How far would you go to be reunited with your dog? Never Left Behind is the compelling and incredible true story account of Chef entrepreneur, Paul Barthel, who refused to be separated from his Labrador Retriever while going through a highly contentious divorce, making headlines.
A compelling memoir that submerges the reader inside the bowels of derelict kitchens, offering the vivid account of a man — a chef for over 30 years — who would leave his knives behind and summon the same determination he found on the line in those kitchens to be reunited with his best friend. Separated for three years, impassioned, he mounted a campaign fighting for his dog’s return, and grass roots stewardship efforts for laws protecting those creatures for an array of travails. In 2017, Illinois would become one of the first states to pass a bill recognizing pets in further seeking the best interest of the animal in domestic cases.
A heartwarming story, Never Left Behind will leave you laughing with behind the scenes restaurant kitchen anecdotes, while also inspiring you to find your spirit in life, however more importantly, question our human-animal relationship bond we share and how we allow animals to be treated.
A true story, Never Left Behind will offer you pause, recognizing, while as humans we may brandish a larger stick, does not allow us the fortitude for mistreatment or exploitation those animals we must hold dear. After reading, you will choose to look differently at those pets we welcome into our homes and those on our farms.
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Paul Barthel, a native of Chicago, he grew up in Illinois and Wyoming. A Chef entrepreneur and restaurant owner who worked behind the scenes in kitchens for over thirty years in both large venues and small restaurants. A dedicated Animal Rights advocate who pushed to establish an Illinois law recognizing pets in domestic law. He is the founder of the animals rights organization, Voices for Pets and currently pursuing Michigan, Iowa, and Ohio further establish identical laws in addition to puppy mill legislation, and furthered anti-cruelty measures. Barthel is also a strong opponent and activist against the Yulin Dog Festival. He currently volunteers for a variety of welfare organizations. Mr. Barthel is currently working on his next publication.