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From the Author

Dear Readers,
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.
Elizabeth
elizabethparker.webs.com

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451523203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451523201
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis Blanchard on August 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
What's not to like about golden retrievers? They're beautiful, friendly and obedient. Well, at least most of them are. Then there's Buddy. Buddy is, well, a little different. He's on his own schedule, his own march through life, and in his own world.

FINALLY HOME is the story of a rescued dog, or maybe more aptly, a rescued family. So often we see dogs as being "rescued" from being put down, but sometimes, the dog rescues the family and gives them strength and purpose and I had the feeling reading this book that Buddy did some amount of that.

This is the story of a dog that is no doubt a handful. I was very surprised by this. Every golden retriever I have ever met seemed to have a personal stash of Quaalude somewhere, so I was shocked when Buddy comes across the pages as a personal tornado. What appears to be madness however, may just be youthful enthusiasm for life and above average intelligence, only Buddy knows for certain.

This book is only about 140 pages and is a quick read and would really suit a long plane flight to take ones mind off of the flight. It is NOT a how-to book about dog training, and some of the situations that arise make one wonder what the owners were thinking?

Possible reading audiences for FINALLY HOME would be anyone considering a rescue animal, those considering a rambunctious animal and those that just love dogs regardless the dog's state of mind (or the prospective owner's).

Many of my dog-owner friends can't bear to read books about dogs because they can't bring themselves to read the part where the dog passes away at the end, such as MARLEY AND ME, for example. This is a bit of a book spoiler here, and don't read on if you don't want to know, but Buddy is still alive and kicking at the end of this book.

Get a copy of FINALLY HOME and enjoy the story. I did.
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I am half way thru this book and wonder what the story is, other than these people got a dog they couldn't handle and didn't know squat about training. The 'antics' of the dog are just an outcome of a poorly trained dog. Some of the author's writing seems to be 'advice' on how dogs behave and she attempts to project herself as an expert. However, I am dumbfounded when they shop in pet stores for a new puppy! Has she never heard of puppy mills? Has she not understood on all the thousands of books out there that you can't change a genetically defective dog?

I may finish the book but really, it is just a ramble of what their dog did, a poor attempt to copy Marley and Me. There is no connection between the reader and the people in the story, no emotional ties. No wonder it was free.
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I have to agree with all of the 1 star reviews. I love dogs, I love short stories, magazine articles, and books about dogs, but I couldn't finish this book. It is boring, repetitive, and very poorly organized book. Not everyone that has a dog (or loves dogs) can be a writer. We all have great stories about our four legged companions, and Elizabeth Parker's stories were cute and sweet, but she didn't succeed in turning these stories into an interesting book.
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What's not to like about golden retrievers? They're beautiful, friendly and obedient. Well, at least most of them are. Then there's Buddy. Buddy is, well, a little different. He's on his own schedule, his own march through life, and in his own world.

FINALLY HOME is the story of a rescued dog, or maybe more aptly, a rescued family. So often we see dogs as being "rescued" from being put down, but sometimes, the dog rescues the family and gives them strength and purpose and I had the feeling reading this book that Buddy did some amount of that.

This is the story of a dog that is no doubt a handful. I was very surprised by this. Every golden retriever I have ever met seemed to have a personal stash of Quaalude somewhere, so I was shocked when Buddy comes across the pages as a personal tornado. What appears to be madness however, may just be youthful enthusiasm for life and above average intelligence, only Buddy knows for certain.

This book is only about 140 pages and is a quick read and would really suit a long plane flight to take ones mind off of the flight. It is NOT a how-to book about dog training, and some of the situations that arise make one wonder what the owners were thinking?

Possible reading audiences for FINALLY HOME would be anyone considering a rescue animal, those considering a rambunctious animal and those that just love dogs regardless the dog's state of mind (or the prospective owner's).

Many of my dog-owner friends can't bear to read books about dogs because they can't bring themselves to read the part where the dog passes away at the end, such as MARLEY AND ME, for example. This is a bit of a book spoiler here, and don't read on if you don't want to know, but Buddy is still alive and kicking at the end of this book.

Get a copy of FINALLY HOME and enjoy the story. I did.

Dennis "K1" Blanchard
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This book is a great story about an extremely energetic dog named Buddy. His previous owner had him locked up in their basement which only made things worse as he needed to run off some of that energy. The couple in the story decided to get a golden and went to meet this dog. They decided to adopt him. It turned out he was a real handful. The ride home with him in the car was just the start of their adventure with Buddy. He is very smart and a sweet heart who is in a class by himself. Buddy always had the best intentions which could be very humorous or a disaster. He was lucky these people loved him and were very patient. A lot of people would have given up on him. A plus is a portion from the sale of the book goes to a rescue organization
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