4 out of 4 stars
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When Charlie Cameron sold the shy quiet dog to Naomi, she had no idea about the traits that the little pup would portray later in its life. All she did was follow her heart’s voice, which opened the gates of her life to a new furry companion, Luke. What could Luke and Naomi accomplish together? What would their journey look like, considering that Naomi was more accustomed to raising horses than dogs?
Away To Me, My Love: A Sheepdog’s Tale of Two Lives by Naomi McDonald chronicles a real-life story about the author and Luke, the little pup mentioned above. Together, they would experience a journey like no other. It opened Naomi’s life to some realities of life that she could have never imagined. The story revolves around their life in their home/farm, the training that Luke went through to perfect his herding skills, and the dog clinics and competitions that they participated in.
Throughout the book, I could feel the deep connection between Naomi and her lovely dog that she fondly referred to as ‘handsome man’. This began even before the two of them met. During a phone call between Charlie and Naomi (before she even saw the dog), Charlie explained that the little pup was a bit disadvantaged in terms of possessing the herding skills that many shepherds look for, citing that the puppy was shy and quiet. In contrast, there was another dog that possessed most of those skills, but Naomi firmly stated, “I want the shy one.” In the beginning, I felt as if this part of the book was a bit exaggerated but towards the end, I could see why she had some extraordinary deep affection towards the little pup. I understood that sometimes we may never understand our actions but if we remain patient and open to all kinds of possibilities, everything ends up making sense.
I loved how Naomi McDonald gave a complete picture of her life since her childhood through many difficulties into adulthood, to finding a husband, Mac, whom they could build a beautiful home together. I particularly appreciated that she gave some fine details about how her farm, her career as a horse trainer, and how acquiring Luke affected her view of life. I followed her transformation from a woman who was full of self-doubt and insecure to someone who could stand on her own and confront whatever challenges life threw her way. For instance, she was able to confront one of her haters, Bart Bromstead, who had previously tormented her through his reckless words.
This book is not only for dog lovers but also for everyone who loves to read books about the journey to self-discovery and awakening. There is a paranormal aspect of the book. Therefore, if you do not like books that have such this one is not for you. The book has some minor profanity. It is professionally edited. Since there was nothing that I disliked about Away To Me, My Love: A Sheepdog’s Tale of Two Lives, I gave it a perfect rating: 4 out of 4 stars.
Away To Me, My Love
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