Love at First Bark by Julie Klam

I might as well say this up front.

I am not a dog person.


I said it.

I am… a cat person.

Having said that, I absolutely had no trouble identifying with Julie Klam and her novel about rescue dogs and how they have affected her life. You see, I have a rescue kitty and he is the apple of my eye, the yin to my yang, my sweetest most loving baby kitty ever:

Oh yes, he is. He’s my sweet baby boy, yes he is! 

There is something special about dogs, or, I like to think all animals (hello! cat person!), which Klam highlights in her sweet collection of stories about three of the rescue animals she has had a part in saving. And from my own experience? I think there is something extra special about rescued animals. And I tell you what, before the end of the first story, Klam had me wanting to adopt the dog, Morris, she was trying to save. Julie, and her husband Paul, found Morris tied up on a New York City street. It turned out he had been tied there all day (it was around 3:00), he had been in the sun all day, and he had gone all day without water. And he was a complete sweetheart. His only “fault?” He was a pit bull. Did she save him? You’ll have to read to find out. Did he maybe save her a bit as well? Uh, ditto.

The last two stories focuses on Julie’s family’s experiences as a foster family for animals and on rescue efforts that continue in New Orleans. These dogs are the hard cases, the ones no one else wants to touch, and Julie and the people in New Orleans are saviors to these animals. The things these dogs go through, it’s no wonder Julie can’t walk away. I couldn’t either! But so many people do and it makes me so sad. I stand amazed at the love these people have and am so thankful they have the time and resources to do something. Seriously, after reading this book, if I had the time, money and resources to foster, I would do it. I have it in my plans for the future.

How about you? Dog lover? Cat lover? Any kind of animal you can get lover? Have you ever rescued an animal?

Thank you to the publisher for providing an advanced reader copy of this little gem. I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.


3 thoughts on “Love at First Bark by Julie Klam

  1. This book sounds wonderful; I am a cat person but love all animals.

    4 out of my 5 cats are rescue cats. I hadn't planned on keeping the last two but after bottle-feeding them and nursing them when they were sick, I bonded too much with them and couldn't give them up.

  2. I am an animal lover. My dad brought home quite a few dogs in his day to keep them from being euthanized. I used to joke that all our dogs were other people's rejects. But I agree with you – rescue animals make some of the best pets. I can't wait to read this book!

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