Dogs of Dreamtime: A Story About Second Chances and the Power of Love

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When does a dog’s behavior become too dangerous for even the most loving person to accept? Karen Shanley tackles this question in lyrical prose and brings to life her relationships with three very different dogs: Kiera, Molly, and Magic, who all manage to capture Shanley’s heart. Dogs of Dreamtime makes readers take a long, hard look at what matters most in life,and what does not—what can and cannot be controlled. This is a touching story that will stay with readers forever.

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When does a dog’s behavior become too dangerous for even the most loving person to accept? Karen Shanley tackles this question in lyrical prose and brings to life her relationships with three very different dogs: Kiera, Molly, and Magic, who all manage to capture Shanley’s heart. Dogs of Dreamtime makes readers take a long, hard look at what matters most in life,and what does not—what can and cannot be controlled. This is a touching story that will stay with readers forever.

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"A book for people who love their dogs beyond all measure—and who realize, with Karen Shanley, that dogs love us in the same way—sometimes beyond what we deserve. This book suggests some of the deeper reasons for this extraordinary ability to love and for that alone I urge you to read it. I defy you to remain impervious to the magic it contains."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love"Karen Shanley's moving memoir is a tribute to the healing power of her relationships with several remarkable dogs. In her search to find answers for her dogs, Shanley also finds answers for herself. Anyone who loves dogs and other animals will find a beautiful wisdom in the unexpected twists and turns her journey takes, and in the many lessons that her dogs offer in the art of life, loss and love."—Suzanne Clothier, world-renowned dog trainer and author of Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs"There are good personal stories and great personal stories about our interrelationships with other animals. The Dogs of Dreamtime is a great one for showing how our "best friends" and their wild relatives-any and all animals, for that matter-play a significant role in defining who we are in the grand scheme of things. In the absence of animals it's easy to see that we lose much-perhaps all-of who we are. It will be a sad and very lonely day if we ever wake up and have to ask, "Where have all the animals gone?"—Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., editor of The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior and author of Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart and The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love (with Jane Goodall)"Life offers us opportunities for growth, wisdom, and redemption where we least expect to find them. In The Dogs of Dreamtime, Karen Shanley weaves a spellbinding story where the visceral connection between Shanley and her dogs-all brilliantly portrayed—ultimately transforms her life. This book is a page turner!"—Marty Becker, D.V.M., resident veterinarian on ABC TV's Good Morning America and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and The Healing Power of Pets"I am used to being pulled into a book that just doesn't want you to put it down written by my favorite non-dog authors. This is the first dog book that pulled me in from opening it and didn't let me put it down until well after 1am last night. I was nodding yes, I understand that, and I was crying sad tears and happy tears."—Tami Bridges, owner of the CSDogBookReview list
Publishers Weekly
Clearly besotted by her dogs, Shanley, managing partner of a marketing and communications firm, recounts her relationship with three of them. Though she swore to remain dogless after her beloved Sheltie, Kiera, died, Shanley dreamed about an Australian shepherd puppy. Convinced that the puppy was Kiera reincarnated, and over the objections of her long-suffering husband, Andrew, she found the new Kiera of her dreams and adopted her along with Molly, a deaf merle. The author details how Andrew came around and describes the joy the animals' antics gave her young daughter. Along the way, she provides an informative and touching description of how she learned to train the deaf Molly. Unfortunately, dominance was a problem between the two dogs, and she had to find Molly a new home. Later, Shanley took in Magic, an English shepherd mix with whom she felt a kind of mystical bond when she saw his picture on the Internet. But Magic became violent and had to be put to sleep. The author's subsequent depression led to a trip to Montana, where communing with open spaces renewed her spirit and restored her equilibrium. Dog lovers will enjoy this tale and share Shanley's passion for her dogs. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Dog owners know the profound impact that canines can have on human lives. Many share the opinion of the author, a managing partner of a marketing and communications firm, in that particular dogs enter their lives as part of a divine plan. Shanley's narrative-a personal testimony to the life-altering lessons that dogs teach-begins with her mourning the deaths of several family members and her beloved Shetland sheepdog, Kiera. She is also coping with a career change, relocation, a new baby, and a life reevaluation. Then three dogs enter her life: another dog named Kiera, whom the author believes, because of a dream, is the spirit of her first dog reincarnated; Molly, Kiera's deaf littermate; and Magic, a rescued dog with aggressive tendencies. In learning to deal with their individual personalities, disabilities, illnesses, and issues, the author must learn new skills and ultimately make life-and-death decisions about each dog. Throughout, Kiera, Molly, and Magic help her gain insights into herself and lead her to find faith, trust, connectedness, and freedom. A beautiful story, beautifully told; recommended for public libraries.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599210858
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Shanley lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in Upstate New York.

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    Posted February 28, 2009

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    This was a very endearing story. Dogs of Dreamtime kept me interested and ready to pick it up each day. The journey this woman made with these canine characters is really a treat to all pet lovers!

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