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Book Review: You had me at Woof

You Had me at Woof: How Dogs Taught me the Secrets of Happiness, by Julie Klam. Riverhead Books, 2010.

Klam (Please Excuse My Daughter) recounts the touching, often hilarious tales of life with Boston terriers. She adopts her first pet, Otto, after a “substantial” little dog “came slow-motion scampering through the high grass and wild daisies of [her] sleep.” With Otto, the then single Klam learned about compromise and sacrifice. Married and pregnant, the author adopts a little “doglet,” Beatrice, and distracted by a newborn, forgets to have the puppy spayed-resulting in a series of hilarious misadventures worth the price of the book. She continues to rescue, foster, and adopt dogs-spirited Hank, adored Moses, chubby Sherlock-each with his or her own special needs, idiosyncrasies, and “teachable moments” in trusting one’s instincts, achieving balance, helping others, finding contentment, loving fiercely, and letting go. This gem of a book is a gift to dog lovers everywhere. (Nov. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.)

Will be enjoyed more by those who do rescue work than the average reader, since so much of the book relates to rescue work and fostering. . .very good read!

Ellen L.


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