My first instinct when I see a cute dog on the front cover of any book is to run like heck in the opposite direction. I really have too much baggage to handle a dying animal, which is usually what happens in these books. But I was reassured that this was a collection of stories that offered hope, so I tentatively poked my nose in.
I'd heard of Julie Klam through many reviews of her first book "You Had Me At Woof", which features an adorable, googy-eyed Boston Terrier on the front cover. In this book, Julie learns many life lessons, including the pursuit of happiness, from her dogs. I never got around to reading this book, but I can totally back her up on this theme.
So what is Julie up to now? All kinds of good.
Synopsis: Now married with a daughter and an apartment full of dogs, Julie shares three personal stories of dog rescue.
In the first story, Julie and her husband find a home for a pit bull that had been left chained to a light pole. In the process of their unified mission, they rediscover each other after years of going in opposite directions.
In My Darling Clementine, Julie agrees to foster a dog with an uncontrollable poopy problem, but with a sweet temperament. She learns that sometimes the ones that nobody else wants are the best pets, and that unconditional love goes both ways.
In the last story, There is a Dog House in New Orleans, Julie and her husband get involved in the rescue of a feral dog that had gotten a jar stuck on its head while they were there on vacation.
My thoughts: I am pleased to inform you I didn't cry once while reading this book! While Julie offers heart-breaking stories about dogs that have been abused or neglected, which is hard to stomach, she also negates the ugliness with all the kind souls that care for the unwanted (including herself).
Julie reminds us that there are lessons in every overwhelming challenge, hidden blessings waiting to help you see the bigger picture. Whether we are talking about animals, children, spouses, or life in general, opening your heart and giving of yourself can save your soul.
I also liked Julie's literary voice, which is very down-to-earth and casual. You can easily envision her as your next door neighbor or colleague at work (one with a huge heart of gold). Plus, she isn't some crazy dog lady (she might admit to that though!)...she is gorgeous, she is honest, and is even hip to using social media like Twitter and Facebook to get the word about about dogs in need. The world could use more Julie Klams.
Now I want a dog. Again.
4 out of 5 stars