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'Good' author speaks on the game warden life

Oct 10, 2019
Roger Guay and Reba

Tenants Harbor — Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main St., welcomes author Roger Guay on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. to discuss his book “A Good Man with a Dog.” Guay is a 25-year veteran of the Maine Game Warden Service and a K9 handler.

Guay's career began with a kind warden helping him through the loss of his own father to a fishing accident, and a love of the outdoors. His book documents the watchful world of a warden — catching poachers, protecting pristine wilderness, the CSI-like reconstruction of deer- and moose-poaching scenes, and pulling more than 200 bodies from the Maine woods with the help of his longtime K9 partners. Reba, the brown lab, can find discarded weapons, ejected shells, hidden fish and missing people.

"A Good Man with a Dog" explores Guay’s life as he and his canine partners are exposed to increasingly terrible events, from tracking down hostile poachers to searching for victims of violent crimes, including a year-long search for the hidden graves of two babies buried by a Massachusetts cult. He witnessed firsthand FEMA’s mismanagement of the post-Katrina cleanup efforts in New Orleans, an experience that left him scarred and disheartened. But he found hope with the support of family and friends, and eventually returned to the woods he knew and loved from the days of his youth.

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