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Rhyne adores beagles. Having lost two previous dogs within months of each other, she was not sure she was ready for another dog. But when a shelter called with a beagle ready for adoption, she fell in love again. She was also beginning a new relationship, and when new man, dog, and she settled into a family, all seemed right with the world. But then Seamus’ groomer discovered a lump, which when biopsied turned out to be an aggressive, one-year-to-live cancer. As Rhyne and her boyfriend dealt with Seamus’ surgery, chemotherapy, and behavior issues—he had become a spoiled brat—Rhyne discovered a lump of her own. This breezy, heartfelt, and funny memoir walks the reader through all of the emotional and medical stages of cancer, both canine and human, making an awful situation infinitely readable and hopeful. Give this one to anyone going through cancer treatment—the title alone tells it all. --Nancy Bent

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"A story about the courage to confront the adversities we all encounter and about love, both human and canine, and the strength love gives us to go on." - Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

"Funny, smart, uplifting and fun, The Dog Lived (And So Will I) reminds us that animals are among our best teachers, our most powerful healers, and our most steadfast friends. This unforgettable story of an irrepressible beagle, a tough lawyer and her unlikely boyfriend will make you cry a little and laugh a lot. Whether you're facing a scary illness or just a blah Monday, this book is good medicine. I loved it." - Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig

"This poignant and fast-moving memoir of Teresa and Seamus -- both definitely Type A personalities -- is proof that even a hard-charging lawyer is no match for a big-hearted beagle. Their mutual triumph over terrible trials is a testament to the healing power of dogs. Four paws up!" - Martin Kihn, author of Bad Dog (A Love Story)

"This encouraging tale of finding love and hope in unexpected places is full of small yet valuable life lessons that any animal-lover would appreciate." - Publishers Weekly

"This book does a great thing--it shows us how to make room in our lives for disease and then to get on with the important business at hand--falling madly in love and spoiling a beloved dog rotten. It's a book that dares to be honest and sad and hilarious all at once. It will help inspire many people to respond to the unexpected in their own lives with humor and grace." - Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune

"This delightfully wisecracking memoir will renew the spirits of cancer survivors as well as dog lovers. For health and pet collections." - Library Journal

"The title gives away the ending, but, as always in life, it's the journey that matters. Teresa and Seamus battle their diseases, giving each other love-and the grace that makes life worthwhile." - Cesar's Way

"This is a wonderful memoir allowing the reader to experience the highs and lows of both author Teresa Rhyne's and beagle Seamus' cancer battle. " - Red Room

"Her book is a great read, humorous, real and interesting, and I am pretty sure you do not have to be a cancer survivor to enjoy it. " - But Doctor...I Hate Pink

