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The one issue I had with the book is that it is sometimes slowed by the author recounting conversational prayers. If you believe that God watches every sparrow fall, and has a plan for you to learn from every trouble, this book is right up your alley. I thought some of those asides were a bit long winded, however valid to the book's ultimate message, and could have used some judicious trimming while still making the same points. At times I think it slowed the story, though as they are in letter form, they are easy to skim or skip. Even if you occasionally decide to skim some of the prayers -- that to me seemed more of a personal nature between the author and God and not for me to intrude on, however inspirational the book is supposed to be -- the bulk of the book is solid and a good read.
Stories of redemption are always good, and when they involve dogs, I find it hard to resist. When I started this book, I was a little repulsed by the Christian tone, but I chose to stick with it. Thankfully I am fortunate enough to know that many things are not as they appear. There can often be a cover or appearance that hides treasure. So I dug in, and I read, and I did laugh and cry.
Boy am I glad I did. To use a metaphor, the marrow of the bone that is this book was worth the effort. I know that most well told stories are more than the shell, or bone, there is often more to it, layers, inferences, and it seems clear that any dog with a bone patiently works for that treat inside.
This is a well told story and thoroughly entertaining(I admit I skimmed over her prayers). I suppose we all suffer the same life. In that, I felt like I was a comrade and relating to her struggle was as easy as could be.
There is no shortage of suffering in this world, both animals and people are often left alone, and in the worst cases, without capacity to survive, with little choice. And any source of inspiration, Christian or other, anyone finds seems like a good thing to me. I may not be a Christian, but I am human, and I love. After reading this book I felt less lonely and that there is a little less suffering in the world.
I would like to offer a quick insight into the rodeo scene, as I know the author was disturbed about the treatment of rodeo animals in the book. As someone with an Ag degree and extensive experience in rodeo and livestock handling, I want to assure the author and readers that rodeo animals are well cared for and not abused. They work for less than 10 seconds, and are well fed, doctored, and kept in comfortable environments. They must be healthy and happy to do their jobs. Bucking horses and bulls love to buck, in the way that a racehorse loves to run. I once sold a saddle horse for bucking stock because he loved to buck so much and I was afraid he'd hurt someone. The flank straps are well padded, and go around the "waistline" of the bull or bronc. The flank area is ticklish, therefore the presence of the strap encourages the animal to try to buck it off. The calves used for roping may have the roughest job. Some people cringe when they are jerked off their feet by the rope. I will say though, that these calves are usually about three hundred pounds and they are very tough. In working with cattle, I have never been able to inflict pain on one when I needed it to get off my foot or move to another alleyway. I am not agreeing with jerking them down as ropers do, but I will say they aren't easy to hurt. Cowboys that jerk or drag their calves are fined. I am glad that rodeo has gotten tough on cowboys and contractors about the welfare of the animals. They shouldn't be hurt for the sake of entertainment.
My heart went out to Malta, the rescue lady, as I know several rescues in my area who work so hard and endure so many trials as they try to help pets find forever homes. My own Carolina Dog came to me in a mysterious way, and as I rescued him I had no idea what adventures awaited me! Like Honeybun, he brought me out of my shell and got me into ministry. He became a therapy dog and introduced me to a world of people and blessings I never knew. It's amazing how God puts something in front of us, and the lessons we learn as we follow His path!