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Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:34 PM

Love at First Bark:  How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself caught my attention because not only do we have a dog, but we have a rescue dog, named Atticus. We’ve had him for a while, and it was after I’d seen an Oprah show years ago exposing puppy mills and encouraging people to get rescue dogs, that we happened to meet our little puppy. He’s been with us ever since!

Julie Klam’s book focuses on the strong connections we make with our pets (dogs in the case of this book) and how the bond deepens over time. Klam’s descriptions are touching and powerful; she relays different stories of various times and places when she rescued different dogs. The length that Klam will go sometimes just to secure the fact that a dog will survive and thrive is inspiring.

This book really highlights the relationship we have with our dogs…why we seek and treasure the companionship of our furry friends. What makes us fall in love with them. There is a definite strong connection between us and these animals, otherwise why would we go to such lengths for them, as portrayed in Klam’s book?

I have personally never been a dog person. I grew up with cats. It wasn’t until I got married that a dog entered my life. I have to say, I do feel there is a special attachment between owners and their dogs. It’s just there. While I’m not an avid rescuer like the author of this book, I would for sure get another rescue dog if we did want another dog. I don’t know how everyone else’s experience with rescue dogs is, but ours is so well-behaved, nice, and playful.

If you are a fan of rescue dogs or a fan of dogs in general, you will enjoy this book. It is at times humorous, at times emotional…overall it’s just interesting to read about each scenario Klam gets herself involved in, all for the sake of man’s (and woman’s) best friend.

Sara Berelsman has an MA in literature and leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.


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