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In an authentic voice, the author tells the story of her beloved dog, Moses. Fate brought them together and something terrible ended their story far too soon. The Story of Moses recounts how Moses gained celebrity with friends, neighbors and strangers and earned the love and trust of both his human and four-legged family. As Moses illness is discovered and advances, life unravels like a loose thread in a well-worn sweater.
But, Moses' story is much, much more. It is the story of joy and hope and sorrow. It is the story of the wonderful dogs that came before, opening the door for Moses to walk through. It is the story of those left to remember and cherish. It is the story of survival in the midst of great loss-- of loving again, sheltering again, and living in the moment. It is knowing that, however painful, love remains and is the ultimate blessing.
The cast is a rich tableau of canine characters. There's Cleopatra, the first matriarch who won the author's heart and whose story is one of intelligence and grace and love. The story continues to unfold with Odin -- a fiercely loyal and protective dog whose will could not be broken and who loved Cleo immeasurably and grieved deeply and hauntingly through her loss. Odin was a mountain of a dog whose passing left a big hole in the lives of his owners and provided the impetus behind the search that led to Moses. Moses and his 'siblings' Bess, Samantha and Pax provide the next generation of antics and challenges in which Moses shines through with strength, willfulness and gentleness unmatched - a true, gentle giant. Though Moses' life ended tragically, his loving spirit lives on.
The book celebrates the individuality, intelligence and unconditional love of man's best friend. The book also dispels the myth of shelter and rescue dogs being undesirables while frankly exploring the pain and sorrow of loss and the soothing balm of trusted companions.
Animal lovers will delight in the stories of the amazing dogs that grace the pages and empathize over the ruthless destruction of canine cancer. Readers looking from the outside in who have not yet experienced the joy of pet ownership may well find themselves moved to do so.
Posted November 27, 2010
Posted August 22, 2013
The Story Of Moses is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2011
This book is all heart. Author Jennifer Ross introduces us to her canine companions, one by one, sharing all of their little quirks and idiosyncrasies-- the full breadth of their individual personalities. When all is said and done, we are carried on an emotional journey of animal ownership and companionship, and the heartbreak of loss.
Anyone who has had a dog can identify with the laughter, frustration, heartbreak and pure bliss that they bring to your life, and this book is full of it all. Charming!
Posted May 9, 2011
Jennifer Talbot Ross not only has a way with dogs; she also has a manner of expressing her feelings about her relationships to her canine pets that rings true. Possibly part of her ability to communicate animal behavior as well as her near anthropomorphizing dogs is her depth of experience in medicine/health care fields as well as the fact that her childhood was enhanced by belonging to a family that bred and raised German Shepherd show dogs. Her writing skills? Those seem to come from a natural propensity to relate emotion honestly and without the need for drama. She is refreshing to read.
THE STORY OF MOSES is indeed a story about a Great Pyrenees dog whose life as a guard dog on a Texas Ranch accidentally turned into a life as a homeless victim, taken in by a rescue shelter, and then 'adopted' by the author. Moses becomes the light in his family's lives and in the lives of all who come into his range of love. He is discovered to have a carcinoma and this stressful change in his life affects his family more than it affects Moses. This is a story of nurturing love, how a dog can positively influence all those with whom he comes into contact and even is able to prepare his family for his demise - with profound dignity. The manner in which Ross relates this journey is at once entertaining, heart warming, tragic, and triumphant.
But Moses, though he is the star of this book, is not the only animal owner relationship Ross shares: we are privileged to meet her other pets as their places in the family's life alter and needs are encountered: Cleo is a rescued Labrador Retriever who entered Ross's life at what appeared to be the most inconvenient of times only to prove the bastion of change in Ross's changing family situation. And then there are stories of Odin, a German Shepherd/Akita mix, Bess, a new Labrador pup with a personality and purpose all her own (real name: Besame Mucho!), Samantha, an Anatolian Shepherd, and Pax, another Great Pyrenees pup. This may sound like the beginning of a kennel instead of a home, but the entry and exit of the dogs varies, each one filling a need and providing joy to a home receptive to appreciating the idiosyncrasies each offers.
If the book offered nothing more than canine biographies, it would be well worth the read. But Jennifer Talbot Ross offers intuitive information on how to treat and appreciate and care for pets that should be vital information for any adult or child or family whose hearts are open for including dogs into their lives.
Posted February 25, 2011
This is a heart warming story, about Jennifer and her dogs. Jennifer has grown up with dogs her whole life and each one has touch her and her family in different ways especially Moses. Easy read, touching; At moments you're laughing and others you're crying. Easy to relate to.
