Dogs can certainly make our lives better. But can they save our life?
Julie Barton says yes. Yes, a dog can save a person's life, because a golden retriever puppy named Bunker saved her life.
I am only half-way through this wonderful memoir, and to say it's compelling is an understatement.
Last week Barton did a book event at the library headquarters. I was first in line (which has never happened before) and when some people in the audience (who had already read the book) said they cried when reading it, I scoffed.
|Bunker and Julie|
That evening, when she read a chapter of the book, I cried (said she who scoffed way too early).
This book is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. One, it is skillfully arranged and beautifully written. Julie cleverly uses flashbacks, along with pairing her healing with the newborn puppy's struggles. Barton was abused by her older brother, resulting in her becoming depressed. When she got a golden puppy named Bunker Hill, she started getting better.
Also, this book was first published by a one-man publishing house (in his basement? in a shed in his backyard? I'm not sure). It had such high sales, Medicine Dog was picked up by Random House-Penguin, one of the big five in the publishing world.
So. A young girl can emerge from the abyss that is depression (with a handsome blonde at her side). And a little book?
Well, a little book can explode...