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Dogs are gifts from God: Spiritual Life Lessons from dogs and their people Paperback – Large Print, May 18, 2012
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I also had a hard upbringing with abusive and argumentative parents that transferred to my own adult relationships. I took the mental, physical and financial abuse my ex husbands dolled out to me. Then you add their "demons" (booze, coke, weed, pharmacuticals) it never ended. After I kicked him out I had the responsibility of my family. My 2 kids, 2 dogs and 8 birds. Sheena was my ex's dog. He came for her one day, to take her. I wanted to slam the door and tell him to go to hell. Something stopped me and I looked at him and told him to go ahead and take her. She was his and it would be easier for me if her took her. It was one of the hardest things for me to do watching her leave with him. I knew in my heart he didn't want me to have anything easy and he brought Sheena back after 20 mins telling me she didn't get along with his new girlfriend's other dogs. In the end I got both my boys, both my dogs and all 8 birds. I worked 3 jobs and went to school full time to gain a better future for my family. Times were very hard and got harder still. I lost Sheena back in 2006 to renal failure due to the dog food contamination a few yrs ago. I spent over $1100.00 trying to save her but in the end I held her in my arms while they put her to sleep. I was devastated. I had to take week off work. I love my animals to much. While dealing with the loss of Sheena my brother-in-law took my other dog and gave her to a friend of his. I'm not sure of the truth of this story and neither my sister or her husband would tell me the truth. At that moment I swore never to get another dog. I didn't want to get hurt again.
I think that is why I am still single too. Anyway in 2009 my son's friend adopted Faith after he moved in. She bonded with my son and his friend left Faith and moved out. After a month I went and filed adoption papers in my name. I still kept her at arms length. She was abused by a female and very skittish. In the last 6 months she has really warmed up to me (gourmet cookies, I'm sure). In the mean time we adopted Shyla (2010) she was 8 wks old. She was meant for Mark but bonded with me. I love this little girl more than anyone can imagine. I guess you can say she is healing me. This is why your book affects me the way it has.Your an amazing person and I want to thank God for bringing you into my life. ' ' '. I hope others gain the strength and ability to grow with the help of your book. Job well done!!
Val Silver, author of Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends
I could not put this book down because it has such an important message to us all about keeping our hearts and mind open to the love around us that we just may not see.
Let me just paraphrase something that absolutely stuck in my head with regards to the animals that fulfill our lives "It's not the Quantity but the Quality" of time which is important.
By the way, I never review anything on any site so this is a first, motivated by this book.
Change your thoughts, change your life. The law of attraction takes care of the rest. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, and thank you for all you have given my sweet boy, Luke, and me.
Love really is forever.
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful stories and personal thoughts with
all of us. I look forward to Volume 2.