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Auntie’s reading: Peety and Eric, who rescued whom?

Those of us who are interested in what's commonly referred to as self-help books — but particularly those who love dog stories — should have a good time at Auntie's Bookstore on Friday.

At 7 p.m., author Eric O'Grey will show up with his dog Jake to share tales of his book "Walking With Peety: The Dog Who Saved My Life." The event is a fund-raiser for the Spokane Humane Society.

O'Grey will tell how he was overweight, depressed and diabetic until he partnered up with Peety, a rescue dog who was also overweight. The two of them began sharing time, going on walks, eating healthier and — in the process of becoming fast friends — both changed their lives for the better.

Co-authored by O'Grey and Mark Dagostino, "Walking With Peety: The Dog Who Saved My Life" has been featured on National Public Radio, on the Today Show and other national media outlets.

True to the title of his book, O'Grey credits Peety for helping him find the road to recovery. As he told NPR, "He looked at me like I was the best person on the planet, and I wanted to become the person he thought I was."

Peety died in 2015. O'Grey, who lives in Boise, runs now with his black lab Jake (pictured above). The video below is a preview of the story O'Grey will share. Make sure you have some tissue handy before watching it.