Thursday, November 18, 2010

(161)You Had Me At Woof by Julie Klam

There are hundreds of heartwarming dog books on the market. We (the general reading population) first started to notice them after the smash it, Marley & Me. I know that I started to read a few, trying to replicate the humor, the emotions that I felt when I read that amazing book. Most of them fell short, but Julie Klam's new book, You Had Me At Woof, comes pretty dern close.

Julie Klam introduces us to a breed near & dear to her heart. Boston Terriers. She entertains us with tales of being a Boston Terrier owner and actively being involved with a NYC Rescue. She has fostered, ferried, and rescued dogs. Her stories are funny,heartbreaking, and thoroughly entertaining. I learned a lot about the breed, one I was unfamiliar with, but I also learned that Ms. Klam has a heart the size of Central Park.

Anyone who knows me "in real life" knows about my love affair with George Bailey. Mr. Bailey is my four year old, 75 lb mutt. Mr. Bailey came into my life at a time that I needed him most and has enriched my life more than I ever thought possible. When I still worked at the bookstore I had several co-workers who would ask me nearly daily for new Mr. Bailey stories. And I would delightfully comply with their requests. LOL.

I really enjoyed You Had Me At Woof. It is a very obviously a work of love. With every word, every tale, you can tell she only has the best interests of those dogs in mind. The book is a quick read, within just an hour or so, your life will have been touched by a Boston Terrier or two.

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