I have to tell you, when this book was first mentioned to me, I wasn’t sure what it was going to be about.
I’m not really into yoga type stuff or zen or all that jazz, but I am into dogs so I figured it couldn’t hurt to give this book a whirl and see what happened.
About the Book:
When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves.
Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”
I loved it from the beginning. I can’t explain it other than I am a dog lover. I have my dog, Jessie, who I adore. I have had a total of 5 dogs in my entire lifetime – which is saying a lot considering I have had a fear of dogs for most of my life. But Jessie and I connect differently and I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much.
I could relate to the different dogs and the different stories each one came with. I could laugh at some of the parts and know exactly what was being talked about. I could feel upset when something happened to one of the dogs.
I promise you that if you are a dog lover, you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
About the Author:
Barbara grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women’s college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Meeting her husband in Washington, DC, they continued together on a journey as self-proclaimed dog addicts. In the ensuing years, she founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.
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