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The stories are thought provoking, and some are very heartwarming. She talks a lot about friends and acquaintances, but leaves quite a bit of herself on the page too. I learned a few things about Sheryl that I didn't know while reading it.
I also admit that I saw myself in some of her metaphors. The book provided me with an affirmation of that I am doing right in my life, and also suggestions about where improvement can be made.
With a title like Leashes and Lovers, you might think that the book is about using your dog as an icebreaker in the world of dating and mating. But, there are more important lessons in the book about how the mental attitudes of dogs can teach each of us in how to live a better, fuller and more enjoyable life.
A story that is particularly instructive is about how dogs search out the right "playmate". Dogs will spend 55 minutes of the hour that is available finding the right friend and 5 minutes enjoying themselves rather than spending the whole hour with the wrong playmate. Most of us can relate to this.
This reviewer is also a dog lover and over the years my dogs have taught me to be more generous and compassionate in my life.
A long time ago, I read that "Good writers read, and good speakers listen." Ms. Matthys seem to have embraced this. She counsels that we all need to be more attentive to the verbal and non-verbal cues coming from the people we communicate with. We need to listen more, talk less and pay better attention.
How many of us have had the experience "wow, he/she doesn't usually dislike people that much", or "wow, he/she usually doesn't warm up to someone that easily"? There are answers for these behaviours that only our dogs (and perhaps now Sheryl) know and she is happy to share how to use those experiences as well as many others to enrich our personal lives with the information we can learn from our dogs.
It's uplifting, encouraging and sometimes sad and bittersweet. It doesn't matter if the reader is not in the dating market, this book is a great read...one that should be given to every dog-owner or prospective owner! Thank you!