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Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances Paperback – April 11, 2012
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B.J. Taylor loves the 19.5 lb. furbaby that joined her life in 2010. She has written the true story of CHARLIE BEAR: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love and Second Chances. You can read about Charlie Bear on B.J.'s dog blog here: www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com. B.J. also writes other dog-lit stories. She lives in California with her husband and scruffy Charlie Bear and enjoys walking, swimming, golf, and traveling.
B.J. is an award-winning author with publication credits in John Gray's Mars and Venus in Love, more than three dozen stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, feature articles in Writer's Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and others. She is a Guideposts special correspondent/writer and is a speaker at numerous conferences. Visit her website at www.bjtaylor.com.
Top Customer Reviews
In this 200-page soft cover, Taylor lays out the year-long struggle she and her husband Roger went through in taking in and accepting Charlie Bear, annoying bad behaviors and all. Through their persistence, patience, and love, they win Charlie over--but only little by little, day by day. And there are setbacks, many and discouraging. The beauty is, little by little, we see Charlie win them over, changing them for the better as well.
As Taylor weaves her story of Charlie Bear's growth and maturation, she also skillfully works in other situations in their lives: her mother's illness, Roger's struggles in giving up a lifelong smoking habit, family tensions... Simply having Charlie Bear in their lives does not necessarily improve these situations, but their struggles with the new dog do shine a light on their bigger problems, giving them perspective and hope for the future.
We learn that Taylor and her husband have lost other beloved pets before adopting Charlie Bear, and their deep grief makes them leery because another pet can mean another unbearable loss. But Charlie was never meant to be a replacement for their earlier pets; the Taylors understand all too well that pets are not interchangeable and no new pet can simply substitute for a loved one that has gone before.
No, at first B. J. and Roger take Charlie Bear in large part because they fear that no one else will, that Charlie Bear might otherwise end up in some "permanent pound"--or worse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
B.J. Taylor did an amazing job telling Charlie Bear's story. It was an accurate depiction of life with a rescue. You couldn't help but fall in love with him. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ed
The tale of little Charlie Bear was a fascinating read. Charlie Bear needed help and a home. The family that was chosen to rescue him in such a loving way could not have been a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol Ibers
Great Packed little Book!!!! Charlie Bear is a cute little difficult handful! BJ writes beautifully as you feel her walking through life adjusting to Charlie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dee Aspìn
I just want to say I really loved the Book!!!! I did not want it to end. I love books that you pick up and start to read and by the first page you are into it, and don't want to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kathleen Dalheim
B.J. Taylor's writing touched my heart in the deepest places. Her writing is so descriptive and pulled me right into the story. She is a talented and gifted writer. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeanne Pallos
I did like the book. B.J. Taylor has a lot of patience and I'm so happy Charlie Bear got a good home. I passed the book on so someone else can enjoy the story.Published 18 months ago by sara sara