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on November 26, 2012
I rarely read books on dogs, because they seem to all follow a tacit requirement that at some point, they must be profoundly sad. Several years ago, I picked up a book on a sale table entitled "Shelter Dogs" and it included a photograph and a caption that has haunted me to this day. I don't actively avoid sadness, I just don't seek it out. Watching "Ole Yeller" once was quite enough for me, thank you.
But as I read through this book, I instinctively understood the "heartfeltedness" of the letters within. Writing a letter to a creature - whether canine, human, or otherwise - who will never read it brings out an honesty of emotions that most folks typically tend to repress. I suppose that's why some therapists encourage this sort of activity. You can almost feel that some of these letters were only written after agonizing effort; "What do I say? How do I say it? What words should I use, none of which effectively capture what I feel?" I wonder how many tried and failed.
Like many people who will read this book, I started a letter of my own, to my "old lady who is now fourteen and in the twilight of her life." I couldn't finish it. Words failed, and eventually blurred. If you are reading this review, you are a dog lover, and I am guessing you have been in this same place, and have seen your own words blur as you struggle to capture your feelings. That's a good thing. Even though I've never met you, I like you already.
But perhaps even more poignant would be the "what if" thoughts that will surely spring to mind as you read this book. If your dog could write, if your dog could put pen to paper, what would it say to you?