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You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness Paperback – Bargain Price, October 4, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Not everyone melts when they see a Boston Terrier. Buggy eyes and flat noses aren't most people's idea of doggy beauty. There are prettier dogs, bigger, fluffier, more colorful, more and less energetic, equally smart and funny. But there is more to these little creatures than their looks. Their personalities dovetail perfectly with mine and we understand each other. (Exactly what that says about me, I don't know). Every important moment in my life has been shared with, at least, one. I still come home and look down, I still check garden gates, I still look at dog toys at the grocery store.
The author is even more of a dog person than I am. She tells the story of, not only her own dogs, but of dogs she has provided foster homes for (something I admire tremendously in others and would never be able to do). Reading her book feels like having a conversation with a friend you have much in common with. She shares the good times along with the sadness and the every-day frustrations and inconveniences.
But most of all, she shares how these little loves who don't speak still manage to help you understand the complexities of life as well as the simple truths we might not have, otherwise, noticed.Read more ›
While not specifically a "how to" book on happiness, it's clear that Julie discovered to be fulfilled beyond the role of wife and mother, she needed to help these abandoned dogs find forever homes, and it's a noble calling. The book provided great insight into the whole world of rescue dogs, and the people who rescue them. I found myself rooting for the dogs, and for Ms. Klam.
A thoroughly entertaining read.
Julie has a passion for Boston terriers. She got her first Boston when she was thirty, depressed, underemployed and alone. She really wanted to meet a man and eventually get married but...well, she got a dog to bridge the gap and bonded with little Otto right away, making him the complete focus of her attention. Not all readers will relate to her indulgence of Otto, but many people feel the same way about their canine companions--and many others feel a strong enough bond to understand why others might go that far. For Julie, her relationship with Otto was unselfish and nurturing, helping her to transition to other relationships.
Fast forward to Julie married and raising a daughter. For me, the most interesting aspect of her story was her work with a Boston terrier rescue organization. She got involved in picking up Bostons from shelters and organizations and placing them in foster homes, while working to find "forever homes" for these appealing pooches. It was not her intention to foster dogs, never mind adopt, but somehow...somehow...we keep finding Julie with a macrame of leashes walking a tangle of little dogs through the streets of Manhattan. Some dogs just wriggled their way into her heart.Read more ›
Julie really has a heart for these dogs. You don't see her complaining about the constant pee and poop (I am sure vomit is there somewhere even though she doesn't mention it) in her apartment. SHe loves these dogs and the details she writes about each of them does each dog justice. I applaud all her fellow rescue workers in this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every dog lover has that one dog that changes their world and makes their life just that much brighter, a soul dog if you will. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bri
This book made me laugh cry and love on my dogs a lot! Julie reminds us how each dog we have the honor of owning or fostering brings something to our life that will forever change... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CNXC3
I laughed, I cried, I felt every moment. I downloaded it and finished reading it in about 4 hours. I couldn't put it down.Published 4 months ago by Lor
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I have read it multiple times and I treasure it. I Re read it often. I love it.Published 7 months ago by Barb Blackman
I like this book. I have a Boston terrier so of course I had to get this book. Great book at good price. Would recommend this for anyone with dogs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phillip Berry