You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness

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Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. And then it happened. She met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love.

You Had Me at Woof is the often hilarious and always sincere story of how one woman discovered life's most important lessons from her relationships with her canine companions. From ...

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Overview


Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. And then it happened. She met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love.

You Had Me at Woof is the often hilarious and always sincere story of how one woman discovered life's most important lessons from her relationships with her canine companions. From Otto, Julie realized what it might feel like to find "the one." She learned to share her home, her heart, and her limited resources with another, and she found an authentic friend in the process. But that was just the beginning. Over the years her brood has grown to one husband, one daughter, and several Boston terriers. And although she had much to learn about how to care for them—walks at 2 a.m., vet visits, behavior problems—she was surprised and delighted to find that her dogs had more wisdom to convey to her than she had ever dreamed. And caring for them has made her a better person—and completely and utterly opened her heart.

Riotously funny and unexpectedly poignant, You Had Me at Woof recounts the hidden surprises, pleasures, and revelations of letting any mutt, beagle, terrier, or bulldog go charging through your world.

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Klam (Please Excuse My Daughter) recounts the touching, often hilarious tales of life with Boston terriers. She adopts her first pet, Otto, after a "substantial" little dog "came slow-motion scampering through the high grass and wild daisies of sleep." With Otto, the then single Klam learned about compromise and sacrifice. Married and pregnant, the author adopts a little "doglet," Beatrice, and distracted by a newborn, forgets to have the puppy spayed--resulting in a series of hilarious misadventures worth the price of the book. She continues to rescue, foster, and adopt dogs--spirited Hank, adored Moses, chubby Sherlock--each with his or her own special needs, idiosyncrasies, and "teachable moments" in trusting one's instincts, achieving balance, helping others, finding contentment, loving fiercely, and letting go. This gem of a book is a gift to dog lovers everywhere. (Nov.)
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"A funny, wise and moving account of being dragged into reluctant adulthood by a pack of abandoned Boston terriers. It didn't just make me laugh—-it also, I'll confess, made a grown man cry." —-Ken Foster, author of The Dogs Who Found Me
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594485411
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 166,469
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Julie Klam
Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. And then it happened. She met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love.
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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    For All Dog Lovers

    If the cover alone doesn't inspire you to read this book, you probably don't belong to that elite and sometimes maligned group of people known collectively as "dog lovers." If you dip into the first few pages, you'll see what you are missing. This memoir of a dog rescuer who never intended to be one is funny, touching, and ultimately satisfying.

    The author, who lives in a Manhattan apartment, stumbled into rescuing Boston terriers and dogs masquerading as Boston terriers. As all who have ever worked with dogs in need, she made plenty of mistakes but gave plenty of love. She had successes and failures. She shares the frustration of not being able to help some dogs as well as the frustration and anger of the people who damage these dogs so severely. And she tells her story, and the stories of the dogs, with humor and heart.

    I read an uncorrected proof so these quotes may have changed in the published edition:

    "Mattie was a wonderful aunt, but at this moment her concern was not for me. What concerned Mattie...was that I'd get this dog and not treat it well and then she'd stop liking me."

    About a doggie daycare center that wasn't so good, she writes:

    "I was infused with guilt, and I wasn't about to leave him there again. Plus, he stunk like a mall pet store."

    "How do you go from a person who spends hundreds of dollars at posh Manhattan pet shops on clothes and grooming items to a person who leaves a dog at a shelter?"

    "A puppy that chewed on things and wasn't housebroken? Why didn't you put it on a chain gang? It was mind-boggling...."

    The author also writes about the difficulties of finding the right home for a dog, and how much instincts enter into the decisions, about the death of dogs and mourning them. The book is funny and serious and will have animal lovers and especially those who have worked in rescuing them nodding their heads in agreement and understanding.

    [End of the book review but the beginning of a minor soapbox: If you are considering getting an animal, do your research. Don't buy from a backyard breeder or a pet store that gets its dogs from a puppy mill, hell on earth for dogs. Do consider adopting a rescued dog. If the dog is older, know that he has been abandoned for good or bad reasons and is going to need some time and patience to settle in. If you adopt a puppy, know that he is going to find your favorite, most expensive pair of shoes to chew and he is going to leave unpleasant puddles and piles of varying viscosity on your best rugs. It is your job to gently train him to be the wonderful dog that he can be. And consider adopting a mutt. If you need to call him a "designer dog," go for it, but plain, old mutts make some of the best dogs in the world. Just ask my Maggie Mae who is snoozing with her head on my foot even as I type. End of rant.]

    An advanced copy of this book was provided to me by a representative of the publisher for review. She is a dog lover, thought I would enjoy the book, and she was right.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    Fun Book!

    This was a great book if you are a dog lover or an animal lover of any kind I highly recommend it! One part that cracked me up was; when they had found a dog with a tracker and called the owner and the woman asked "Can you mail him?" I about fell out of my chair! Too Funny!
    The grief chapter was the hardest one to get through if you've ever lost a pet this chapter may be hard for you but it is a very touching chapter and leaves you feeling good.

    I enjoyed when she explained what makes a dog person and how to find the right kind of dog for someone. There was definitely some giggle worthy moments in this book especially if you have ever had a puppy or an old dog.

    I highly recommend this book it's a fun read I would definitely read more by this author!

    I listened to this on audio and Karen White does a Great job at the narration!

