Will's Red Coat - Tom Ryan

Will's Red Coat

By Tom Ryan

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4.5
From 50 Ratings


Boston Globe Bestseller

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.

Will’s Red Coat includes eight pages of color photographs.


  • An Impactful Book

    By AttitudeforGratitude
    I love this book. I’ve read it more than once. I have highlighted parts that especially resonate with me. I refer back to it for inspiration and encouragement. Tom Ryan is an eloquent and passionate author.
  • A must read‼️

    By nancy m clark
    A book that I could not put down- incredible insight in to love & life-
  • Will’s Red Coat

    By Oldltv
    I’ve been a follower of Tom’s Facebook blog for years and only recently was able to finally read both books. Will’s Red Coat Had so much raw emotion in such a short time. I took away a little of Tom’s and Will’s wisdom that I will carry with me always. Thank you Tom for bearing your soul and sharing your story with us.
  • Will's Red Coat review

    By Savannahleeann
    I can't say enough what this book has done for me! I have volunteered for a golden retriever rescue for 12yrs and have fostered over 80 dogs in my home, living among my own 2 dogs and 2 cats. I have experienced SO many of the same issues and situations that Tom Ryan writes about in this book. I highly recommend this book to ALL animal lovers, but also to ALL human beings!