The Dogs Were Rescued (And so was I) -Teresa J. Rhyne ****
Theresa found the strength to battle cancer through the perseverance of her dog, Seamus who waged his own war and won. Sadly, Seamus is diagnosed with yet a second kind of cancer and it is through her journey to save him that she embarks (pun intended) upon a healthy lifestyle for her family. Little does she know her intentions to live healthier will lead to sleepless nights, nightmares and anxiety that sends her reeling into a relapse scare.
This is a tremendous read for anyone interested in animal rescue and the crazy minds of us animal loving fanatics. It is not for the easily queasy as some pretty gruesome details of current day slaughtering methods are described. If you decide to give this book a whirl, you just might find yourself rethinking that juicy steak for dinner and tossing all your make-up into the trash.
http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/cruelty_free - Beagle Freedom Project
http://www.leapingbunny.org/indexcus.php - App to be downloaded to see if certain brands still use animal testing.
A Dog's Purpose - W. Bruce Cameron *****
This book was lent to me by my best friend and fellow fur advocate, Jen and touched me in ways not many books have.
Bailey experiences life as a stray, a beloved family pet, a search and rescue dog and finally he finds himself back in the loving home of Ethan, where he is meant, and always was, meant to be.
A Dog's Purpose is told from the view of Bailey as he describes his opinions of cats and their uselessness in the world as well as his journey to becoming a good dog. You'll laugh, cry and rejoice as you follow Bailey through his many journeys as he is born and reborn.
I won't say too much more as I don't want to give too much away but this is definitely a book worth reading.
You'll want at least a package of Kleenex for this one.
Hit by a Flying Wolf- Nicole Wilde ****
Reading books like this one always bring me solace. Sitting in a quiet place, alone and the occasional thought of “am I insane for treating and thinking of my pets as family members?” “ Does Milo REALLY need a $60 dog bed?” pop into your mind. To know that I am not the only crazed animal fanatic out there is a HUGE relief! Books like Hit by a Flying Wolf remind me that I am not alone and my feelings and experiences only mean I have a real, properly functioning, human heart. Nicole’s compassion and willingness to be patient with her rescues is admirable.
Nicole is the type of author that can eloquently and effectively write in a manner that makes you feel as though you are having a one on one conversation with her. You share in her laughter, her tears and ride the roller coaster of emotions as she tells the stories of her personal adventures in wolf and dog rescue. Highly recommend reading this book if you are at all interested in animal rescue, you won’t regret it.
An Unexpected Grace- Kristin Von Kreisler ****
An Unexpected Grace is one of those books that I picked up on a whim and in a time crunch as the hubby was waiting for me in the car, places to go and things to do! We were on vacation in Hershey, PA and I had read the three books I brought along on the car ride down and during his first 6 games of tournament bowling. I grabbed An Unexpected Grace and one other book and headed for the register after only glimpsing over the back cover. I must have a good instinct when it comes to rushed selection because I loved this book.
Grace is a previously abused Golden Retriever rescued (or rather stolen from her torture tether) by a concerned neighbor and brought into rescue where she ends up under the care of Lila, a dog fearful individual who recently survived a rampage shooting in her office building. Grace senses Lila's lack of interest and heightened fear and remains distant...at first.
Lila and Grace travel the road of recovery together and ultimately have each other to thank for their progress. Grace's soulful, pleading eyes are enough to pull Lila from a world of fear and hesitation and embrace her in the love and companionship of Grace, never feeling truly alone again.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
P.S. No one, human nor fur human, pass away in this book so it's an even better read for us animal lovers!
You had me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness -Julie Klam ****
Every dog lover has that one dog that changes their world and makes their life just that much brighter, a soul dog if you will. For Julie that dog was a goofy Boston Terrier named Otto.
You Had Me at Woof will open your eyes and more importantly your heart, to the trails and tribulations that not only plague rescue dogs all over the world, but you will also become privy to the adventures and mishaps of being the person to step in and pick up the pieces. There's talk of poop, farting and all that comes along with owning or fostering multiple dogs. You'll definitely find yourself chuckling or truly "lol"-ing.
If you read books in search of a profound writing style with exemplary writing skills, this is not the book for you. If you read books for the emotion they can evoke or the joy of experiencing another point of view through the ups and downs of a unique journey, then I HIGHLY recommend You Had Me at Woof.
Other books by Julie Klem
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
Books Read in 2020
*The Tattooist of Auschwitz