Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

by Julie Barton


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ISBN-13: 9780143130017
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 112,133
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julie Barton holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women’s studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.

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Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a short good read. Liked the description of the relationship between the character and her best friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a book to make you laugh and make you cry, this is it. Julie Barton bares her soul to bring us her story. You’ll cry with her when she’s in NY, cheer for her when she moves to Seattle, and laugh with her when she adopts Bunker. Through her pain and his, you’ll be captivated until the very end!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story about depression not really about the dog. Glad she made it back but more a poor me story. At least the dog got the care he needed in the end. Do not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this down. If you have ever been blessed with the deep loving connection with a four legged family member you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I was moved by her honesty and humanity.
Molly Arnn More than 1 year ago
Julie Barton’s Dog Medicine taps into a universal truth that those of us who survive our lowest low (clinical depression, trauma, emotional pain, a challenging transition, etc) know to be true. We make it because we have a Bunker in our lives – a beautiful golden retriever, a friend, a landscape, an idea, a book. Something bright. My Bunker was a person – a new friend who tossed me the lifeline of sharing, swearing, and laughter. I am eternally grateful to my friend in an inexpressibly deep way, in much the same way that I imagine that Julie is forever grateful to Bunker. Julie Barton masterfully allows depression to unfold. Her clear, concrete, lyrical writing invites the reader to situate him or herself in scene. Readers are able to move from scene to scene along with the narrator in a cinematic fashion. Julie beautifully presents her experiences in an empathic, shameless, and unapologetic manner. The writing is not a rant begging for sympathy, it’s not fatalistic, and it does not trap the reader in a negative, ruminative fog. It is the best narrative about depression that I have ever read (and I studied psychology). I read Dog Medicine while on vacation. I was a little bit worried – vacation was about fun, exploration, and relaxation – what if reading this book made me depressed? It didn’t. I did cry, though, but it was productive, uplifting crying. I’ve cried my way through all of my favorite books. I cried when I read the first chapter in my tent one summer morning. I cried reading the middle of the book at the beach and by the river, and I cried the following morning as I finished the book in a gently-swaying hammock. That’s how I know that this is a great book, destined to touch and change many lives. Julie’s position of wisdom enabled me to revisit and constructively explore my own experiences through a similarly compassionate and unabashed perspective. Thank you for bringing this book into the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The next res could b my house)) smiles as you sit on my lap