Charlie: A Love Story by Barbara Lampert
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Langdon Street Press(January 16, 2012)
Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and the author, Barbara Lampert. It takes place in Malibu, California. When Charlie turned eleven years old and started having some health problems, a journal Barbara was keeping about her garden quickly became mostly about Charlie. Charlie: A Love Story is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And as a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, Barbara brings that sensibility and understanding to Charlie’s story as well. Charlie was Barbara’s loyal confidante and best friend. He was indomitable, had a zest for life and an uncanny emotional intelligence. Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about an extraordinary dog and an extraordinary relationship.
WOW!! This book was so close to home it was a little freaky. So many things about Barbara & Charlie’s relationship are the same in my relationship with my dog baby Patches. She called Charlie puppy. I call my dog puppy. Charlie had to be near her and touch her. Patches always sits practically on top of my with her paw on my leg. I could go on and on. Patches is just now starting to show signs of getting old, like brown spots, not wanting to play as much and being a pickier eater. Same as Charlie. Barbara’s account of her last few months with Charlie made me smile, laugh, cry, and hug my dog a little tighter. I know how much she loved Charlie because that’s as much as I love Patches. This was the most honest, touching books about a relationship with a dog that I’ve ever read. I loved this book and even though it made me cry like a baby, I will be reading it again. I’m sure when the time comes that I’m dreading so much, this book will be a comfort to me. Highly recommended to anyone who loves or is close to their dog.
Meet The Author:
Barbara Lampert is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships. She’s been in private practice in Brentwood, California for over twenty years. She considers her work a calling and loves what she does. She has a doctorate in medical sociology and two master’s degrees – one in psychology and one in sociology. Barbara has adored dogs her whole life. They’re her passion! She notes that for a lot of people, their dogs are their best friends. She loves helping people know that’s ok – that a soul-satisfying relationship may be found with any being and needs to be treasured. Besides her love of dogs, Barbara is an avid gardener and finds herself gardening in much of her spare time. She sees her garden as a work of art. She loves being in nature – the miracle of growth, the ever-changing landscape, its beauty. Today Barbara lives happily in Malibu, California with her husband David (married twenty-eight years!) and their six-year-old Golden Retriever, Harry. Barbara hopes that Charlie: A Love Story will be a tribute not only to a magnificent dog but to all dogs everywhere.
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