The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story

Ballantine. Nov. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780345531179. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780345545558. PETS
In this heartwarming story of love and redemption intertwined with a primer of author Katz's (The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family) philosophy of dog training, dogs and humans alike get second chances at life, love, and growth. A mistreated, abandoned, and seemingly untrainable former junkyard dog, Frieda is transformed into a docile family member through the persistence of a man who's in love with the woman who adopted the dog. This is also the story of how two broken individuals—Maria Wulf, a struggling, insecure artist whose marriage was falling apart and whose career was stalled, and Katz, aging, divorced, and battling his own demons of panic, depression, and self-doubt—found true love, healing, happiness, and a new outlook on life.
VERDICT This moving work is recommended for readers who want a true-life love story, for dog lovers seeking a book with a happy ending (the dog doesn't die!), for seniors who think that receiving a Medicare card means that love is out of the question, and for dog trainers who want to learn more about Katz's philosophy of dog training.

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