Episode 97—The Step Towards Joy—featuring Kathy Callahan, author of 101 Rescue Puppies: One Family’s Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust

I can testify that a human mind, my human mind, needs a reprieve from the battering inflicted by news cycles choked with fires, storms, politics, and pandemics.

Recently, my break came at me sideways in form of the lovely little book, “101 Rescue Puppies: One Family’s Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust” by Kathy Callahan.


What I was expecting was a quick read about the world of animal rescue work and fostering, but what I got was a shot joy right to the heart, a serum for the gloomy settling mood I could feel draping all over me.


In this conversation with Kathy I discover that her road to animal fostering didn’t come from some lifelong adoration of animals, but rather is developed over time, growing into other parts of her life and the lives of those she encountered through her good work.


Her much needed message, which arrived in the form of perpetual puppy love, is that a human doesn’t have to wait for the perfect circumstances or training to arrive before they step toward joy.



Over the past decade, Kathy Callahan’s family has taken in more than a hundred rescue puppies. This delightful photo-filled book features the wonderful stories that emerged as these foster pups were suddenly surrounded by a nurturing family complete with patient adult dogs and curious cats. With a gift for capturing the moment in both words and images, Callahan brings readers inside the poignant and ultimately uplifting work of fostering. This inspiring read is indeed about puppies, but it’s also about family and human connection. It’s about finding your own way — through that one special thing you can do to light a candle, instead of cursing the darkness.



Kathy Callahan is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) living in Alexandria, Virginia. She loves to coach people and their puppies into a great pack life. Her family has fostered 175-and-counting rescue puppies amid their own furry pack.

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