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Finally Home: Lessons on Life from a Free-Spirited Dog (The Buddy Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Parker
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Book Description

Do you love books about dogs? Finally Home: Lessons on Life from a Free-Spirited Dog is a book about a dog named Buddy, a golden retriever who touches the lives of everybody he meets. The heartwarming, true story of an excessively mischievous dog that had been shuffled from owner to owner since no one could control his crazy behavior. He was on his way to meet his fate at the local shelter when a mere coincidence connected him with his current owners. While he no longer had to switch homes, the hilarious acts he committed, from ingesting bottle caps to barging into a stranger's house, caused his current owners to almost reconsider their decision.

Buddy was a dog that no one wanted, yet he became one of the quirkiest, friendliest, smartest and most cherished of dogs. The reader is not only drawn into the book, but learns from the unfortunate mistakes of others and how to think outside of the proverbial box. It gives the reader hope that if they are going through a similar ordeal, they can also successfully overcome any related obstacle.

If you are looking for a great gift for both dog lovers and even non-dog lovers, this book is perfect.

*A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to an animal rescue group.*


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Dear Readers,
I've had people tell me that they don't read dog stories, as they get too emotional at the end. I was happy to report that at the time when I wrote Finally Home, Buddy was sitting right next to me. I wanted Finally Home to be the first of its kind in that respect, and it was, as far as I know.
It didn't have a sad ending. Like so many readers, I don't like sad endings either. Buddy was there with me the moment I started typing away and there the moment I received my first proof in the mail, and published my book. I had his paw print to autograph my first copy.
My goal in writing that book was twofold, or perhaps, threefold. Primarily, he had so many quirks, I knew his story would make people smile-especially those who have owned a dog as rambunctious as Buddy. Secondly, I wanted to donate a portion of the profits to animal rescue. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, I wanted to correct the misconception that shelter dogs or rescue dogs are less adequate than dogs bought from a puppy store or breeder.
I think I accomplished that. Although Buddy was a handful when we adopted him, we learned from him, he learned from us, and together, we created a soulful bond that formed our family.
Life is all about learning lessons. The first time you try anything on your own, it's a blessing if you succeed. Training Buddy was no different. At first, we thought we'd get our answers out of a training manual, so we read several. If I could think back far enough, I'd bet that Buddy probably chewed through them anyway. No, it's safe to say our lessons were ones that couldn't be learned from a book. They couldn't be learned from any particular trainer. They had to be learned by looking directly at the source, seeing the gentle giant for who he was, realizing that Buddy was an individual with a big heart and his own agenda. Once we understood that, we understood Buddy.
As many dog owners will tell you, each dog has its own unique personality. Specific rules don't apply to all.
I feel that if just one dog gets saved, then all of the hard work was worth it. After all, you can't put a price tag on a life.
Like I said earlier, life is all about learning lessons. Why not learn them from a free-spirited dog?
Thanks for reading.
Please also visit elizabethparker.webs.com
Thank you,
Elizabeth

About the Author

Elizabeth was born and raised in New York and it is there where she started her career in writing, (while actually working in the technical field), fifteen years ago.  Part of her job description included the creation of technical manuals and teaching others the fine art of using a computer. 
During that time, she realized that she enjoyed the writing and creative portion of her job function more than any other aspect.
Since then, she has been writing a variety of genres, including memoirs, short stories and horror.
As an avid dog lover, she spends a great deal of time volunteering for dog rescue organizations and is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of "Finally Home" to a foundation that helps abandoned dogs find their forever homes.
Elizabeth's dogs have always been one of her top priorities and they are also one of her inspirations for wanting to write on a full-time basis.  "I can't think of a better way to work than to have your dogs as co-workers!"
Elizabeth lives in Las Vegas, NV with her wonderful husband, their three dogs and the wonderful memories of their golden retriever, Buddy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1934 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490995900
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Parker; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ARTLRI
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a dog lovers story. August 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
What's not to like about golden retrievers? They're beautiful, friendly and obedient. Well, at least most of them are. Then there's Buddy. Buddy is, well, a little different. He's on his own schedule, his own march through life, and in his own world.

FINALLY HOME is the story of a rescued dog, or maybe more aptly, a rescued family. So often we see dogs as being "rescued" from being put down, but sometimes, the dog rescues the family and gives them strength and purpose and I had the feeling reading this book that Buddy did some amount of that.

This is the story of a dog that is no doubt a handful. I was very surprised by this. Every golden retriever I have ever met seemed to have a personal stash of Quaalude somewhere, so I was shocked when Buddy comes across the pages as a personal tornado. What appears to be madness however, may just be youthful enthusiasm for life and above average intelligence, only Buddy knows for certain.

This book is only about 140 pages and is a quick read and would really suit a long plane flight to take ones mind off of the flight. It is NOT a how-to book about dog training, and some of the situations that arise make one wonder what the owners were thinking?

Possible reading audiences for FINALLY HOME would be anyone considering a rescue animal, those considering a rambunctious animal and those that just love dogs regardless the dog's state of mind (or the prospective owner's).

Many of my dog-owner friends can't bear to read books about dogs because they can't bring themselves to read the part where the dog passes away at the end, such as MARLEY AND ME, for example. This is a bit of a book spoiler here, and don't read on if you don't want to know, but Buddy is still alive and kicking at the end of this book.

