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Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life Paperback – July 23, 2008
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*2008 DWAA Merial Human-Animal Bond Award Finalist*
Discover the sixth sense communication that occurs between humans and their dogs...
The connection between Maggie and Dawn was powerful. Maggie's genuine and beautiful essence opened Dawn's heart and she became more real. Through their relationship Dawn learned that dogs are intelligent and emotional beings that can sense human thoughts. From housebreaking to adolescent escapades and on through old age, Maggie's radiant spirit became interwoven with the fabric of Dawn's life. The depth of their bond opens a surprising door to intuition and dream communication about Maggie's fate. Through their journey, Dawn experiences the joys of sharing life with a dog that so touched people as well as the profound grief that comes with the loss of her beloved Maggie.
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Kairns offers a tantalizing glimpse into the possibility that her bond with Maggie was so deep that she had prophetic dreams in which she predicted...an undiagnosed cancer...
Tenderhearted and sincere... --September 3, 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."
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,051,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ali Julia review
The book does draw you in to the relationship between author and canine, it makes you care about them both.
The HOWEVER is that there's rather a lot of ... what? New age? ... let's say somewhat out of my (and my wife's) comfort zone material. For example, the author does tend to go on at great length about dreams she's had (all about the dog, of course), and interpretation of the dreams, and going to a therapist for dream analysis. Another thing my wife got tired of was the amount of gazing they did into each other's eyes, author and dog. My wife says once or twice would have been enough.
Of course, people live longer than dogs, and like very many dog-centric books, this one includes the passing of the canine protagonist. Keep a box of tissues handy.
Anyone who has ever loved a dog, who has ever lost a dog, will identify with much of this book.
And, if you are a dog-lover, the story will touch you.
The author tells an honest story of the good and difficult times during life with a special pet.
Of course, all our pets are special and speak a secret language to our hearts. But, there are those
creatures whose indelible imprint stays with us beyond their years.
A key point to dog ownership is responsibility and the author stresses that in many instances and includes
trying circumstances as well. Often we must make decisions for those who cannot speak and must live with the results.
Ms. Karins writes with clarity and definition. While she takes it on the chin for many of Maggie's mishaps, she also revisits her decisions on Maggie's care. Her bravery is not living through life with Maggie, but sharing it with others.
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