Love at First Bark

Love at First Bark

How Saving A Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself

Large Print - 2011
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A New York Times Bestselling Author, New York Times Bestselling Author of You Had Me at Woof -- Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth. Now she focuses on dog rescue and its healing power not only for the dogs who find good homes, but also for the people who bond with them. After years as an owner of purebred dogs, Klam became involved in rescue as a way to help and participate in a community. But she never imagined how much she would receive in return.
Publisher: Detroit, MI : Thorndike Press, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410443564
1410443566
Branch Call Number: 615.85158 KLA
Characteristics: 265 pages

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feyfriend
Feb 05, 2012

I've been reading about animals since I could read, I think. I love books that share the connection we can make with animals, a writer that can show me that through that connection they understand, they "get it" about what the animal may be feeling and going through. Julie Klam is not one of those writers. After finishing this little book I knew exactly what Julie was going through at every moment, whether she was wearing the proper shoes for the rescue she was doing, etc. and it just wasn't as interesting to me as what the dogs were feeling. The worst example of her obliviousness has to be when she and her husband were driving the pitbull they'd rescued one hot summer day, fed about a gallon of water to along with 3 cans of Alpo dog food (she admits knowing that wasn't good for him,) all the way to CT from NYC and never let it out once to relieve itself. Well o.k. they were enjoying this togetherness and patching holes in their foundering marriage, and I'm happy for that, but to not once consider the needs of the dog?! It floors me. Then I'm supposed to enjoy the humor about how long this poor animal urinates once it is allowed to when they arrive at the rescue woman's home. It says a lot about some pretty colossal insensitivity, and inadvertently also speaks volumes about how good the pitbull dog is, this is so typical of them to try so hard to do the right thing for people, even the clueless. I am truly grateful that they got him to a rescue though.

Overall, I kept waiting for something to click with me and this book, but it just never did for me. I've been thinking about it since I finished it. Is it maybe that she is primarily a comedic writer, that she never touches on those deeper levels of feeling? Can't be sure. I feel she is quite sincere in her commitment to animal rescue I just don't think she writes about it very well.

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coopmate
Nov 05, 2011

This is a great story, actually three vignettes of how animals or her work with animal rescue has helped or related to her family and life. The title draws you in and the 'tales' don't disappoint.
I'm anxious to read another book she's written.

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