Rin Tin Tin has been probably the most famous German Shepherd in history. There have been many books written about him. His children have continued the original bloodline and routinely appear at events around the country.
Author Susan Orlean has published a new book on his life. “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.”Throughout the country it’s been reviewed by various news and other sources.
This article is not about the reviews or the book it’s about the cover and the special dog who appears on the cover.
Photographer, Susan Falcetta, had gone to the animal shelter to adopt a dog. “The day we met, I was going to the pound to rescue a dog that someone had told me about,” Falcetta said. When she arrived she found the other dog had already been adopted.
She wandered around the shelter viewing the other animals and noticed a dog who was dirty and thin with empty eyes and listless movements. Falcetta said that she knew right away that she wanted to adopt him.
This was 6 years ago. The dog had an enormous amount of medical issues including dysplasia, which required surgery to both hips. He obviously was starved and abused. She named him Bones.
Two months after his surgery they stopped at a spot along a highway and she snapped pictures of Bones along the highway. She then submitted them to Getty Images as they were interested in her work.
The summer of this year she noticed a publisher had purchased one of the photos. She was curious how it was to be used and did some research on the photo. She found that Simon & Schuster had purchased the photo for a book on the famous Rin Tin Tin.
Falcetta said there are no words to describe how she felt when she learned the photo would be on the book cover, with Bones standing in for all dogs who share a little bit of the spirit of Rin Tin Tin.
Three days later, she held Bones on the kitchen floor where he died of cancer.She said he “let me see first-hand the power of forgiveness and the ability to press through and press on even in the worst of times.”
Orlean an award-winning author says of Rin Tin Tin. “He was one dog and many dogs, a real animal and an invented character, a pet as well as an international celebrity. He was born in 1918 and he never died.”
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