Can you believe it's September already? The Summer definitely flew by at LHBW headquarters, but was full of pawsome events and paw-sitively fabulous memories! We're sad to see Summer go but ready to get our Pumpkin Spice Lattes and big sweaters on!! And with the beginning of Fall comes the last installment in Little Holly's Big Book Club, but first, of course, a wrap up of last month's book.
Julie Klam's You Had Me At Woof was poignent, heartbreaking, and hilarious. I have to admit, there was a point when I had to step away from it for a bit when she was discussing animal loss, as it is a feeling any animal lover has been through and Julie's depiction of her own loss is quick to bring those memories and fear back. Still, her subsequent chapter on loss felt especially needed as a reminder that all the indescribable pain that one goes through when losing a pet is more than made up for by that animal's time with us, no matter how short. Since Holly had lost a dear friend too soon earlier in the month (a friend's rescue Chihuahua crossed the rainbow bridge unexpectedly), this was a particularly fitting lesson for the month.
That said, the book is not for the faint of heart (or those with a shortage of tissues). Julie delves into the more graphic parts of pet ownership with detailed honesty, and some of the scenes can be difficult to bear. Still, those moments were so outweighed by the joyous, laugh out loud funny, and completely relatable tales of her life as a foster and rescue mom, much like those moments in our own pet's lives ultimately outweigh the pain of their loss. I would definitely recommend the book for an adult dog loving friend, particularly one dealing with the recent loss of a beloved pet.
Up next is a classic tale of a man's journey to discover America, pooch at his side, John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley. Largely regarded (at least in my circle) as one of the most iconic pup related books in modern literature.
The story goes that Steinbeck, feeling out of sorts in his later years, felt that the root of his issues came from losing touch with America. With that in mind, he packed his beloved standard poodle, Charley up with him and set off on a cross-country journey to reconnect with this nation. Though the legitimacy of some of the meetings have come into question, the book is still much beloved, and I am looking forward to reading it with all of you.
Until Next Time, Darlings!