Dogged Optimism: Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog

Dogged Optimism: Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog

by Belinda Pollard

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Indiefab Bronze Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist

For anyone who ever loved a pet or needed a laugh...

In this humorous and uplifting read, Belinda recounts how her scruffy Aussie terrier Killarney has helped her through the toughest of days – and taught her to make the most of life.

Killarney is not afraid of anything that sub-tropical Australia can throw at her: venomous creatures, cancer, very large dogs. She becomes Belinda’s furry comforter and cheer squad through job loss, grief, and failed romance.

You will be inspired by Killarney’s motto: grab life by the throat and shake every last drop of joy out of it. Wrestle it, if you have to.

"Dogged Optimism is an accomplished, inspiring piece of writing that had me completely hooked from the first page to the unexpected and gratifying end." Gill Pavey,

Belinda Pollard is an award-winning mystery author and former journalist who used to chuckle about people who treated their pets like children – until it happened to her. Belinda’s hobbies now include dog-walking in the rain, failing to graduate from dog obedience classes, and travel (if she can find a good petsitter). She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153355993
Publisher: Small Blue Dog
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 965,653
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents


Author’s note—vi


It begins—1

Lesson 1: Joy is not always a tidy thing—9

Lesson 2: Joy is rarely where we expect to find it—21

Lesson 3: Joy is having something to lose—33

Lesson 4: Joy is worth fighting for—43

Lesson 5: Joy is unpredictable—55

Lesson 6: Joy is embracing your own uniqueness—69

Lesson 7: Joy is having flexible expectations—77

Lesson 8: Joy is making the best of life’s imperfections—89

Lesson 9: Joy can’t get through if we’re obsessed with misery—101

Lesson 10: Joy is a new way of looking at things—111

Lesson 11: Joy is bigger when life is harder—119

Lesson 12: Joy survives in the worst of times—129

Lesson 13: Joy is surrendering control—141

Lesson 14: Joy isn’t where most people think I should look—149

Lesson 15: Joy is being yourself, not someone else—159

Lesson 16: Be content, and joy might surprise you—173


From the Author—180

Also by Belinda Pollard—181

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