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LOVE AT FIRST BARK by Julie Klam

LOVE AT FIRST BARK

How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself

By Julie Klam

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59448-828-3
Publisher: Riverhead

Klam (You Had Me at Woof, 2010, etc.) offers a collection of compassionate tales of dog rescue.

Canine lovers will sit up and take notice, as this slim volume delivers much heart and Klam’s signature self-deprecating humor. When financial struggles culminated in a move to a dangerous city neighborhood, the author and her husband had their hands full with a young daughter and three rambunctious dogs. Further money woes added strain to their relationship. Then they stumbled upon Morris, a lovable mixed pit bull who had been tied to a street sign on a hot day and abandoned without food or water. One does not have to be a dog owner to cringe at the image of cigarette burn marks on Morris’ paw or to understand how helping this sweet dog brought Klam and her husband closer together. The author also introduces readers to other beloved but challenging cases like Clementine who suffered with fecal incontinence. Those who work in animal rescue will relate to the camaraderie of teamwork involved, via Facebook and Twitter feeds, in striving to find good homes for older or infirm dogs. After a trip to New Orleans for a fundraiser, Klam realized that rescuers are only human, but “there is a superpower that comes from knowing you’re making a difference in the world around you.”

A realistic, joyful account.