Read an Excerpt
"Dogs mirror us back to ourselves in unmistakable ways that, if we are open, foster true understanding and change. Dogs are guileless and filled with spontaneity: unlike people, they don't deceive. When we take seriously the words they speak to us about ourselves, we stand face to face with the truth of the matter. We must learn to reflect on these words -- they are inscribed on the bodies, in their expressions, in the way they approach and interact with us."
"Over the years we've always been struck by the number of people who, all things considered, would rather spend time with a dog than with other human beings. Though pitting dogs against humans seems unwise, it is fair to ask: is there any other relationship in life in which the high point of the other's day is the moment we home and walk through the door?"
"The biggest problem with dogs is that they don't live long enough. They always seem to leave us when we're most vulnerable, most in need of their biased, affirming presence. Dogs make us believe we can actually be as they see us, and it's often only when they're gone that we realize their role in what we've become."