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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: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

B.J. Taylor loves the 18 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.bjtayloronline.com.

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I highly recommend this book for all dog lovers.
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book, not just about the love for a rescue dog, but also about the love between a husband and a wife. Charlie Bear comes into B.J.'s life and, from that point on, everything is different. There's loss in this story, but there's also hope. I pray that Charlie Bear's story will convince someone to consider giving a shelter dog (or a stray) another chance to have a real home and a family that loves him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela E. Hunt on October 23, 2012
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As a fellow animal lover whose heart belongs to her dogs, I adored B.J. Taylor's story of Charlie Bear. If I had a dime for every time I've heard people say that rescue animals are the best because they're so grateful . . . well, it's true. One has only to spend a little time inside a set of narrow concrete walls to feel what these animals must feel when they are up for adoption . . . and, sadly, too many of them never make it to their forever home.

But Charlie Bear is a story of love and redemption, of three people who healed each other and enriched a home. BJ has written a story that will touch the heart of every man, woman, and child who has had the privilege of loving the animal God surely created to be our best friends.

Three cheers for Charlie Bear!
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on September 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
From the opening chapter of CHARLIE BEAR. WHAT A HEADSTRONG RESCUE DOG TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE, LOVE AND SECOND CHANCES, B.J. Taylor tugs on your heart. As she and her husband Roger fall in love with this rescue dog, you will be gripped with the pages to keep turning them and find out what happens next.

The rich storytelling make CHARLIE BEAR a winner. Here's one short example from page 202: "Through everything that happens in the last year, day in and day out, there is Charlie Bear, the obstinate, bullheaded, little monkey that somehow licks his way into our hearts. A lot happens in a year. Life changes. Love takes hold. And you think about your second chances."

Get this book today--and buy another one for a dog lover in your life. Then you can give your second copy as a much appreciated gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dandyande on May 9, 2012
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Charlie Bear, "the ultimate merrymaker," nuzzled his way into my heart, lifting my spirit -- Taylor compassionately shows how life's hurts can seriously stunt us and sometimes it takes a special little someone like a rescued dog, to remind us of the endless love we all possess. I loved this book, giggling and sniffling all the way through it! It's a must read and I'm recommending it to my family and friends.
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