Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Review: My Life with George

My Life with George: What I Learned about Joy from One Neurotic (and Very Expensive) Dog is an endearing story about the influence a dog has on a family. Judith Summers and her son are devastated by the loss of some dear family members. In a short period of time, they both lose their fathers and Judith her husband and life partner. Not knowing how to fill the void in their lives, they seek out George an adorable and lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. George becomes a welcome addition to their family, even though he is what one would call, high maintenance. Refusing to eat dog food, George trains his owners to feed him chicken, he takes over furniture and beds, and then there are the ever increasing vet bills. My Life with George is a delightful tale of how our dogs take over not only our hearts but our lives.

This memoir was enjoyable to read, it was plain to see how George wiggled himself into the center of this family. Judith Summers was honest in her portrayal of the upheaval of one's social life that a pampered pooch can create. My Life with George provided moments of laughter and moments of tears. All the great moments a reader looks for in a good book!

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