I had expectations for this book. I bought it for my husband for Christmas, but truth be told; I was the one looking forward to reading it.
Just this year we brought into our very busy lives a pound pup. She was from the local Humane Society and she was found abandoned at 8 weeks in a ditch. (Who can do that???). We always knew that we wanted to add a dog to our family but my husband is the true "dog" person and he was leaning towards a breeder. Thankfully our 8 year old daughter consistently begged to visit the Humane Society. On this particular day, my husband was driving and he pulled in to appease her. Once they walked in the front doors they were greeted by the sight of a penned in area with a cute little puppy scrambling around trying to escape. The puppy ended up coming home with us and we named her Sadie. She has been the brightness in our family this year in a time when we needed it. We love her and she is now a part of our family.
So, knowing that this book was essentially about a relationship with a dog (or many) I was keen to jump into the story. It enveloped me. It consumed my husband first and he had a hard time trying not to look over my shoulder to experience along with me for the second time.
The Sawtelle dogs are special and so is this story. It is haunting, adventurous, suspenseful and inspiring. It is a coming of age story and a story about communicating...the many ways of communicating. This is a book that you don't want to put down, and one that you don't want to end. It is a book that I need to share. My high expectations were filled. Give it a go.