If you are a dog lover and love to read there is a new book out called Nobody Told Me My Legs Don’t Work. It was written by local author Travis Yates who works at Quincy University. The book captures the essence of an animal’s unflinching spirit and improbable recovery from a devastating injury. When a spinal stroke left his dog paralyzed, Travis Yates was told she would never walk again. He refused to accept the prognosis and instead searched for a miracle, immersing himself in a strange new world of handicapped “down dogs.”

The book chronicles nearly a year of rehab and the emotional and financial challenges that came with caring for a handicapped pet. The book highlights Yates’ work with Dr. Ava Frick, a pioneer in the field of animal rehabilitation, and provides tips for caring for a handicapped pet. The book deals "with the amazing things we can learn from our pets” according to Yates.

Nobody Told Me My Legs Don’t Work  is 174 pages and is published through Ingram Book Group and available in print and digital at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, Kobo, and other book sellers. The retail cost is $9.99 for print and $3.99 for digital.

Yates is an Associate Professor of Communication at Quincy University. He and his wife have spent two decades rescuing and re-homing animals. It is not the first book Yates has penned as he is also the author of A Latchkey Kid’s Take on Modern Cinema, a collection of essays and reviews that examines the works of more than 120 directors of contemporary and classic films.

For more information about Nobody Told Me My Legs Don’t Work, visit www.traviscyates.com, or contact Yates directly at yatestr@quincy.edu or 217-316-3379.