4 out of 4 stars
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Romancing the Dog is a gripping, entertaining, and informative dog memoir written by Marion Zola. It takes us through how the author and her husband, Sam, strove to make Chips happy, a Tibetan Terrier she adopted from a pound. Making a dog adjust from a life in pet rescue homes to the new life in their adopter's home can be a very challenging experience, not only to the dog himself but also to the owners who have adopted him. This is because these pound dogs usually have pre-existing conditioning, often vaguely known, requiring the new owners to apply various sets of skills to successfully transition them into the new life. This interesting memoir takes us through the day-to-day activities the middle-aged couple engaged in to incorporate Chips into their lives and offer him the best life he could ever have.
I liked the fact that Romancing the Dog is captivating from its beginning until the end. Readers are immediately immersed in the author's outstanding storytelling ability and evident passion for dogs, radiating throughout this interesting dog memoir. She's descriptive and did an exceptional job of capturing even the tiniest of details about their life with Chips. I couldn't help but deduce how keenly the author had been observing their day-to-day lives with him, and this is something readers will openly see. The trio's bond is also admirable and contagious, and I ended up fully immersed in their lives, sharing with them every moment they had. Additionally, from studying the dog's behavior and her first-hand experience with him, she managed to capture every emotion in such an exceptional way that will be really informative to dog lovers. All this enhanced my enjoyment of this book, and for readers looking for a hands-on guide to living their pets, especially dogs, this is an indispensable read.
What I liked the most about this book was the author's approach to living with Chips. As opposed to many dog owners, she treated him respect, care, and high levels of dignity. As a matter of fact, the author seemed to believe that dogs should not be owned, gauged by how she would quote “owner” whenever she used it in the phrase “dog owners”. She, instead, seemed to subscribe to the belief that a dog should be treated like a friend, reasoned with, and communicated with as one having feelings and capable of learning and understanding. She maintained this atmosphere throughout the book, and this could be seen through her various actions. Those, together with the author's transparency and evident passion for dogs, made me enjoy this book more.
All in all, I didn't find anything to dislike about this book. I believe it was professionally edited since I found just one minor error. The error is not distracting, and I'm, therefore, glad to award Romancing the Dog by Marion Zola 4 out 4 stars.
I highly recommend it for pet lovers, especially dog lovers, for there is a lot of hands-on information they can obtain from this. I also recommend it for men and women who tirelessly spend their lives rescuing stray pets and positioning them so that they can find a decent home. Veterinary professionals such as animal behaviorists, among others, will also love this. This book contains only minor profanity and has no erotic content. This makes it suitable for a wide range of audiences, including children. On the other hand, with the exception of those who are not into dogs and memoirs, I can't find anyone to caution against picking this.
Romancing The Dog
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