Julie Klam, author of Love at First Bark, the latest BlogHer book club offering, says, "I've discovered that I can pretty much do anything, or at the very least try, without giving up."
Reading her delightful and inspiring book, I got the sense this is the ultimate truth.
Klam is a brave and determined woman when it comes to canines. Her writing is engaging and, at times, funny. She's honest, fully admitting two of her beloved dogs aren't house trained, even after spending weeks at a doggie boot camp in which they were successfully trained. Not only does she continue to humor her lovable, if messy bunch of pups, she adopts a sweet little dog named Clementine that's fecally incontinent.
Anyone that can clean up that many dog messes from rugs and hardwood floors deserves a medal, in my opinion.
As if this wasn't heroic enough, Klam goes above and beyond what most of us do for our four-legged friends.
Klam and her husband also approach an abandoned pit bull chained outside a building. They care for the dog, feed it and ultimately find a placement for it all while putting their plans for the day on hold. They take a vacation to New Orleans which involves volunteering with an animal rescue group.
If you love dogs, you'll love this book. Klam's writing is good enough to entertain those that are only wishy-washy about dogs. Anyone with an ounce of empathy will know the work Klam, and others like her, do to rescue and care for dogs that need help is a crucial roll in our society. That she continues to do what she can to help needy dogs though she owns three dogs already, has a busy child and a writing career, is inspiring.
If Klam can do anything without giving up, maybe I can, too.
I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review, but all opinions expressed are my own.