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

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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 predicted...an undiagnosed cancer...

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

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"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."
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  • 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
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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.

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