Great first book
Posted February 16, 2011
This is just a wonderful book. It was like listening to a friend. It was happy, sad, full of laughter and tears...all those things so involved in living life fully, most especially with our wonderful four- legged family members. I would highly recommend it and hope that there will be further adventures of the Ross family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2011
A pair of "empty-nester" parents searching for a dog to fill their house and hearts and a big, white, "gentle-giant" in need of love come together in this heart-warming memoir of the Ross family and their Great Pyrenees Moses. The Story of Moses is really the story of several of the dogs that have wiggled their way into the author's heart through the years. Indeed, while there are hints of his appearance early on, we don't actually meet Moses until page 79, more than halfway through this fairly brief memoir. But as the author points out, to understand Moses and the special relationship he had with his family, it is necessary to first meet the dogs that came before him. And so the reader is treated to an array of dog personalities, getting to know each canine, Cleopatra, Odin, Bess, Samantha, and Pax (who comes after Moses), intimately. When I read the introduction, I was struck by the line, "My intent is for this work to be a testament to the endearing and enduring sprit of dogs." (pg. ii) It was clear that this book was written by a passionate dog owner and I was looking forward to reading about the lives of her dogs. I wasn't disappointed as I met each dog, laughed at his/her playful ways and grew a bit somber as each dog grew old and feeble. And while there are hints on the back cover about the author losing Moses at an early age to cancer, and we read of the others' passings, this is not a book about loss. Rather, this memoir is about the love that is given and received between dogs and those lucky enough to earn their respect and love. The story of Moses is full of snippets of each dogs' life, from their favorite games to the silly antics that each dog was known for. Thanks to the author's down-home style of writing, the reader gets to know each animal intimately, the special quirks and behaviors that makes each dog special. There are many cute anecdotes spread throughout, such as Cleo trying to get through a doggie-door with a huge rawhide bone sticking out well beyond each check, Samantha finding the author's lost sunglasses, and Moses refusing to have his toes clipped. I really felt that I knew each dog when I finished reading this tale and thoroughly enjoyed meeting each and every one. The author also takes the time to instruct the reader on the AKC guidelines for each breed of dog that they own, and how their new acquisition fit (and didn't) that description. It added a level of interest that I wasn't expecting. It should be noted that while the author has a very easy style of writing, one that makes the reader feel like they are sitting at the kitchen table with her and listening to her tales, she also likes to use ellipses (.). In fact, there is a vast over-abundance of them throughout the text. While this didn't hamper my reading enjoyment, I did find it rather odd. Regardless, I had a lot of fun getting to know Moses and the other dogs in the Ross household. Quill says: A heartwarming story of canine love that will leave the reader with a warm and fuzzy feeling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2011
The Story of Moses written by Jennifer Talbot Ross is the true story of Ms. Ross and the remarkable dogs she was lucky enough to have in her life. To tell the story of Moses the author shares with us the stories of the other dogs she had prior to Moses, and how each dog impacted her life and ultimately led her to Moses.
The first dog we are introduced to is Cleopatra (Cleo), a beautiful lab who was rescued by Ms. Ross's grandmother and daughter. Being a single mother at the time she was hesitant to take the puppy, but she couldn't resist. While the author states she had always had animals in her life, it really seems that Cleo opened her heart for the love affair she shared with dogs in her adult life.
In addition to Moses and Cleo, we also read the stories of Odin, Bess, Samantha and Pax. As the author shares each of their stories, you feel the love the author has for her dogs. She shares their funny antics as well as their sometimes neurotic behavior. When Moses comes into her life from an ad on Petfinder, she finds a gentle giant of a dog that seems to love life who felt it was his job to take care of her. While cancer cut Moses' life short, she was blessed to have shared five years with him!
The author has a wonderful way of writing that makes you feel as if you are listening to an old friend talk about her pets. Her love of animals comes across so strongly that the emotions jump off the page at you allowing you to share her joys and also her grieving when she loses a beloved pet. She also shares with the reader bits of interesting information about the breeds of dogs she has. I also felt the information she included in the back of the book about the SPIN, Saving Pyrenees In Need, was great, and her reminder that rescue animals make wonderful pets was the perfect ending to Moses' story.
A heartwarming story that all animal lovers should read, I only wish the author would have included more pictures of her beloved animals! If you're on the fence about getting a pet you should read these stories. They just might help you realize your new best friend is just waiting for you!
Posted December 21, 2010
This book is a genuine gem. I laughed and I cried. Each character in the book has its own strong personality that really comes to life through the author's stories. Makes me want to run out and adopt another dog!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2010
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