Get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime FREE Returns
Return this item for free
  • Free returns are available for the shipping address you chose. You can return the item for any reason in new and unused condition: no shipping charges
  • Learn more about free returns.
FREE delivery Wednesday, February 15 if you spend $25 on items shipped by Amazon
Or fastest delivery February 9 - 13
In Stock.
As an alternative, the Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app.
$$15.95 () Includes selected options. Includes initial monthly payment and selected options. Details
Initial payment breakdown
Shipping cost, delivery date, and order total (including tax) shown at checkout.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from
Sold by
Ships from
Sold by
Return policy: Eligible for Return, Refund or Replacement within 30 days of receipt
This item can be returned in its original condition for a full refund or replacement within 30 days of receipt.
Maggie: The Dog Who Chang... has been added to your Cart
FREE delivery February 14 - 21. Details
Or fastest delivery February 8 - 10. Details
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Pages can have notes/highlighting. Spine may show signs of wear. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell?
Other Sellers on Amazon
& FREE Shipping
Sold by: Book Depository US
Sold by: Book Depository US
(951011 ratings)
91% positive over last 12 months
In stock.
Usually ships within 4 to 5 days.
Shipping rates and Return policy
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: Prime Deals, USA
Sold by: Prime Deals, USA
(1328 ratings)
85% positive over last 12 months
In stock.
Usually ships within 3 to 4 days.
Shipping rates and Return policy
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: 311dvds
Sold by: 311dvds
(753 ratings)
89% positive over last 12 months
In stock.
Usually ships within 3 to 4 days.
Shipping rates and Return policy
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle for Web.

Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life Paperback – July 23, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 180 ratings

New from Used from
$10.77 $2.46

Enhance your purchase

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews

The memoir of a love affair between a woman and her dog...Maggie was a special dog--a beautiful and exuberant black lab who gave years of unconditional love to her owner Kairns. Throughout their years together, Maggie taught Kairns much about the emotional intelligence of animals and the importance of trusting one's intuition when caring for a pet...

Kairns offers a tantalizing glimpse into the possibility that her bond with Maggie was so deep that she had prophetic dreams in which she undiagnosed cancer...

Tenderhearted and sincere... --September 3, 2008


"Boulder author Dawn Kairns' latest book, MAGGIE: The Dog Who Changed My Life: A Story of Love, seeks to show the unconditional love animals are capable of giving to their human counterparts. She tells the story of her Labrador Retriever, Maggie, and their deep, emotional, and spiritual bond, which surpasses expectations and teaches Kairns more about dogs than she ever knew. MAGGIE raises questions about life and beliefs and demonstrates the canine ability to sense human thoughts and feelings, weaving the two species together in a tight bond. Kairns has not only written a pet memoir, but one that aims to bring the reader to a higher level of thinking about our four-legged friends." --Jill Brodsky, Rocky Mountain Pet Tails Magazine, October, 2008

“MAGGIE a must read for every pet lover …”
--Joyce Laabs, The Lakeland Times, September 26, 2008

"'I come to appreciate that animals are here on our planet for humans. As Maggie did for me, dogs bring us into the present, to find joy in the moment as they do, and to love unconditionally. Even as their bodies begin to fail, they find joy as Maggie did almost to her last day....In a failing economy, with people losing work and homes, many of us look to our best friends, our canines, for sustenance, calm, and love. Dawn Kairns does exactly this in her charming and heartfelt memoir, Maggie The Dog Who Changed My Life, A Story of Love...The memoir is also wise, as Kairns learns a lot about dog health and care during Maggie's final bout with cancer, which was initially and alarmingly misdiagnosed. Cancer is an epidemic in dogs...The author's research and knowledge should help readers act better as their dogs medical advocates. The book does not end on a sad note; the author has gained strength and direction from her time with Maggie. Maggie will appeal especially to those who love black Labradors, to those who love and are loved by any dog, and to women in middle age ..."--
Deborah Straw, US Review of Books

"Thank you for writing this wonderful book. As one of the three mental health professionals who have facilitated our Pet Loss Support Group for the past 20+ years ... I can only agree with everything you've included in your book and would wish everyone could read it."
--Ann Johnson, Human Animal Bond Trust, Inc., Denver area Pet Loss Support Group

"Dawn captures the essence and spirituality of dogs ... eloquently gives us her heart by sharing Maggie with all of us ... I am a better person for reading their story."--Barbara Techel, Author of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog

"There are many books about special and beloved dogs, but this book goes much deeper than most... The reader is compelled to keep going, to sneak the book to work and get around any obstacle that would prevent one from reading straight through to the end... Dawn's awakening with regard to Maggie's health, the quality of her pet food, and the meanings of Dawn's own dreams is a remarkable part of this story."
Limited-Time Offer
3 Months FREE of Audible Premium Plus. Get this deal

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ iUniverse (July 23, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0595474357
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0595474356
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.38 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 180 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Dawn Kairns is the author of the "MAGGIE the Dog Who Changed My Life" and "FINAL YEARS Stories of Parent Care, Loss and Lives Changed." She practiced for 20 years as a nurse, family nurse practitioner & psychotherapist until following her desire to write.

The author is a lifelong animal lover and has volunteered with local animal rescue organizations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to Mississippi to work with the Humane Society of the United States assisting the displaced Katrina dogs. For 3 years Dawn donated 10% of her book royalties to Mainline Animal Rescue to support raising awareness of puppy mill victims.

Dawn grew up in Northwestern Indiana but Colorado has been home for 35 years. She lives in Boulder with her husband, Tom, and their rescued animals, Maddie the dog and Tigger the cat. She finds her inspiration in the Colorado and Wyoming mountains among the wildflowers and dancing streams.

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5
180 global ratings

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 19, 2009
9 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 16, 2017
3 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 17, 2015
4 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 15, 2010
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 5, 2008
4 people found this helpful
Report abuse

Top reviews from other countries

4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Maggie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 28, 2014
colin sleeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGGIE THE LABRADOR
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on December 24, 2012
One person found this helpful
Report abuse