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Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Somtimes Help You Save Yourself

Love at First Bark is delightful novel by Julie Klam in which she introduces you to the life of three different characters Morris, Clemmie, and Jarhead. The story of each of these dogs has away of melting your heart.  It is the tale of each dog which reminds us why we must advocate for the dogs who have lost their best friend. 

The story of  Morris pulled at my heart-strings as Julie relentlessly attempts to find a placement home for lovable pit bull left tied to a sidewalk post on a hot summers day. It is her  fear of abandoning this dog in need is something I can relate to having been in the same shoes with my own dog.

We discovered her wandering in the front of  our house, no tags, no collar, it was as if she came to us, and chose her home. We took her around the neighborhood no one had ever seen her before, went to the local vet to see if there was a chip and there was nothing.

In the end, I had to take her to the pound and my heart was torn into a million little pieces. It was without thought or  fear I put my name down to adopt her if  no one would claim her within the next 7 -10 days. It was a week later I got a phone call from the city animal shelter and Sadie has become a warm part of our family.

Julie Klam’s novel Love at First Bark woofs up a delightful read reminding us that sometimes we need to take the lead  advocating for the strays who have no voice.  A dog is truly a mans best friend they have the ability to connect us with others and keep us company on the coldest of days.

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Have you ever adopted a pet? Did it become a welcome addition to your home?

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I truly think animals adopt us then they move into our homes and then train us to adapt to their desires. We adopted our cat from a rescue group. He was given up by his owner at the age of 6 and had been in several foster homes over the course of a year. No one was willing to adopt him because of his age. We met his foster mother at our local pet store and she gave us a link to his bio on-line. We went to meet him. He hopped onto the couch. Marched across my lap and sat down on my husband’s with a look on his face that said, “Where have you people been all my life?” That was all it took. He came home with us that night and has spent every day since then amusing us with his antics and showering us with his cuddles and purrs.

    1. It’s true! I had rules when we adopted my dog and all of those rules have gone out the window. I even let her sleep in our bed!

      It’s funny I think a cat at the age of six would be the perfect fit! They are trained and move in ready – he is very lucky to have such a warm home.

  2. All of our pets are rescues. They seemingly chose us as much as we chose them. The most gentle one currently in our lives was a feral dog the first year of her life. She has become the leader of “The Pack” by attrition and really doesn’t like being the enforcer when the littlest critter (a terrier-chi mix) tries to mix it up with the 2 cats. We call her Momma Lucy because she bathes the cats, the monstrous-tiny Mr. PeeTee and the humans she cares about while trying to keep everyone safely within her sight.

    I just will not read books about dogs (except ones about teaching/training). Too many issues like animal abandonment and abuse bother me to an extreme.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” — Mahatma Gandhi

    1. Awww! They sound like wonderful fur babies! I’m envisioning them all snuggled up together in one big bed! I love the name Mr. Pee Tee he must be a riot!

      The last book I read about animals would have been James Herriot about his life in the country as a vet. I may have been ten at the time and loved all of his stories. I use to dream of living in the country and assisting on the birth of a horse. Chuckles! However, this book was a fun read with a message. Your heart will ache for the animals especially Jar Head. But if you feel brave enough to crack it open you might actually like it.

  3. We have adopted kitties. With our two dogs, one was from a family giving away puppies, and the other was a Newfie purebred, the only time I’ve ever paid someone for one of our pets. In each case, they became part of our family, each with their own personality, each a loving friend. The preferred ratio for us was two cats and a dog…

  4. We adopted our first dog together right after we married! Ever since then, we’ve had two or three at the time. We stopped talking about ordering ‘the perfect pet’ because every time we did, another one would adopt us before we got that far! They live close with us until they die of old age; and they bring immeasurable blessings. Thanks for helping to spread Julie Klam’s message.

    1. Your dogs must be in heaven living on such a great property! They were very smart to chose you 🙂 They do bring us immeasurable blessings! I had a scare tonight and am glad to have my pup close by to bark the night away!

  5. I so want to read this book…. Wow, I knew Sadie was a #spoiledpet (LOL) but, I didn’t realize how lucky she was…. I am actually trying to find a home for a stray cat who has been hanging around my Brother-in-Laws house. The cat is so sweet, but they don’t think their cat would do well with another (they are the one’s whose cat also had their tail amputated), so…. Alex did come from a shelter (as a present from marc’s ex-girlfriend) so he is an adopted rescue too…

    1. It’s funny how our fur babies all make the perfect pet. I hope your brother in law finds a home for the stray. It’s too bad it’s cautious around other animals. Alex is very lucky to have you guys and spoil him rotten!

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