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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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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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Her honesty is the most refreshing part of the experience. Whether she was right or wrong in any given situation, we can all relate to it. From the relationship with the dogs to the relationship with the dog trainer, everything connected to her own personal relationships.
I don't think you could find anyone that wouldn't take something away from reading through the various lessons and trials.
I would urge you to purchase the book, add it to your kindles, iPads, etc. It will be a reference point for all sorts of life experiences.
It is like having coffee and great conversation with a friend!
It is complex yet simple...and it leaves a mark deep in the annals of your heart and soul! And if you love life and animals...and you believe in "can't live without you" love...the mark left is intensified and unforgettable!
But the best review is yet to come...from you...for the words you will read will embed in your heart...and you will find your own insistence to share what you'll receive from "Follow My Lead!"
Cuddle up and happy reading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many reviews have focused on the self-help aspect of the book - how the author realized techniques she was learning with her dogs, and ways of thinking about them, helped with her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sarah
I enjoyed this book very much as I can totally relate to it.Published 16 months ago by Patty Townsend
It's an amazing story and I just couldn't put it down tile I finished it.Published on July 21, 2014 by Nancy Wagner
Good read. Not profound or a "can't put it down" type book but is good nonetheless.Published on July 1, 2014 by GP22
I enjoy books about dogs and also books about agility. This book was also said to teach about "life", but I found the life-lessons to be very simplistic. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by doglady
I got this book hoping for pithy insights into the lessons the dogs have to teach all of us. While some of those are there, they are lost among the extended descriptions of the... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book and how it was organized. The author found her way via her involvement with her dogs and the sport of agility. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by SpaceMom125