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Talking With Dogs: Mystical dogs that saved our family Paperback – January 18, 2014
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If you loved ‘Marley and Me’ (starring Jennifer Aniston) or ‘Hachiko: a Dog Story’ (Richard Gere) then you know where I’m coming from regarding Lisa’s book. But ‘Talking with Dogs’ lies on a whole different level of dysfunction—and the eventual fact that dogs eventually saved Lisa’s family’s life and sanity is all the more jaws-dropping. Unlike most normal families, Lisa’s family suffered from constant awfulness brought upon them by his Dad’s mental illness. But right at the moment I started reading the chapter titled “The Miracle Dog”, I started becoming teary-eyed—the author describes her encounter with such honesty and vividness that I could absolutely relate with it. I mean, an adorable dog just appearing out of nowhere and returns home with you and immediately behaves as if he’s been there all his life—if that isn’t the most magical thing, then I don’t know what is. And like my own experience, the dog—now named Lucky—managed to provide a spiritual and emotional balance to Lisa’s previously unstable and abusive home. And I cried, too, in that part when—like all stories involving our beloved canines—Lucky died.
And that’s only the beginning. The author goes on to describe how dogs, at certain points in her family’s life, helped them get through trying times. I can totally relate with this. Ask any true dog lover, and they’ll say their dog is a blessing and a miracle—but the author writing down and sharing her experience in a book like this further validates that fact. Which is my way of saying this is a book that should be on the Kindle or shelf of anyone who loves dogs.
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.
I am glad that the dogs DID come into their lives, as they needed the compassion and steadfast loyalty that only a dog can bring.
Interesting read more from the family dynamics side than from a dog-lover's angle.