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

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The bestselling memoirist shows how saving a dog can sometimes help you save yourself.

Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth-as no other writer can. In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, she shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting, pop culture-infused amalgam of humor and poignancy that reached the The New York Times and the Today...

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Overview

The bestselling memoirist shows how saving a dog can sometimes help you save yourself.

Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth-as no other writer can. In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, she shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting, pop culture-infused amalgam of humor and poignancy that reached the The New York Times and the Today show and won the hearts of readers across the country, she returns with more humorous insight into life with canine companions.

Klam focuses here on dog rescue, and its healing power not only for the dogs who are cared for and able to find good homes, but also for the people who bond with these animals. Klam became involved with rescue after years as an owner of purebred dogs. She was looking for a way to help and participate in a community, but she never imagined just how much she would receive in return. The dogs she has rescued through the years have filled her life with laughter and contentment, sorrow and frustration, and they have made certain that she never has a dull moment. Along the way, she has collected stories from friends who have also found that guiding dogs to nurturing homes made their own lives richer. These experiences, which show us that even in our smallest gestures we can make a big difference, inspired Love at First Bark.

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In the past decade, rescue dogs and the dedicated people who rescue them have become worthy subjects for books. This title by the author of You Had Me at Woof offers endearing accounts of formerly abused pooches and the people whose lives they enriched. One of the best "feel good, do good" books of the year.

Lisa Echenthal

Yvonne Zipp
…a witty memoir about how Klam's plunge into the world of dog rescue helped transform her life.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal
Klam earned an Emmy nomination for her work on VH1's Pop-Up Video, but you'll know her from last year's best-selling canine love-fest memoir, You Had Me at Woof. Here she reveals what dogs she has rescued have given her and recounts stories of other people saved by the dogs they've saved. Can't miss with the enormous dog-loving crowd; national tour.
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Klam (You Had Me at Woof, 2010, etc.) offers a collection of compassionate tales of dog rescue. Canine lovers will sit up and take notice, as this slim volume delivers much heart and Klam's signature self-deprecating humor. When financial struggles culminated in a move to a dangerous city neighborhood, the author and her husband had their hands full with a young daughter and three rambunctious dogs. Further money woes added strain to their relationship. Then they stumbled upon Morris, a lovable mixed pit bull who had been tied to a street sign on a hot day and abandoned without food or water. One does not have to be a dog owner to cringe at the image of cigarette burn marks on Morris' paw or to understand how helping this sweet dog brought Klam and her husband closer together. The author also introduces readers to other beloved but challenging cases like Clementine who suffered with fecal incontinence. Those who work in animal rescue will relate to the camaraderie of teamwork involved, via Facebook and Twitter feeds, in striving to find good homes for older or infirm dogs. After a trip to New Orleans for a fundraiser, Klam realized that rescuers are only human, but "there is a superpower that comes from knowing you're making a difference in the world around you." A realistic, joyful account.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594486159
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 400,154
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Klam

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She married the show's producer, Paul Leo. They live with their daughter and three dogs in Manhattan.
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Table of Contents

1 Morris the Pit Bull, Couples Therapist 1

2 My Darling Clementine 59

3 There Is a Dog House in New Orleans 113

Acknowledgments 171

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    I love this author. She is a wonderful illustrator of the love she has for all creature, but expecially dogs. I have read this book five times and still cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Good book

    It was short but a good book!

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    Dogs!!!!!!

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    I loved this book. It was very inspiring, to know people don't j

    I loved this book. It was very inspiring, to know people don't just give up and expect someone else to fix the problem.
    I applaud this family.

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