McWitty Press

Just Gus
Just Gus

A Rescued Dog and the Woman He Loved

by Laurie Williams
Photos by Roslyn Banish
Introduction by Jean Donaldson,
     Director of The San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers


HE WAS A DOG WHO NEEDED A HOME. She was a woman who needed a dog. They both needed to be rescued from the difficult circumstances of their lives.

Gus was one of the lucky strays. Lost in New York City, he was hit by a truck and left for dead. Gus could have become one of the thousands of unwanted dogs euthanized each year. However, he was rescued by some good Samaritans and eventually entered the life of Stephanie Williams. He was the canine version of the “new” man. Not just a pretty face, Gus had sensitivity and soul.

Stephanie could identify with hardship. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, she was on medical leave and yearning for a companion. When she saw Gus’s big brown eyes, goofy grin—and broken body—she knew he was the one for her. She would give him a home; he would give her hope.

Laurie Williams, Stephanie’s sister, tells the story of Stephanie and Gus: their instant chemistry, romps in the park, and stand-by-me devotion. Roslyn Banish’s beautiful photographs not only retrace Gus’s odyssey from bare survival to security—they capture the extraordinary bond between human and dog. At times lighthearted, at times powerful, Just Gus is a love story.