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

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

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by Julie Klam
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

The men and women who raise rescue dogs are a breed all their own. Author Julie Klam knows first hand. After years ranging purebreds, she joined the rescue squad with the motley crew of Boston terriers that she described in her solid-selling You Had Me at Woof. Love at First Bark carries her message, as it were, into the field with its moving descriptions of how people are saved by the dogs they rescued. Brimming with stories from friends about their canine companions, the book possesses the spontaneity of a backyard romp with a joyous pet. Best read while cuddling your favorite little buddy.

Publishers Weekly
Dedicated dog rescuer Klam (You Had Me at Woof) has a full house in the Manhattan apartment she shares with her husband, their daughter, and their three less-than-polite pooches. So when rising rent prompts a move to a neighborhood uptown, tensions flare as the constant budget crunching and revolving door of foster pets begins to wear on Klam and husband Paul. But while Klam’s inability to say no to a dog in need gets in the way of things like a clean carpet or a quiet Saturday morning, the knowledge that they serve as a gateway to a new life for these beleaguered animals eventually brings the couple closer. Their adventures include rescuing a pit bull Paul finds tied to a neighborhood street sign, fostering an adorable but un-housebroken dog with neurological problems, and chasing a dog with a jar stuck on his head through the streets and swamps of post-Katrina Louisiana. Klam’s quick-draw wit often elicits chuckles, even in spots where the narrative lags. And though the reader senses her enthusiasm occasionally outweighing her ability to follow through, Klam’s heart is clearly in the right place. Her triumphs and missteps alike make for a light and delightful read. (Oct.)
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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.
Yvonne Zipp
…a witty memoir about how Klam's plunge into the world of dog rescue helped transform her life.
—The Washington Post
From the Publisher
“Julie Klam is like Proust, if he wrote about dogs instead of madeleines, wrote in English instead of French, had better hair—and wrote exceptionally hilarious books that you can’t help reading all at once.”
—Patricia Marx

“[Julie Klam] can break your heart . . . then lift your spirits higher than a kite.”
—The Huffington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594488283
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Julie Klam is like Proust, if he wrote about dogs instead of madeleines, wrote English instead of French, had better hair-and wrote exceptionally hilarious books that you can't help reading all at once."
-Patricia Marx

Meet the Author

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 wrote 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. She lives with her husband, daughter, and several dogs in Manhattan.

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Love at First Bark 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Livanlearn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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It was short but a good book!
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