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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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About the Author

B.J. TAYLOR has contributed more than thirty inspirational stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also writes for Guideposts magazine and Angels on Earth. B.J. lives in Southern California with her husband and rescue dog, Charlie Bear. Visit her online at www.bjtayloronline.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: InspiringVoices (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462401163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462401161
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To sign up for B.J.'s "Taylor's Tips for a more productive you..." go to www.bjtaylor.com and look for the sign-up box on the right side of the screen. An unobtrusive once-a-month email will be sent to you (and your address will never be shared with anyone else). Along with the P MS to a T book, Taylor's Tips is extremely helpful to writers.

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Frankel on April 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
As someone who has been 'mom' to two rescued dogs, I approached this book with curiosity and to be honest, a bit of skepticism. Would the author be honest about the 'see-saw' of emotions adoptive owners go through? The many "did I make a mistake" moments? Would she understand that, over time, it is the "peeps" (as Charlie Bear likes to say) who have been rescued, as much as our animals? B.J. Taylor managed to convey these truths and many more, while taking us on an engaging and tear jerking ride. I felt as though I was on the ride with her and Roger as they embraced their newest love and grieved their departed (and soon to be departed) loves. I never expected the story of a challenging rescue dog to be so multifaceted but Ms. Taylor exceeded my expectations as she told the story about Charlie Bear's impact on an entire family. This should be on every animal lover's 'must have' list when they are wondering what to read next and it is a 'no brainer' choice when looking for a great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pa Writer on September 10, 2012
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We love our pets. This can hardly be better illustrated than by B. J. Taylor's heartwarming--and heart-rending--true tale of Charlie Bear, a problematic "rescue dog" that other, less dedicated would-be pet owners most likely could not have tolerated.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2012
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I followed BJ's blog about Charlie Bear from the beginning since I had adopted a rescue dog, Jake, the same month. Luckily, I didn't face near the behavior problems BJ did, but I found myself looking forward to each new installment about Charlie Bear's life and his adjustment to his new home. When I found out that BJ was writing a book about their first year together, I couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed. It is a heartwarming and touching story about the little dog that needed so much patience and love, as well as the emotional roller coaster the writer was living on during Charlie's first year with her. I had been aware, again through BJ's blog, when their older dog Rex had died, but she went into her relationship with him and his last year in much greater detail in the book. If you have ever loved and lost a pet, you will need that box of tissues here. I am not ashamed to say that I cried as if it were my own dog. I still read BJ's blog regularly and look forward to reading about each new adventure in Charlie's life. BJ writes with humor, compassion and a love for animals that will appeal to anyone who has ever been owned by and loved by one of God's four legged creatures. A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara on October 24, 2012
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I loved this book and couldn't put it down (even though I knew the ending). Charlie Bear had been in my home more than four months as a foster. I had expected him back after the two week probation because of his many issues, but obviously there was far greater commitment on the part of B.J. and Roger. Taylor was very brave to share honestly about the feelings that filled their household when they adopted this rescue dog, and I loved being reminded of all of Charlie Bear's antics through B.J.'s ability to share those so well and I could, once again, see Charlie Bear in his glory moments. I laughed so hard at her comment, "Thank goodness you are so cute." I said that many a time when Charlie lived here. Thankfully, B.J. and Roger saw through his fears and attitudes and saw the special things that make him Charlie Bear. After recently finding a wonderful home for Sam the Man, a foster taken on after Charlie Bear, I'm once again ready for a new dog to join our household. Lots of love, patience, and training helped both Sam and Charlie to find good, loving homes. As Taylor is fond of saying and I agree: rescue dogs do indeed make great family pets.
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