"When you read The Dog Lived and So Will I, you will make a new friend in Teresa, only you'll feel like you're one of Teresa's oldest and dearest friends as you get to know her. Reading this book is like sitting down in your jammies with one of your best friends as you catch up on what each has been up to over a bottle of wine in front of the fire. " - Fit As Fido
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402271727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402271724
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,062 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Lacefield on October 2, 2012
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In this memoir, lawyer Teresa Rhyne, recently divorced, finds herself wanting to live a simpler life. One she calls her alphabet life: A for Alcohol (Wine), B for Books, C for Coffee, and D for Dogs. Notice there is no M for Men, because she thinks a time-out would be a good thing in her life right now. But sometimes life has a different plan for you than the one you were busy planning. Enter Chris, 12 years younger, who,like Teresa, enjoys wine and books, but less so coffee or dogs. Enter incorrigible beagle named Seamus, who steals Teresa's heart with his incessent howl and big, brown eyes. Now place Teresa, Chris, and Seamus in the same room, add food, and see what hilarity unfolds. Add canine cancer, and see the determination of a beagle that will later guide Teresa through her own battle with breast cancer. Add family conflict, at times disapproving, and rejoice as acceptance and understanding is found. At times laugh-out-loud funny, at times emotional, and all the time heartwarming, The Dog Lived (and so will I) is the happier side of Marley and Me. The title gives away the ending, but it won't stop you from wanting to journey along with Teresa, Chris, and Seamus as they navigate through the landscape of cancer and delicate relationships to form a new family of three. At the essence, it reminds us of how dogs frequently rescue us more than we rescue them. Highly recommended for memoir readers, dog lovers, and anyone who loves a story of overcoming adversity and succeeding.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By beagleage on October 5, 2012
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This book is amazing! Anyone who had to deal with cancer, lost someone to cancer, or is fighting cancer should read this book. You also should read this book if you are a dog lover! So glad this author is completely candid. She does not hold back and for that I am grateful because she is going to help others laugh, cry and give some who feel like they have no hope that extra nudge to keep on keeping on. Teresa Rhyne ROCKS!! Oh, and of course the beagle in the book, Seamus, ya he is FAMOUS!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michelle P. on October 5, 2012
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I stayed up most of last night just to finish this book. It's one of those books you pick up and the next thing you know, it's 3am and you are rounding the last chapter. As a dog lover and daughter of a breast cancer survivor myself, this book definitely struck home in so many ways. But even looking past those two major themes, you will find love, heartbreak, issues with family and in-laws, and most of all, laughter. Lots and lots of laughter. I usually don't even laugh out loud (literally LOL-ing) while reading many books, but I found myself chuckling away on more than one occasion. This is a great read for any age, whether male or female, whether cancer-survivor or dog-lover or both. Pick it up and give it a read! And I'll look forward to reading your review sometime around 3am tonight.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By aFaye on May 24, 2013
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I first purchased this book on a whim at Target simply because it had a Beagle on the front cover. Being the crazy Beagle lover that I am, I was a little worried once I read the back cover, thinking it may end up being a tear-jerker. I was very pleasantly surprised that it really wasn't! Teresa's honesty and humor as she described several very difficult situations in her life made the book nearly impossible to put down. I've since read the book twice more, and I've purchased several copies to send to fellow dog lovers.

Teresa and Seamus have made a very large impact on my life, and I am beyond grateful that Teresa was willing to open her life up and share her experiences.

Do yourself a favor and buy the book! And go make some fookin' toast to share with your pup.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marcy Bruch on October 4, 2012
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Highly recommended! Author Teresa Rhyne writes about how her beloved beagle, Seamus, inspired her to beat cancer after her dog battled the disease--all the while wagging his tail and inhaling food.

Rhyne chronicles the ups and downs of Seamus's cancer journey as well as her own bumpy road battling breast cancer. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Teresa goes to buy a wig only to be shown a collection of "rodent-kill" styles that are more appropriate for the "The Golden Girls." After refusing turbans as an alternative, she finally finds some hip wigs and decides to have some fun during her bald period. She gets a blonde, brunette and redhead wig. Then she ups the fashion ante by adding plenty of cute hats, scarves and earrings to help disguise that "wig-head" look. Teresa got lemons and she made lemonade.

This book is both heart-warming and hilarious. Plus, it includes an intriguing cougar tale! Pet lovers and breast cancer survivors will particularly enjoy this entertaining read. It makes a great gift!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2012
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I really really Enjoyed this booked I couldn't put it down! I own a beagle with cancer so I could relate alot but even if I didn't have that I would of still found common ground with this story very reader friendly! I Could not put it down! I brought the kindle copy luckly so I could read it anywhere ! I give this book a massive aaarroooo and so does my beagle :-)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tamara L. Mitchell on October 5, 2012
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As I celebrate my two years as a breast cancer survivor, I could really relate to Teresa's experiences in the medical system. It's a rabbit hole you never picture yourself falling into, and you are never prepared for the sometimes comical lunacy that the treatment entails. She manages to relate both Seamus's (the beagle) and her experiences with cancer in a humorous and human way, along with what had to be some pretty difficult personal details to share about her relationship with her boyfriend and his family.

I'm glad there was a happy ending and I hope that it continues.
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