December review in Goodreads (paraphrased)"As a devout and doting owner of dogs myself (I have four Labs and a Lhasa Apso), I am an instant fan of any dog-related books that appear on the bookshelves. But sometimes, something so staggeringly and deeply moving comes along that you can't help but talk about how it touched your life. One of such books is Lisa Hendricks' 'talking with Dogs: Mystical Dogs that Saved our Dysfunctional Family'...Overall, I love this book to shreds--seriously. I'm saying order a copy of this book--or send this as a wonderful gift to ALL the friends and loved ones you have that also love dogs--I'm absolutely sure they will cherish a book like this. The book also educates people about the sheer positive influence of a dog in a person's life. I know--I speak from experience. And apparently, this book's author, too. A resounding five stars for this one." Goodreads
Meghan. For full text go to Goodreads here: goodreads.com/user/show/18768067-meghan
From the Author
Few people knew the "secret" of my family. Not even my husband understood the horror to a child of living with a father that raged out regularly, and a codependent mother that was abusive to the children herself. The worst part was the great facade the presented to others. Meeting my parents you would never know, unless you happened to live in above them and heard the evening fights, that they could be capable of such horrible emotional, verbal and physical abuse which they inflicted on each other and their young children.
This behavior just would not change for many years, no matter what anyone did, until the miracle happened when I was in college, which allowed me a few years of grace so I could move on with my life.
This was a very painful book to write, because in order to describe what happened I had to access some painful memories. But I had to describe the background so you could understand the magnitude of the miracle.
I just buried both my parents last year. Mom died at 80 and dad at 86. So completing the book was very difficult. Their behavior affected 3 generations, 7 grandchildren, and two siblings, aunts, cousins and many others. Domestic violence is not just a family problem, it is a community problem, as you will see in the book. And it is usually rooted, as I believe it was with my parents, in untreated mental illness.