Gaining a Leash on Life: Lessons from Bud

Gaining a Leash on Life: Lessons from Bud

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Gaining a Leash on Life: Lessons from Bud by Richard D. Parsons, Virginia Morton

Dogs are more than wonderful companions. They are, to those who attentively observe, master teachers and models of how to live a richer, fuller life. Gaining a Leash on Life invites readers to obtain a new perspective following the direction of Bud, the author's scrappy 16-year-old terrier mix. For instance, Bud has a penchant for howling at 2 a.m. for no apparent reason other than that it must feel good, that it releases his spirit. In turn, the author, a psychologist and university professor, encourages us to release our own spirit by finding our own "howl." Organized around four themes-Awareness, Acceptance, Authenticity, and Celebration-the text is aimed at increasing one's awareness and acceptance of oneself, of others, and of the world in which we all live. Gaining a Leash on Life encourages and instructs us to embrace a new way of life, one in which we howl more and worry less, turn the "every day" into something to celebrate, recapture dreams and turn them into realities, and find the peace and calm meant to be experienced. These are the encouraging, heartwarming, and spiritual lessons of Bud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595434463
Publisher: Willow Creek Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Gaining a Leash on Life: Lessons from Bud 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book that is a collection of thought provoking ideas..A guide to options you choose in the direction of your journey through life... This is not only fun and easy to read, but is an excellent tool for teaching to folks of any age. Those folks who have the opportunity to share life with a dog in house, will connect to ' bud '
Guest More than 1 year ago
real simple...here's your christmas gift cart...!!! In this tiny book, Bud provides us with lessons that will make Christmas - New Years and each day of our life...something to celebrate. My family is getting two copies one to read and one to pass on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the book. Reveals a lot about the author and provides an excellent vehicle to get several messages across without the often rejected, listen to me, I'm a professional and I know what's good for you, approach to counseling. The lessons from Bud strike a chord with all of us who are/were dog owners. Getting unconditional love is both addictive and gratifying. There is an old quote that states, some say that heaven is a place that, when you get there, every dog you've ever owned comes running up to greet you. If this is true, maybe you and I should repent right now lest we be forced to forgo this eventuality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing very surprising found within this book EXCEPT...that I forgot everything of value that was in it. This is a super book to use as a reminder how to not just survive life...but live it...live it to the fullest...thanks BUD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book not just 'educational' but a book that truly made me smile...Bud is quite a character and Parsons brings him to life on each page...
Guest More than 1 year ago
simple...yet insightful... a dog with wisdom!!! I'm giving this to everyone in my office for christmas...hopefully it will bring them back to the joy of the season!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I thought was a book about dogs...turned out to be a book about life and living...great book...all my friends are getting one for christmas!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
nothing really new...just made new once again...I found that I have fallen into a malaise and Bud woke me up to the celebration of life...highly recommend for all those trapped in the rat race
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! what I thought was a feel good book about dogs...turned out to be a feel good...be good book about ME. Great lessons to remember and practice...I'm giving it my christmas listers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bud - the author's terrier - provides simple...yet rich lessons on living. I found the book awakening in me lessons I have long forgotten and am now recommitted to embrace