Adam March had it all - a driven, ruthless, self-made millionaire living the life of an Enron executive complete with perfect socialite wife and teen princess daughter. Then he lost it all when he had what his psychiatrist called a “break.” He slapped his personal assistant, Sophie, right across the face when she left him a message that drove him to the brink of despair. It read – "Your sister called." The problem with that message was that, when Adam was five years old, his sister, Veronica left home, leaving him alone with his widowed Father, who shortly thereafter, placed him in foster care. After this episode, Adam was fired and taken to court by Sophie, where he is sentenced to perform community service at a men’s homeless shelter.
Sharing the spotlight with the protagonist is Chance, a scrappy pit bull mix, who is trying to escape the illegal dog fight circuit. Chance tells his own story in the book, describing with disturbing clarity the horrible mistreatment of dogs in the fighting pit, life on the street, and the dead end atmosphere of animal shelters.
Quite by chance (which is how the dog got his name), Adam and Chance find each other. Along with his work at the homeless shelter, Adam overcomes his past, finding peace and grounding through the unconditional love and loyalty of man’s best friend. One Good Dog is one nice combination of Breakfast at Sally’s, Marley and Me, and Old Yeller, a touching story that is well-written and memorable.