A Dog’s Life

It’s no secret how much I love my Lola. She’s my walking buddy, protector, furry child, dancing sister, writing companion, my inspiration and my guide to being present in the moment. We don’t speak the same language, but we manage to communicate with words, sounds, movement and expressions. I imagine her thoughts and I know she senses mine.

Bella at One Sister’s Rant often blogs about her adventures with her dog, Roxy. I loved this special post where she shares Roxy’s unique qualities and character traits and reveals their special bond. I also love hearing from Henry on Monica’s Tangled Web, and from Bassa and Bongo. I get a kick out of  Laurie Bartolo‘s fabulous dog photographs and the dog-centric posts on Iowa Dog Blog.

We lucky humans who have dogs in our lives can’t help but ponder the canine experience of the world. Dogs are experts at devoting their attention to their people. They watch us and read us. They give and love and forgive us for not being as honest and loyal as they are.

Books about writing take up the most space on my shelf, but a very close second is books on dogs: stories about dogs, traveling with dogs, hiking with dogs, training dogs, understanding dog behavior. My latest favorite is You Are a Dog: Life Through the Eyes of Man’s Best Friend by Terry Bain. It’s an engaging view of the world from a canine perspective.

The second person narrative gives the reader an intimate connection to a dog’s experience of home and family, of life and love. Having read it, I feel more connected to Lola and to other people who love dogs the way I do. Many thanks to the author of this special book. Dog lovers, give it a sniff. You won’t be disappointed.

Terry Bain won an O. Henry award for his short story, Games, and also wrote We Are the Cat: Life Through the Eyes of the Royal Feline.

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22 responses to “A Dog’s Life

  1. I’m glad you wrote about this book — because I read about it recently somewhere else and forgot to write it on my TBR list! Your post was a great reminder, it has been added. I love how happy both you and Lola look in the photo. Beautiful! I have a special connection with our dog Abby so I know what you mean about the imaginings and sharing of thoughts and feelings. (p.s. thanks for the links to other great doggie bloggies! 🙂

    • I’m glad you like the photo. Lola and I were on an amazing hike that day.

      I got the book last summer but it disappeared into the depths of my TBR stack. I wish I had picked it up sooner. You’ve mentioned before how special your Abby is, so I know you’ll identify when you read it.

  2. Hi Shary and Lola! I also love dog books and have not read this one yet, so I’ll be sure to check it out! And thanks for mentioning my photography here – I’m so glad you enjoy my photos! I appreciate being in such good company with you, Bongo, Bassa, Henry, and Andrea! And I also enjoyed reading about Roxy on One Sister’s Rant, a blog I didn’t know about previously. I hope you and Lola are having a great day today! 🙂

  3. Shary, I love this post! But then I guess you already knew I would! Indeed, the bond we have with our furry friends is a special one. I wouldn’t trade the one I have with Roxy for the world! Just today she accompanied me to meet the parents of the Significant Other for the first time and she was a source of support, like you wouldn’t imagine! hee hee! I have not read Terry’s book but have already made a note of it so I can check it out. I also look forward to checking out the other blogs you mention. Thanks for the shout out, lady! Roxy sends Lola hugs! 🙂

  4. Great post and thanks for linking to my blog. “You are a Dog” sounds like a great read. I’ve put it on my Amazon wish list so I’ll remember it when I’m ready to get more books.

  5. Thanks for the shout out, m’lady. I will tell Cook about this book and see if she can read it to me. Sounds delightful. Let’s hear it for the dogs who make life a little bit nicer for you, humans. 😉

  6. Very nice post! I feel blessed to have my two dogs in my life. I admit I sometimes feel like I’m not worthy of their love and affection. All they love in this world are us. I hope I do them right!

  7. Sure makes me wish I still had a dog :>( Guess I’ll just have to live vicariously thru Lola!

  8. Hi!
    Great Post!!! If we could only be half as loving as our dogs the world would be a much different and better place. I’ll check out the book for sure! Great post!

    God Bless You!

    The Collies and Chuck 🙂

  9. I do love Bella’s stories, both her and Roxy are philosophers and have a special eye to the universe. I do think pets and their owners, although pets think of us as their pets, either way, add a different dimension to a person’s life. I don’t have a dog, but there are to felines living with us, and even though we can’t go on walks, etc. I am always amazed how they speak to us. It is curious, the communication patterns between owners and pets.

    • The animals we live with definitely become members of the family and we do find ways to talk to one another. I’ve never lived with a cat, but I have no doubt they make their wishes known.

  10. Hi Shary,

    Love this post! I found You Are A Dog at our library and I’m looking forward to reading it – thanks so much for the visit and recommendation.

    xoxo michele