Get a copy of FINALLY HOME and enjoy the story. I did.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the story? March 13, 2012
By JAG
Format:Kindle Edition
I am half way thru this book and wonder what the story is, other than these people got a dog they couldn't handle and didn't know squat about training. The 'antics' of the dog are just an outcome of a poorly trained dog. Some of the author's writing seems to be 'advice' on how dogs behave and she attempts to project herself as an expert. However, I am dumbfounded when they shop in pet stores for a new puppy! Has she never heard of puppy mills? Has she not understood on all the thousands of books out there that you can't change a genetically defective dog?

I may finish the book but really, it is just a ramble of what their dog did, a poor attempt to copy Marley and Me. There is no connection between the reader and the people in the story, no emotional ties. No wonder it was free.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written Book July 30, 2012
By RK
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with all of the 1 star reviews. I love dogs, I love short stories, magazine articles, and books about dogs, but I couldn't finish this book. It is boring, repetitive, and very poorly organized book. Not everyone that has a dog (or loves dogs) can be a writer. We all have great stories about our four legged companions, and Elizabeth Parker's stories were cute and sweet, but she didn't succeed in turning these stories into an interesting book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a dog lovers story. March 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What's not to like about golden retrievers? They're beautiful, friendly and obedient. Well, at least most of them are. Then there's Buddy. Buddy is, well, a little different. He's on his own schedule, his own march through life, and in his own world.

FINALLY HOME is the story of a rescued dog, or maybe more aptly, a rescued family. So often we see dogs as being "rescued" from being put down, but sometimes, the dog rescues the family and gives them strength and purpose and I had the feeling reading this book that Buddy did some amount of that.

This is the story of a dog that is no doubt a handful. I was very surprised by this. Every golden retriever I have ever met seemed to have a personal stash of Quaalude somewhere, so I was shocked when Buddy comes across the pages as a personal tornado. What appears to be madness however, may just be youthful enthusiasm for life and above average intelligence, only Buddy knows for certain.

This book is only about 140 pages and is a quick read and would really suit a long plane flight to take ones mind off of the flight. It is NOT a how-to book about dog training, and some of the situations that arise make one wonder what the owners were thinking?

Possible reading audiences for FINALLY HOME would be anyone considering a rescue animal, those considering a rambunctious animal and those that just love dogs regardless the dog's state of mind (or the prospective owner's).

Many of my dog-owner friends can't bear to read books about dogs because they can't bring themselves to read the part where the dog passes away at the end, such as MARLEY AND ME, for example. This is a bit of a book spoiler here, and don't read on if you don't want to know, but Buddy is still alive and kicking at the end of this book.

Get a copy of FINALLY HOME and enjoy the story. I did.

Dennis "K1" Blanchard
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! January 24, 2012
By CL
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm so glad this book got such good reviews. I got it because it came up on my Recommended Books list and the description reminded me so much of one of my dogs, who is a true free spirit!

I am a major dog lover, and this book hit me right where I live! I laughed and I cried, sometimes at the same time. Buddy was such a fun dog, and it really hurt my heart that his previous owners didn't find the time that he needed for his exorbitant energy levels, but it was so wonderfully refreshing that he found just the family he needed in Michael and Elizabeth. It was obvious that they loved him so dearly and accepted his idiosyncrasies with absolute affection and grace.

I thought it was a beautifully told story, straight from the heart of someone who has truly known the love and blessing that a dog can bring to their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love dogs and this is a great true story.
Published 2 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read! If ya love dogs and especially GOLDENS, ya gotta read this story.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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GREAT PRICE, FAST SHIP
Published 2 months ago by C. Bergthold
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny, good reading!
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars I could relate to this story.
Giving a dog a second chance can be so rewarding. Especially when he's a tough dog to take. Buddy was just like my Brody. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leslie-Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars a book for all who are blessed with the love of a dog.
Finally home. A treat for all who have a dog in their lives a must read for all so blessed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lab's antics
I thoroughly enjoyed this book -------the lab's antics and the humorous descriptions by the author. At times I felt like those dogs were in my living room with me.
Published 3 months ago by Jackie Kerekes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all
dog lovers are going to love this book. It makes me know that I am not alone in my learned unconditional love for my dogs. I hope that I am half the person my dog thinks I am.
Published 4 months ago by Robin Hanlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing book. The next book is probably going to be sad, because of the title. I want to read it though
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars well written experiences with a precocious animal
This was a good book, tho not quite what I expected. While that is not meant to be detrimental, i guess the best way to interpret for you the overall impression is that it is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bett Sisco
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More About the Author

"Raising awareness about dog adoption and rescue, one book at a time!"

I live in Las Vegas, NV with my husband and two retrievers. I had written my first book about dogs, Finally Home in the early part of 2010. Throughout my years of living with Buddy, our golden retriever, I always wanted to get his stories down on paper. They were just too comical to keep to myself. If you're reading this, then you might as well know, I am a die-hard dog lover and they are my inspiration for writing. Though not all of my books are for dog-lovers, most do have a dog making an appearance now and then. I enjoy writing about their antics and incorporate them in a few of my thrillers. In addition, I donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book to various animal rescue groups. Since 2010, I've written twelve books consisting of six books about dogs, one inspirational book of quotes and five thrillers.

You may notice that I have a very dark mind and an equally off-beat and witty sense of humor. Sometimes you'll find it revealed in my books. Hope you enjoy them and many thanks for stopping by.

Please join me on www.elizabethparker.webs.com, or on facebook at www.facebook.com/goldenbooks1, www.facebook.com/thrillerbooks1 and Twitter at www.twitter.com/golden_books and view my blogs at http://epbooks.hubpages.com. See you there!

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