For anyone who has ever loved a dog (or even if you haven’t had the pleasure), you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet New York Times bestselling author and long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox at the La Jolla/Riford Library, as she discusses her heartfelt book, Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog will be available for purchase and signing at the event or preorder a copy below to be delivered to the event for signing.
Lynne Cox is an American long-distance open-water swimmer, motivational speaker, and author. Over the course of more than 35 years, spanning a period equal to 8 Olympic Games, Lynne accomplished swims setting world records and opening borders, contributed to medical research, supported environmental causes, and inspired people to overcome great obstacles.
She is best known for her swim across the Bering Strait from the United States to the Soviet Union on 7 August 1987. She twice held the overall record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel from England to France and has completed over 60 challenging swims around the world.
When Lynne saw a video of a Newfoundland dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning, she was transfixed by the rescue, and captivated by the magnificence, physicality, and daring of the dog.
Tales of Al is the moving, inspiring story of Lynne’s adventures on Italy’s picturesque Lake Idroscalo, as witness to the rigorous training of one of these spectacular dogs at SICS, the famed school that has taught hundreds of dog owners how to train their dogs—Newfoundlands, German shepherds, and golden retrievers—for this rescue operation. Lynne writes about coming to know the dog at the book’s center, Al herself, from puppyhood, an adorable but untrainable chocolate Newfoundland—about the dreams, expectations, disappointments, and vision of her trainer and about realizing the dog’s full potential; striving with all of her canine might to become an expertly trained, highly specialized water rescue dog.
Registration for this event is not required, as it is free and open to the public. More information is available through the La Jolla/Riford Library. Tickets below are to purchase a copy of Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog to be delivered at the event for signing.
With a unique connection to San Diego’s biotech industry, the La Jolla-Riford Library is believed to be the first in the country to feature a public biotech laboratory. The Bio Lab is part of an innovation space at the library that also includes 3D printers and a 50-person capacity classroom.
La Jolla-Riford Library opened in 1989, thanks to a generous land donation from Ms. Florence Riford. At 25,000 square feet, the library features a cozy fireplace, enclosed outdoor reading patio, spacious community room with a piano and art gallery, and the History Room which houses a comprehensive collection of La Jolla historical documents and newspaper archives.