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The Dog Lived (and So Will I): The poignant, honest, hilarious memoir of a cancer survivor Kindle Edition

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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


"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

"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." - Booklist

""A rollicking tale of how hound and owner beat the odds and thrived." " -

"A memoir celebrating friendship, hope, and the incredibly powerful human-animal bond, The Dog Lived (and So Will I) is a remarkable story that you'll adore from start to finish. " - Tails Inc.

"Breast cancer survivors will surely appreciate the humor and strength found in this story" - Life After 50

"Author Teresa J. Rhyne had plenty of reason to whine throughout her cancer months; in fact, considering what she endured, readers could be forgiven for wondering how much one woman can handle. The good news is, Rhyne bears it with a grin that's infectious. Her book is filled with have-to=laugh-or-you'd-cry moments and is refreshingly lacking in Poor-Me. That makes it readable, enjoyable, and surprisingly supportive to cancer patients, both two-legged and four-legged." - Bookworm Sez (Leader Times)

"Teresa's memoir is sad and hilarious all at once, showcasing the love a human can have for their canine best friend and the attitude that can make or break a life -- or, in this case, two lives." - Anokhi Magazine

"Kudos to the writer for honestly divulging her sometimes unfettered fears, tearful thoughts and comical reactions to the big "C" word that infiltrates so many of our lives. " -

"Teresa Rhyne takes those darkest moments of their lives, and injects into them a sense of hope, possibility, positivity, and yes, even humour! It's hard to not crack a smile with some of the descriptions within the pages, whether it's the canine antics of the lovable rogue Seamus, or the hilarious criticisms of the health system and their fondness for nausea-inducing holiday decor." - The Literary Word

"Lawyer turned author Teresa Rhyne draws you immediately in through her open, honest, and vivid writings about love, cancer, and her very loved beagle Seamus...This is a true story of a survivor that will leave you wanting more." - Book Bargains and Previews

" "The Dog Lived: (And So Will I)" is a moving read of coping with cancer, strongly recommended for pet lovers who have faced their own struggles in life." - Midwest Book Review

"A heart-warming story of hope and love. " - Grand Forks Herald Online

"This book is a testimony of Love and Life, of how seemingly unrelated incidents can lead to total transformation of lives over time...This is a warm, feel good book that will make us wonder at Life's inscrutable ways of working.
" - Bookpleasures

"I enjoyed how the author tackled such a heavy subject with humor," says Tara. "And Seamus's antics kept me laughing through to the end. Sure, I shed a few tears, but the payoff was worth it. Witnessing the bond between Rhyne and Seamus deepen as they both fight their battles was beautiful. " - FIRST for Women

Honest, funny, and a compelling story of courage and triumph not only over cancer, but one's own demons, The Dog Lived (and So Will I) is a book that is sure to capture your heart.

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  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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105 of 107 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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43 of 44 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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47 of 50 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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19 of 19 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chihuahua Owners on July 7, 2013
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If the subject matter, cancer, interests you it is a worthwhile read. Rhyne is a proficient writer and I laughed out loud a few times. But I must say that at times Ryne comes across as unlikeable. Since the book is entirely about her and her personal experiences it is important that you connect with her and care about what she thinks. At times, Rhyne seems self-absorbed, spoiled and too difficult or demanding of others. But she does a very good job describing herself and others in the book. You do feel like you have actually met her and the others.
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