Title: Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself
Author: Julie Klam
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Essay
Rating: 4 out of 5
After her memoir You Had Me At Woof, Julie Klam is back with an all new set of essays about her work with dog rescue, and how helping animals has changed her life forever.
Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself is a slip of a book, not even two hundred pages, but it is packed with warmth, emotion, and complete, unceasing, and unconditional love. Klam’s devotion to her own animals, as well as those she works with, is incredible and permeates the entire book. Her compassion for dogs humbled me; even as I’d say to the book, “No, Julie, you CANNOT take another dog into your small New York City apartment!”, she would find a way to make it work because she’s that devoted.
While I do love dogs, I’m not really an animal person, but that doesn’t matter for Klam’s memoirs. Her books are about people, rather than telling the story of animals. These are true memoirs about her experiences – Klam discusses how a small dog named Clementine with a neurological disorder changed her life, rather than about how she changed Clemmie’s, and I loved that. The most interesting essay was about Klam’s vacation to New Orleans, and how she worked with the dog rescue there. Part of me was flabbergasted that she would choose to continue her volunteer work on vacation when it’s a huge part of her life at home, but I loved her selflessness and determination to help all the dogs she could.
If I have one complaint about Love at First Bark, it’s that it’s too short! There could easily have been three more essays in this collection, more details of Klam’s memories and experiences with dog rescue. Even as it is, though, this is an essay collection worth reading. It would make the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life.