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Follow My Lead: What Training My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Love, and Happiness Paperback – July 26, 2011
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"In this beautifully written story of a woman in transition, Carol Quinn embarks on a journey of self-discovery and imparts hard-won life lessons with insight and humor." - Bas Bleu
Any experienced dog trainer-especially the ones who teach the beginner and puppy classes-will tell you that the real secret of teaching dog obedience classes lies in training the owners.
Although this concept lies at the heart of Carol Quinn's Follow My Lead, don't think for a minute that the book is just about that. The simple-sounding premise (woman at a crossroads in her personal life takes up training her dogs and learns some valuable lessons in the process) unfolds into a love letter to the human/animal bond that's multi-layered, funny, sad, and philosophical.-Shaggy Dog Stories
"Follow My Lead is so much more than a book about dog training—it’s a book about life and all the glorious ways in which we can learn from our interactions with our best friends. Through melding the stories of training her two spunky Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the agility ring with tales from her everyday life, author Carol Quinn delivers a compelling narrative that evidences the transformational power of the bond between a human and their canine companions. Taking a step back to see what dogs can teach us about our own lives opens the door to truly fulfilling a happy existence, and Quinn’s reminder couldn’t be timelier in our connected world."—LIFE + DOG Magazine
"[T]his uplifting memoir encourages reflection and goal–setting, all within the ever–popular narrative framework of the human–dog bond."—Kirkus Reviews
Two Rhodesian ridgebacks rescue the Venice–based writer from a midlife funk in this warm–hearted confirmation of what most pet owners already know: Dogs really are man’s—or woman’s—best friend.”—Los Angeles Magazinex
Quinn’s conversational tone, evident affection for her dogs, and willingness to examine her mistakes endear her as a narrator ”—Publisher's Weekly
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She truly captures "life". This book allows the reader to reflect on their own life. All of us have moments of joy, as well as sadness. Carol truly captured the loving, caring, nature of Henry, one of the main characters in the book. She describes her passion for him and the things that he represented to her. As she moves through her life, the ups and downs, the good and the bad, there is a true moment of self-realization, and survival that will just tug at your heart.
The reader, while having empathy for Henry, cheers on Carol as she realizes, through the training of her beloved Ridgebacks, that she must choose a different path in her life. It is such a joy to see when Carol is almost shouting "I matter!" Carol's training, hard work and love that she has demonstrated through the training of her dogs, pays off big time. Her relationshp with her dogs allow her to see at that time in her life, they, more than anyone else, understand her, and have helped her grow. They love her for who she is, what she represents, without question, and will always forever.
Read this book and you will be cheering her on! Most important, you will walk away with self realization and how important that all relationships are in our lives!
An incredible story about life....and love. I recommed you purchase this book, or download it to your Kindle. The life lessons from this book are endless!