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Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life Hardcover – March 11, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
In this man-boy-meets-dog memoir, first time author Goldstein hits a number of satisfying, if familiar, notes relating his story of heartbreak, mental illness and redemption in the big city. Suffering with bipolar disorder, crohns disease, a lousy job at a "possessed advertising agency" and a devastating breakup, New York-based twenty-something Goldstein decides owning a dog might help him to better cope with life. Though the narrative takes time to get going, the story gains momentum once Ozzy the black lab enters the picture. Despite looking like one of the "pricey stuffed animals from FAO Schwartz," Ozzy was "more than alive." Soon, the dog's boundless vitality and complete dependence are leading Goldstein from the brink, challenging him to take responsibility for himself as well as his furry charge and teaching him the joy of selflessness. Goldstein's chronicle is funny and absorbing, and should have dog lovers nodding along in happy recognition.
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"An uplifting romance that will inspire anyone who's suffered from depression and remind women everywhere why they started loving men in the first place--because deep down, they're pussycats." -- Zink
"From the opening sentence...to the last...readers will appreciate how one seemingly insignificant four-legged creature made a life-altering difference to a young, suicidally depressed man. Four paws up...Joining the recent wave of memoirs about dogs and their owners, Goldstein's book differs in that it focuses on the ability of canines to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress. In that respect, it is similar to Mark Doty's Dog Years." -- LibraryJournal.com
"The book is filled with stuff any dog owner can identify with...Quite funny and always honest." -- "My Pet World with Steve Dale," nationally syndicated column
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The book takes you through the harsh experiences of living life with a mental disorder. Though my disorders are not as severe as Bruce's, I can totally see and feel his pain and feel how an animal can be your life saver.
I will admit I am still on Prozac for my ocd but that along with my dog and cognitive behavior therapy, I have come along way and getting Rox was the best thing in my life. She is a German Shepard and my heart is always filled with joy, my face with a smile when I see her and spend time with her. Unconditional love we give each other.
This book is definetely a read for dog lovers, mental disorder readers, and regular people - a look into another person's world.
Note that one of the bad reviews mainly talks about how this book has a lot of swear words - That has NOTHING to do with what the book it ABOUT! And honestly, that's just how some people talk! He's just "keeping it real".
I have been through some struggles with bipolar disorder and my dogs have been there with me through it all. I don't know how I could be here today if it were not for my babies.
I have a better grasp on my bipolar disorder because of this book. It really touched me!