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While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Riley’s presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. What didn’t come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Riley’s destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. For much of Zak’s childhood, he was at the bottom of a veritable canyon himself—a canyon whose imprisoning depth and darkness was created by bullies who just wouldn’t quit and parents who weren’t capable of love.

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Zachary Anderegg

Born & raised in Wisconsin. Joined the Marines at age 17. Honorably served four years receiving two Navy Achievement medals for personal performance. Lived in Newport, RI as well as St. Thomas, USVI after leaving the Marines. Owned & operated a yacht brokerage in Dana Point, CA with his wife from 2002-2009. Owned & operated a self-serve auto repair shop that he started from 2009-2012. Found a dying puppy in the bottom of a slot canyon on June 20, 2010 and was featured on the Today Show, Inside Edition & the Ellen show. Three years later had a book published. Life is a crazy journey!!!

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