Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Book of Barkley, a book I just could not put down till the last page
This is a must read for sure. The author is an extremely talented writer who will take you on a journey of highs and lows in life and in her relationship with her beloved Labrador Retriever, Barkley. I am honored to have an autographed copy from the author.
She drove some distance to get Barkley from the breeder. On her arrival that first day, all the pups were scrambling around playing, as puppies do. But there was one that just stood there looking at her as if he were sizing her up. In the author's words,
"After assessing me carefully, he came over and sniffed my hand, then sat at my feet, ignoring the other people there with me, snuffling at my shoelaces while the other pups, losing interest, went off to chase a bug or something. Barkley didn't leave me the rest of the time I was there. Where I went, he went and simply sat and looked at me with satisfaction."
Woven into the pages are glimpses of her personal life and thoughts and how Barkley enriched her life in a way she could never have imagined. I laughed and cried all the way through, sometimes having to put the book down to clear the tears that were blocking my ability to read the pages. There was the time she was using a pooper scooper in her front yard that "had more crap in it than most political campaign commercials." Throw in a neighbor dog that did not like Barkley and in the mix of trying to separate the two dogs, the full pooper scooper in her hand and the neighbor's arm made inadvertent contact, and, well. . . .
" Splat! Splat! Splat! Splat!"
What happened next will have you rolling with laughter!
Every Lab owner will relate to the many adventures throughout the book. But the book goes much deeper than just a book about a dog and it's owner. Do yourself a big favor and read this one. You won't regret it, I promise. The book is available at amazon.com in both print and Kindle. The author is donating 100% of the proceeds to Animal Rescue.