dfcdBorn in a quiet neighbourhood in Mexico, Rusty is the only female in a litter of five puppies. Unwanted, Rusty finds herself and her fatally-ill brother dumped at a garbage site. Struggling to survive at only six weeks old, Rusty finds herself befriending two dogs, Ayla and Lucky. Teaming up, they leave the garbage dump, trying desperately to find food, water and solace.

Fearing she’ll have to face the dangers and terrors of a world without an owner, Rusty luckily finds refuge with Lety, a woman who adopts Rusty in her time of need. With her friends disappearing, and a happy ending seemingly always out of reach, can Rusty overcome her tough start and find a place where she belongs?

Christine Duts was born in Germany, her father being an officer in the Belgian Armed Forces stationed in Germany. She grew up as a Belgian, and later went to London and then Los Cabos, Mexico, where she eventually settled. She is a teacher of World History and Literature at a private high school. Christine says that, although she loves teaching and loves her students, her passion is writing. She has been doing so since she learned how to write at the age of six, and still has the very first story she ever wrote, packed in a tattered suitcase; she has lost the key, and claims she will have to cut it open to get that story. When she’s not writing, Christine spends her time rescuing animals, and often has a variety of rescue animals in her house. Her dream is to run an animal sanctuary from her land in Los Cabos, and that her writing can support such a dream.

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