    4 ½ Stars

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Highly recommend

    I rescue and foster Boston Terrier's also. Her book is a very accurate
    example of what life is like in this business. It has it's ups and downs but when the right home is found for a dog my heart just leaps for joy!!! Wonderful Book and has been added to my library

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    LOVE this book!

    This is a MUST READ for every dog lover. You will laugh, cry and be entertained.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    For everyone who has loved a dog, loves a dog or longs for a dog of their own - a must read!

    Reading Julie Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness takes us through her journey as a young, single woman living in a studio in Manhattan who takes and rescues a Boston terrier - and the satisfaction and delight that ensues. In the months and years that follow, Julie falls in love, marries, changes apartments, starts a family, and grows increasingly involved in fostering and caring for rescue dogs. With sympathy and humor, You Had Me at Woof captures Klam's transformation into the dog expert amongst friends, fans, followers, and family - though she wryly suspects that behind her back 'it's the dog nut.'"

    Klam captures the tough moments as she volunteered, fostered, and cared for "unplaceable dogs" and in inexplicable moment that the dog and his/her human fall in love. For those of us who loved a dog, love dogs, or long for a dog of our own, Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness is a reminder, celebration and testament to one of the most enduring and satisfying friendships.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Cute quick read for dog lovers

    A cute book for dog lovers, esp those involved in rescue groups. The author does ramble on at times!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Wonderful read!

    I fell in love with the cover first, then the book followed closely behind! Whether you rescue dogs, simply love dogs, love Bosties, or any breed, this book will keep you up late at night waiting to see what happens next, but hoping it never ends as each rescue dog that comes along has its own delightful story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I loved this book

    This was a quick, easy and enjoyable read. I'm a sucker for anything Boston Terrier related but even if I wasn't I would have enjoyed this. 't definitely got me laughing and, at times, crying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Absolutely awesome !!!

    Loses this as much as a dog's purpose! Wish Julie would write another book. I also read "Love at first sight." It was definitely way too short. She is a great writer!

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    Author Julie Klam wrote You Had Me At Woof to share her love of

    Author Julie Klam wrote You Had Me At Woof to share her love of dogs and finding them homes as a foster fur baby mom.  Some of the dogs she kept herself other she just watched until they found their permanent home. 




    Being a dog, and cat lover I know if I started the job of fostering I would not be able to let go of the pets.  Although Mrs. Klam has had the issue of keeping a dog she fostering many times, especially since she does have a daughter who also become attached, she has learned to let go of those that need a better home.  While reading this book I had dreams about me and hubby have 5 dogs at once which was crazy even in the dream but every dog was full of love.  Although some may have been annoying.   I loved reading about each dog Mrs. Klam took in and the different personalities the pups had.  




    I am not sure I connected on how the dogs made her happy.  Considering the sub title is Dogs Taught Me The Secret To Happiness.   Was it just because they were a dog and dogs can make her feel happy or was it because she was taking care of them bringing good karma to herself. 
    Couple of the dogs seemed troublesome at times to care for to me that would not bring the happiness. 




    I  liked the book very much and would not mind reading more of Julie Klam’s books.  Her writing is entertaining and thoughtful. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Highly recommned

    I love this book, I have read it several time and still weep whenever a sad part comes. I will not spoil the read by telling you what happens. This author has a gift, she connected deeply with me on an emotional level. I love dogs and anyopne who does will love this book.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    A good story especially if you love dogs or plan on adopting one

    A good story especially if you love dogs or plan on adopting one. At times it was funny, other times it was sad. Sometimes it felt like a long school report vs. a book. A quick, easy read.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Cute Story, for the dog lover

    It was a cute story, not the greatest of writing. But, it is a good book if you want a quick, uplifting read.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Highly recommend it!!

    I adore my Boston Terriers. If you love dogs, you will love this one. It is a great read and you can really connect with the character.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    It had me at woof!

    Thorughly enjoyed this book. Its a funny, lighthearted read, cept for the part about poor little Hank! Julie is a very entertaining storyteller!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    I cant stop reading it!

    This is the best nonfiction book ive ever read! It had me hooked on the first page! Perfect for any dog lover, espesially lovers of boston terriers.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    I loved this book!

    Being involved in rescue these past few years, I laughed and cried along with the author through this book, which chronicles her initiation into the world of rescue through her experiences with her Boston Terriers. The cover picture is priceless, as are her descriptions of the dogs she let move into her heart.

    The author had me at Woof!

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Humorous read with lots of doggie talk!

    sweet book about the authors love of bostons and she recalls many different stories about her work with boston terrier rescue.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Not just for Boston Terrier fans

    I really liked this book. It made me laugh out loud at some parts and cry at others. It describes the rescue world perfectly! I volunteer with rescue and could relate to every tale. The book takes a few tangents here and there, especially the last chapter, but it is still worth the read.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Boston Terrier lovers will love the book. Dog lovers might like it.

    This was my first purchase for my Nook Color and I wish I would have just borrowed it from the library. I'd read the few reviews that were available at the time saying that if you were a dog lover you would love the book. I'm a dog lover and thought it was okay, but I didn't love it. I'm sure it would be a great book for Boston Terrier lovers.

    One of the other reasons I went ahead and bought the book was that it had the Lend Me banner and prior to reading the book I thought about a family member who might like to read it as well. Even if I'd still wanted to lend it out, it appears the publishers have removed the book from the Lend Me program.

    I'm going with 2.5 stars (but clicked on 3)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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