I urge you to check out a highly entertaining book by Laura Abbott, former managing editor of Amber Quill Press. Laura and I connected some time ago and have become writing pals—she has beta-read some of my work, and I did a critique of her new book, Kalli: A Spaniel’s life.
I recommend it highly. It’s a fun and touching story, and Laura is a terrific writer. Here’s the blurb from the Amazon page:
At just a few months old, Kalli arrived in her forever home—determined to train her new owners, Laura and Marc Abbott, to be perfect humans.
Brilliant, fearless, and displaying little patience for the antics of other dogs, she was always a spaniel with a mind of her own. Even in the face of obedience classes, the calculating canine was constantly plotting her next move, working the system in any way she possibly could.
But it wasn’t just Laura and Marc’s lives that Kalli changed forever. As a certified therapy dog, she helped teenage girls with substance abuse problems—and even assisted a young man as he learned to speak again in the wake of a stroke.
In Kalli: A Spaniel’s Life, you’ll discover the extraordinary story of this very special companion—from her adventures as a young puppy to her therapy work and the many people she touched throughout her life.
Featuring passages with Kalli’s personal thoughts and insights, this hilarious and heartfelt memoir also delves into the process of animal communication and how a beloved pet’s guidance continued to impact her owners even after the end of her earthly life.
You’ll be glad you read it.
For what it’s worth,
© 2016 Ray Rhamey