I'm Not Single, I Have a Dog: Dating Tales from the Bark Side

I'm Not Single, I Have a Dog: Dating Tales from the Bark Side

I'm Not Single, I Have a Dog: Dating Tales from the Bark Side

I'm Not Single, I Have a Dog: Dating Tales from the Bark Side


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At age 60, Susan Hartzler has learned to accept, even love, the single life, provided she has good friends and a dog or two by her side. Always attracted to the quintessential bad boy with his good looks and charming ways, she was sure she could change "the one" into a devoted partner and loving father, but her compulsive giving and fixing behaviors went hand in hand with her disappointing and disastrous romantic relationships. On a purposeful trip to the pound, she hoped to find a dog to care for, one that would sniff out the bad guys, give her a sense of purpose, and help her find meaning in her crazy world. Thoughtful and funny, this memoir follows Susan's life through the many ups and downs on her way to finding unconditional love. Her journey is a personal one, full of the hard decisions it took to learn to put herself first and stop entering and staying in unhealthy relationships. By saving a dog, she rescues herself, learning to love herself as much as her dog loves her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476684482
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2021
Series: Dogs in Our World
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Hartzler is an award-winning writer, blogger, and public relations professional.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

1 Canine Intervention 5

2 Angel by My Side 11

3 Speed Dating at the Veterinary Hospital 16

4 Think Pawsitive 19

5 Growing Up Dog Weird 25

6 Love Quest 31

7 The Law of Attraction 40

8 Barking Up the Wrong Tree 45

9 Rolling Over 50

10 The Fur Flies 56

11 Lady and the Tramp 61

12 Bite Me 70

13 Pawtograph 77

14 Working Like a Dog 84

15 Barking Bad 89

16 Dog Fight 93

17 All You Need Is Love-and a Dog 100

18 Love Quest, Doggie Style 105

19 Father, Son and Holy Dog 110

20 Fashion Faux Paws 115

21 In Dog I Trust. In Myself, Not So Much 119

22 No Fleabag, Please 124

23 You Had Me at Woof 130

24 Dog-Tired 135

25 Bark! The Herald Angels Sing 142

26 Lucky Dogs? 146

27 My Pack 150

28 No Love Like Dog Love 156

29 Dog Love Fur-Ever 162

30 Fluff Ball Needs a Home 167

31 A Good Dog Is a Tired Dog 173

32 A Sad Tale 180

33 Pick of the Litter 186

34 Learning to Weave 191

35 Dr. Baldwin 197

36 September Mourning 201

37 A Good-Bye Tale 206

38 Sleeps with Dogs 209

39 Ashes to Ashes 213

Afterword 216

Index 221

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