I commented on Instagram last night that Love Unleashed will make dog lovers smile. I smiled often as I read this book, and gushed over how cute all the dogs looked in their photos. But I was often overwhelmed with sadness when I read about the hard lives some of these animals had before finding their forever homes. That sadness was brief, however, because the bulk of each story focused on leading up to their happy endings.
Here’s a glimpse at the dogs featured in Love Unleashed:
- Louboutina, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to give hugs to everyone she meets.
- Hooch, a French Mastiff mix who survived abuse and later earned the American Humane Hero Dog Award for his work as a therapy dog for abused, special needs, and autistic children.
- Freya, a Pit Bull once known as the ‘World’s Loneliest Dog,’ who found her forever home after being given a role in a movie.
- Tuna, a Chiweenie famous for his distinctive, toothy grin.
These are just a few examples of the 38 dogs featured in this book… and I fell in love with every single one of them! Each story is accompanied by a few photographs, all of which are simply beautiful.
I could easily have read this book in a single sitting, but I enjoyed it so much that I was reluctant to reach the end. Instead, I read a few stories each day for a week… drawing it out as long as I could. I have no doubt that I’ll pull this one off the shelf many times in the future, just so I can fall in love with these dogs all over again.
Between the beautiful photographs and uplifting stories in Love Unleashed, I think it’s a safe bet that any dog lover would be proud to own this book!
Author: Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Title: Love Unleashed: Tales of Inspiration and the Life-Changing Power of Dogs
Genre: Nonfiction, Dogs, Essays
Publication Date: March 6, 2018 by National Geographic Society
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
A book for dog lovers everywhere. Celebrating the amazing relationships shared with our four-legged friends, each story recounts the love of dogs and the powerful ways dogs impact our lives.
In this heartwarming collection of stories, readers meet 38 incredible dogs who have gone above and beyond the job description of best friend. Each uplifting story provides an inspiring look at the animals who change our lives. Meet rescue dogs who learn to serve others, working dogs who go beyond the call of duty, and underdogs who surmount extraordinary challenges on the road to finding their forever home. This treasury of man’s best friend features photographs and personal anecdotes from those who have been touched by the selfless love of a beloved pet.
About the Author
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer who specializes in celebrity and lifestyle coverage, but who also loves dogs and telling stories about amazing animals. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Adweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan and a founding director of the Deja Foundation, devoted to funding the medical care and training costs of dogs rescued from high-kill shelters.
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