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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158005370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this beautifully written story of a woman in transition, Carol Quinn embarks on a journey of self-discovery and imparts hard-won life lessons with insight and humor." - Bas Bleu

Any experienced dog trainer-especially the ones who teach the beginner and puppy classes-will tell you that the real secret of teaching dog obedience classes lies in training the owners.
Although this concept lies at the heart of Carol Quinn's Follow My Lead, don't think for a minute that the book is just about that. The simple-sounding premise (woman at a crossroads in her personal life takes up training her dogs and learns some valuable lessons in the process) unfolds into a love letter to the human/animal bond that's multi-layered, funny, sad, and philosophical.-Shaggy Dog Stories 


"Follow My Lead is so much more than a book about dog training—it’s a book about life and all the glorious ways in which we can learn from our interactions with our best friends. Through melding the stories of training her two spunky Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the agility ring with tales from her everyday life, author Carol Quinn delivers a compelling narrative that evidences the transformational power of the bond between a human and their canine companions. Taking a step back to see what dogs can teach us about our own lives opens the door to truly fulfilling a happy existence, and Quinn’s reminder couldn’t be timelier in our connected world."—LIFE + DOG Magazine

"[T]his uplifting memoir encourages reflection and goal–setting, all within the ever–popular narrative framework of the human–dog bond."—Kirkus Reviews

“Two Rhodesian ridgebacks rescue the Venice–based writer from a midlife funk in this warm–hearted confirmation of what most pet owners already know: Dogs really are man’s—or woman’s—best friend.”—Los Angeles Magazinex

“Quinn’s conversational tone, evident affection for her dogs, and willingness to examine her mistakes endear her as a narrator…”—Publisher's Weekly

From the Author

"My heart goes out to every man and woman who has walked away from the
wrong thing without a clear picture of where to go next. My advice? Get a dog." Carol Quinn

More About the Author

Author Carol Quinn is a partner with MeekerQuinn, a communications, marketing and branding consultancy supporting growth and innovation for both established and emerging companies. She is an Adjunct Professor at USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. Carol has written for film and television, and is the co-creator/author of the graphic novel series Pink Flamingos, the creator of the YA book series Palm Beach Prep, and the author of a new novel, Under the Ether. She has two sons and lives in Southern California.

Find Carol on Facebook.com/FollowMyLeadBook


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GO READ THIS BOOK and I hope you like it as much as I did.
Kimber143
The lessons you can take away about life, love, inter-acting with loved ones, and the way we approach life situations is all priceless.
Tommy G
Author Carol Quinn takes you through a journey of her life, with moments that are inspiring, funny, heartfealt and honest.
Beth

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy G on August 4, 2011
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This is an excellent read for any dog lover, dog owner, and even people who never owned dogs. The lessons you can take away about life, love, inter-acting with loved ones, and the way we approach life situations is all priceless. The way Carol relays her experiences training the dogs and what she began to learn about her life are valuable as well as honest accounts.

Her honesty is the most refreshing part of the experience. Whether she was right or wrong in any given situation, we can all relate to it. From the relationship with the dogs to the relationship with the dog trainer, everything connected to her own personal relationships.

I don't think you could find anyone that wouldn't take something away from reading through the various lessons and trials.

I would urge you to purchase the book, add it to your kindles, iPads, etc. It will be a reference point for all sorts of life experiences.

It is like having coffee and great conversation with a friend!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Granny6 on July 31, 2011
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A deeply moving, beautifully written story of a woman in transition and how her dogs help her to frame her own struggles. The Ridgebacks are fully realized characters (who can forget Sheila's neuroses or Nairobi's goofy sense of humor?) in this compelling story, as are the humans who inhabit and complicate Quinn's world. I learned a lot about dogs and agility training as well as resolving difficult relationships, and am still rereading and underlining passages that speak to my own life. I'm guessing that every woman or man who reads this book will also find important guidance. A delightful mix of self-help, romantic adventure, dog training advice and memoir, the book has something for almost everyone. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HennArtOnline on August 2, 2011
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I found a gift...in this book...

It is complex yet simple...and it leaves a mark deep in the annals of your heart and soul! And if you love life and animals...and you believe in "can't live without you" love...the mark left is intensified and unforgettable!

But the best review is yet to come...from you...for the words you will read will embed in your heart...and you will find your own insistence to share what you'll receive from "Follow My Lead!"

Cuddle up and happy reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By redpencil on July 29, 2011
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In this heartfelt memoir filled with wisdom, humor and love, author Carol Quinn takes the reader on her journey of self-discovery, and along the way imparts hard-won life lessons with sensitivity, wit and feeling. Reeling professionally from the economic downturn, and immersed in a rocky but compelling relationship with her on-again, off-again fiance Henry, Quinn seeks another path, a new approach to life that will lead her to happiness and self-fulfillment. She finds it, unexpectedly, in the figures of her two high-spirited, fun-loving and totally delightful Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Nairobi and Sheila. Quinn enrolls the dogs in an agility training class--a sport that demands discipline and precision, but also recognizes the spontaneous, joyful nature of dogs and channels it into a beautiful, synchronized dance with their human handlers. (As a side note, the book's clear and informative descriptions of dog agility training and the resource information provided is essential for anyone interested in this fascinating sport.) On the field Quinn meets Irina, a world-class dog agility trainer--part zen master, part taskmaster--who deeply understands the ways of both dogs and humans. Quinn's friendship with Irina evolves through moments that are sometimes stormy, sometimes tender, but always illuminating. In time, the relationship with Henry is brought dramatically to a head by a life-changing event. Still, Quinn manages to navigate the passages of her life (and those of her beloved Ridgebacks), keeping her mind and heart open. In observing how her dogs can be trained both to follow and restrain their natural instincts, Quinn discovers how to trust and lead with her own, with surprising and positive results.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RhodesianLove on July 28, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. Carol Quinn have a unique voice in this book. I was really able to engulf myself in her story because I can relate to some of the struggles that she has gone through and I to have found a savior in my dogs. I highly recommond this book to those finding a way to deal with love struggles, life struggles or struggles finding onself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angus 4 on August 15, 2011
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Follow My Lead is an exceptionally good story about a woman's personal growth through her relationship with her beloved dogs. I found it fascinating how Carol, the author, used the agility training to apply the skills she was teaching her dogs to navigate her own life more successfully. The book is funny, touching, and full of tips on how to organize one's day and subsequently one's life. It was very inspiring for me to read how Carol learns to stand up for herself, feel comfortable with herself, and extract herself from a negative relationship. Buy this book and share it with your friends! I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GreatIsland on September 16, 2011
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One woman's story of self-discovery. I laughed, I cried...definite criteria for any book to be considered a great read. It's all too easy to relate to Carol's struggle as she navigates through her relationships...with her fiance, her task-master mentor & most of all her dogs! You feel yourself cheering her on, empathising when she's vulnerable, excited when she's victorious & backing her up when she stands her ground. The Author is so honest & open that by the end of this book, you'll feel as if you have a new best Friend.
Highly recommend this one!!
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