It was always nice to get a great little dog who was easy to adopt out, but the special ones – the old ones, the sick ones, the blind and deaf ones the pregnant ones – they really needed someone to help them. – from Love at First Bark –
Julie Klam is a sucker for dogs. But not just any dogs. She is drawn to the abandoned, the needy, the unruly and the incontinent. In short, she loves the dogs who need her the most. In her second memoir about her life with dogs, Klam offers up several true to life adventures about dog rescue.
Love at First Bark is a slim, very funny look at what it means to foster and adopt fur children. I used to foster German Shepherds for GSD Rescue of Northern California – and much of what Klam writes had me nodding my head in agreement because dogs who find their way into rescue are often the most difficult and the most loveable. But between the lines which made me chuckle, there are some poignant moments: the pit bull who is found tied to a lamp post with cigarette burns to the tops of his feet, the abandoned and starving dogs left behind in Katrina’s wake, and the young pup who suffered for days with a jar on his head because of the cruelty of some kids.
What Klam does so well is to lace her book with humor while still revealing the tragedy of abandoned and unwanted animals. She also reveals what dogs bring to our lives – the chance to mend a broken relationship, the opening of our hearts for someone less fortunate than ourselves, and unconditional love (and kisses) just for being there.
I read this book in just a few short hours and enjoyed it. Readers who love animals (especially dogs) will see themselves in Klam’s book.
FTC Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher who provided me with a review copy of this book.