Sun of Lowell and The Evening News of Salem. Mr. Reppucci writes an online column about dogs, The Ruff Report, which appears on hundreds of newspaper websites. The column focuses on animal abuse and rescue as well as other pet topics such as adoption, behavior, health, medicine and safety. He is a graduate of Lexington High School and of Suffolk University in Boston, where he was the editor in chief of The Suffolk Journal, a student newspaper that won acclaim for its quality from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Friend him on Facebook/joseph.reppucci.

What professional writers say

A wonderful journey made all the more remarkable by the determination of the author to honor his beloved English Setter and her bloodline. Twist after twist, turn after turn, you're never let down as The Hunt of Her Life proceeds toward its uplifting conclusion. Vivid photos complement the intelligent narrative. Don't forget the tissues, but don't worry - there's plenty to smile about, too."
- Dick Trust, sports writer (retired),
The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass.

"You will enjoy this book! It's a love story that can be appreciated even by non-dog people, even crazy cat ladies like me."
 - Pam Sansbury, copy editor/writer, (retired)
The Miami, Fla., Herald

''The book is terrific! Wonderfully written, and I loved looking at those magnificent color photographs. This book really moved me, and I couldn't put it down. I don't own a dog, but I was inspired by this compelling rescue dog's story."
- Matthew Spencer, reporter,
Nebraska Life magazine

"A wonderful story that is told with love and pride by a fine writer. It's a great tribute not only to Samantha, the rescue dog who is the book's main character, but to rescue dogs everywhere, of all kinds. This book is a must read for all dog lovers."
- Maryellen Dever, freelance reporter,
Hingham, Mass., Journal

About the Sequel Book

The Hunt of Her Life Sequel is the continuation of the mystical story of rescue dog Samantha's life. This pretty tricolor bird dog's gripping tale appeared to have ended at the conclusion of The Hunt of Her Life. She had gone over to the other side of The Rainbow Bridge, and the overwhelming task of extending her nearly extinct bloodline to a new generation had been successful with the birth of her grandnephew, Sampson. But surprisingly, the birth of Sampson would not be the end of the story of Samantha's captivating journey through life. His entry into the world would turn out to be the unexpected continuation of her narrative.

This nicely designed deluxe full-color book, a memoir by longtime newspaper journalist Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 50 beautiful photos of dogs to help illustrate the continuation of Samantha's compelling and uplifting story. The vibrant color photos in the Sequel, just like in the original book, are carefully positioned so you can see images of the dogs as you are reading about them, making your feel like you are right there with them!

So move forward on this heartwarming journey – now with Sampson – in The Hunt of Her Life Sequel.

How to order 


The Hunt of Her Life Book Series (Original and Sequel), deluxe full-color books, is available to customers in the United States by ordering direct via Paypal. It makes a truly unique gift for holidays, birthdays or any other special occasion for animal lovers of all ages.

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Original Book

Publication Date: August 1, 2011
ISBN/EAN13: 1456385720/9781456385729
Page Count: 140
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Language: English
Color: Full Color
Categories: General/Pets and Dogs
Publisher:, a division of
List Price: $29.99

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Sequel Book
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 1511633727 / 9781511633727
Page Count: 82
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Language: English
Color: Full Color
Related Categories: Pets / Dogs / General
List Price: $24.99


*PLEASE NOTE: The Hunt of Her Life (*e-Edition) is a condensed version of the Original print book. The e-Edition is formatted as a traditional black-and-white book without photos. The print edition is a beautifully designed deluxe full-color book that contains more than 60 vibrant color photos of dogs and has several additional chapters.

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