Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan, the author of Following Atticus will introduce his incredible new book, Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again, the story of adopting an elderly schnauzer who was on his last legs, and the miraculous transformation that took place.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog, a family, and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in every living creature, at any stage of life.


Tom Ryan is the author of the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus. After raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Tom and Atticus were inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Hall of Fame as co-recipients of the “Human Hero of the Year Award.” Through their work with Will, Tom & Atticus were co-recipients of the Massachusetts School of Law Humanitarian Award. Tom writes the popular “Hiking with Tom & Atticus” column in the NorthCountry News and Mountainside Guide and the blog “The Adventures of Tom and Atticus.” He lives in Jackson, New Hampshire.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
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Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062444981
Availability: Available to Order
Published: William Morrow - April 25th, 2017

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Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061997112
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

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