Greg Mahle drives more than 8,000 miles every month transporting lost, neglected and abandoned dogs to new “forever” homes. His remarkable story is at the center of Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015).
Every other Monday he kisses his wife Adella goodbye on the door step of their Zanesville, Ohio home and heads to the Gulf Coast where dogs rescued from high-kill shelters, saved from city streets and even pulled out of dumpsters along rural roads are about to get a second chance at love. It’s Mahle’s job, on these bi-monthly runs, to get them safely to waiting families in the northeast.
Over the past ten years Mahle has driven more than a million miles and brought more than 30,000 dogs to safety, changing the lives of these loving dogs and their new families forever.
Mahle’s big rig (he can transport as many as 80 dogs on each trip) runs on diesel fuel, but Mahle and his back-up driver Tommy, run on sandwiches and other goodies Adella prepares for each trip. It’s a truck driver’s diet for sure, comfort food not health food, but Adella’s bacon brownies, one of his favorites, are a sweet taste of home and help pass the miles during Greg’s long and physically demanding Rescue Road Trips. This recipe evolved with Greg’s help: he used to run a small group of family restaurants in Zanesville and, according to Adella, is the “real cook” in the family.