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Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourselfby Julie Klam
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The bestselling memoirist shows how saving a dog can sometimes help you save yourself.
Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth-as no other writer can. In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, she shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting, pop culture-infused amalgam of humor and poignancy that reached the The New York Times and the Today show and won the hearts of readers across the country, she returns with more humorous insight into life with canine companions.
Klam focuses here on dog rescue, and its healing power not only for the dogs who are cared for and able to find good homes, but also for the people who bond with these animals. Klam became involved with rescue after years as an owner of purebred dogs. She was looking for a way to help and participate in a community, but she never imagined just how much she would receive in return. The dogs she has rescued through the years have filled her life with laughter and contentment, sorrow and frustration, and they have made certain that she never has a dull moment. Along the way, she has collected stories from friends who have also found that guiding dogs to nurturing homes made their own lives richer. These experiences, which show us that even in our smallest gestures we can make a big difference, inspired Love at First Bark.
"Dedicated dog rescuer Klam (You Had Me at Woof) has a full house in the Manhattan apartment she shares with her husband, their daughter, and their three less-than-polite pooches. So when rising rent prompts a move to a neighborhood uptown, tensions flare as the constant budget crunching and revolving door of foster pets begins to wear on Klam and husband Paul. But while Klam's inability to say no to a dog in need gets in the way of things like a clean carpet or a quiet Saturday morning, the knowledge that they serve as a gateway to a new life for these beleaguered animals eventually brings the couple closer. Their adventures include rescuing a pit bull Paul finds tied to a neighborhood street sign, fostering an adorable but un-housebroken dog with neurological problems, and chasing a dog with a jar stuck on his head through the streets and swamps of post-Katrina Louisiana. Klam's quick-draw wit often elicits chuckles, even in spots where the narrative lags. And though the reader senses her enthusiasm occasionally outweighing her ability to follow through, Klam's heart is clearly in the right place. Her triumphs and missteps alike make for a light and delightful read. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, Julie Klam shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting humor and poignancy that won the hearts of readers across the country, she returns with real-life stories about how in rescuing troubled dogs we can end up saving ourselves.
With wit and warmth, Julie Klam chronicles her adventures in finding a home for the world’s sweetest pit bull, fostering a photogenic special-needs terrier, and diving under a train to save an injured stray in New Orleans. Along the way, she finds that helping dogs in their fight to survive puts our own problems in perspective, and shows that caring for others, be they canine or human, can sometimes be the best way to care for ourselves. A hilarious and moving testament to the powerful bond between people and dogs, this is a book for anyone whose life has been changed—for the better—by an animal.
About the Author
Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She married the show's producer, Paul Leo. They live with their daughter and three dogs in Manhattan.
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