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Finally Home: Lessons on Life from a Free-Spirited Dog Paperback – March 15, 2010
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From the Author
I've had people tell me that they don't read dog stories, as they get too emotional at the end. I was happy to report that at the time when I wrote Finally Home, Buddy was sitting right next to me. I wanted Finally Home to be the first of its kind in that respect, and it was, as far as I know.
It didn't have a sad ending. Like so many readers, I don't like sad endings either. Buddy was there with me the moment I started typing away and there the moment I received my first proof in the mail, and published my book. I had his paw print to autograph my first copy.
My goal in writing that book was twofold, or perhaps, threefold. Primarily, he had so many quirks, I knew his story would make people smile-especially those who have owned a dog as rambunctious as Buddy. Secondly, I wanted to donate a portion of the profits to animal rescue. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, I wanted to correct the misconception that shelter dogs or rescue dogs are less adequate than dogs bought from a puppy store or breeder.
I think I accomplished that. Although Buddy was a handful when we adopted him, we learned from him, he learned from us, and together, we created a soulful bond that formed our family.
Life is all about learning lessons. The first time you try anything on your own, it's a blessing if you succeed. Training Buddy was no different. At first, we thought we'd get our answers out of a training manual, so we read several. If I could think back far enough, I'd bet that Buddy probably chewed through them anyway. No, it's safe to say our lessons were ones that couldn't be learned from a book. They couldn't be learned from any particular trainer. They had to be learned by looking directly at the source, seeing the gentle giant for who he was, realizing that Buddy was an individual with a big heart and his own agenda. Once we understood that, we understood Buddy.
As many dog owners will tell you, each dog has its own unique personality. Specific rules don't apply to all.
I feel that if just one dog gets saved, then all of the hard work was worth it. After all, you can't put a price tag on a life.
Like I said earlier, life is all about learning lessons. Why not learn them from a free-spirited dog?
Thanks for reading.
About the Author
Author of Dog Books and Thrillers! "Bringing awareness about dog adoption and rescue, one dog at a time!" I live in Las Vegas, NV with my husband and two retrievers. I had written my first book about dogs, Finally Home in the early part of 2010. Throughout my years of living with Buddy, our golden retriever, I always wanted to get his stories down on paper. They were just too comical to keep to myself. If you're reading this, then you might as well know, I am a die-hard dog lover and they are my inspiration for writing...especially dog books. I volunteer with a few animal rescue groups throughout Las Vegas when time permits. Though not all of my books are for dog-lovers, most do have a dog making an appearance now and then. I enjoy writing about their antics and incorporate them in a few of my thrillers. In addition, I donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book to various animal rescue groups. Since 2010, I've written ten books consisting of five dog books, one inspirational book of quotes and four thrillers. You might also want to know that I am an indie author. Yep, I self-publish all of my books, create my own covers and format my own books. It has been a learning experience and after two years, I've learned more and more about the world of publishing. Even through the trial and error stage, it has been a fascinating experience. I've met a wonderful group of creative indie authors, as well as dog-lovers and readers in general from all over the world. The support, advice and wisdom I have received has been phenomenal. You may notice that I have a very dark mind and an equally off-beat and witty sense of humor. Sometimes you'll find it revealed in my books. Hope you enjoy them and many thanks for stopping by.
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While reading about this energetic dog, I could visualize Buddy's doggy smile and his mischievous behavior. Unlike the dog in MARLEY & ME, Buddy wasn't destructive, just playful. He was having fun and wanted everyone around him--canine and human--to enjoy his antics as much as he did. Buddy was very fortunate to end up in the home of animal lover Elizabeth Parker. It's apparent that she and her husband, Michael, were also fortunate to have found Buddy.
I believe anyone who shares his or her life with a dog or has ever loved one will enjoy FINALLY HOME: LESSONS ON LIFE FROM A FREE-SPIRITED DOG. When reading Parker's description of the life lessons she learned from Buddy, I realized that living with my own furry friend has taught me some of the same ones.
The author's love of dogs is evident by the fact that she donates part of the proceeds from this and her other books to an animal rescue organization. I commend her for that commitment to saving the lives of animals.
Along with the hyperactivity, however, Buddy had an abundance of love, warmth and a passion for life that more than made up for his idiosyncrasies. Ms. Parker's gifts as a storyteller make for a very vivid account of her adventures in discovering what made Buddy tick, and finding ways of training that he would respond to. Her persistence paid off, as Buddy became a loving and devoted member of the family. While still retaining his sense of fun, Buddy became disciplined enough to handle a cross-country move and the addition of two other dogs, Brandi and Toffee.
This book is a must-have for animal lovers and should be required reading for anyone adopting a dog for the first time. We guarantee that "Finally Home" will make you laugh, cry and look at animals in a totally different light. In addition, your purchase of this heartwarming story will contribute to various animal rescue organizations throughout the country, as Ms. Parker has generously directed that a portion of the sales of this and all her other published works will go to.
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