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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432754599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432754594
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Chantelle Hildreth's background as an attorney and also as a professor of art history may be one of the reasons she is able to make this book work so well. Quite simply, it is the story of a relationship between a dog and owner and as such it may just put off readers as a self-indulgent memoir. But stop there. This book is anything BUT a narcissistic memoir - Hildreth is far too fine a writer for that. Yes, this book is filled with photos of her beloved Boris, and yes we are treated to the highs, the humors and the strong bonding between Hildreth and Boris. But this reader began to see the implications of this story being a means of studying relationships in general. In allowing us to becoming very familiar with Hildreth as a person and then transferring that information to her bonding with Boris the author offers a sound book about interpersonal relationships, coping with loss, and the process of growing with every experience that comes our way.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME DOG, MY BORISANGEL will most assuredly appeal to dog lovers of every kind, but it is also a fine book for those of us who no longer have a dog for one reason or another, allowing all those wondrous memories to surge forth again. And there is a lot to recommend going there - courtesy of both Hildreth and Boris! Grady Harp, January 11
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I laughed and cried through this wonderful love story about a woman and her dog. A skillfully woven memoir - the deep connection between these two beings is the thread that pulls us from chapter to chapter of a woman's life. This story is rich, beautiful and entertaining. Be sure to read the chapter about the rats!
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This story is an excellently told one written by a woman who adores her large "sight hounds" as they are known by. They are Russian wolfhound's or, as Chantelle's preference for calling them "Borzoi" that quickly became her favorite pet once she saw one. The ultra beauty and grace of these huge dogs overtook her life and all she would have on her mind until she decided to obtain one was the "sooner rather than later" that would bring this dog into her home and life. When most of us have a pet or more, we generally love the animal and show our affection by petting, hugging, playing with it in various ways, walking it, feeding it, trying to have it get enough exercise, and maybe an occasional kiss. We usually, if it is a dog or cat, allow it to sleep in the same rooms as us and maybe even in our own bed. We do all we can to keep it healthy by watching its diet, taking it to a veterinarian when it doesn't seem to be acting in the right way and Chantelle did all of these. Chantelle had several other dogs in her life as she grew up and became an animal lover, mostly loving dogs.

After searching animal shelters and breeders, "Boris" fell into Chantelle's life. He was born in 1995 and was 13 months old when she brought him home. Boris was a very active 146-pound dog and seemed to be as affectionate of Chantelle as she was of him. Some logistics had to be reconfigured for the big boy to sleep and run around, as he loved to do. During the time that Chantelle had Boris she also had a boyfriend who she married shortly, a very active mother and father who shared her love for large dogs, especially Boris, and she taught college courses part-time.
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Chantelle Hildreth's book, "Once in A Lifetime Dog: My Borisangel," is a very touching memoir that has the reader experience a whole range of emotions while reading it.

Boris, a Russian wolfhound, is the inspiration for Hildreth's memoir as he was her best friend and with her through many stages and experiences in her life. The love and loyalty between Chantelle and Boris is evident throughout this book and the relationship between them and unconditional love is portrayed well.

Hildreth's style of writing is enjoyable to read and is easy to follow. The memories that are shared will have you laughing at some times and crying at others. It is a true love story of the love with human and dog and a pet lover of any kind will truly enjoy this book and will not want to miss!

*I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
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A dog is more than something that smiles as you walk into your home. "Once in a Lifetime Dog: My Borisangel" tells Chantelle Hildreth's remarkable journey of life with her beloved dog Boris. Through all of her rough times in life, Boris remained the one constant, giving her comfort and strength she would have not been able to get elsewhere. With simple inspirational prose, Hildreth shows the impact a good dog can have on one's life. "Once in a Lifetime Dog" is a read not to be missed for dog lovers.
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This was a charming story of the author's journey with her beloved dog. You could truly feel the genuine love between the author and Boris on every page. The adorable photos of Boris just added to the story. The story will make you smile and cry and will not disappoint if you are a dog lover. It is certainly recommended.
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