Jul 312021
 
Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love

Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love by Danielle Steel

In this funny, lovely, moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives and howthey become part of the family.

We meet Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the bassethound who was steadfastly at her side in her struggling days as a young writer. We also meet Sweet Pea – unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband – andall those lucky dogs who shared a household of nine children, other canines,and one potbellied pig. As Steel reflects on the beloved pets who have brought joy – and sometimes chaos – to her home through the years, she also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of bringing a new dog into a household,the challenges of housebreaking and compatibility, and the losses we feel forever.

Filled with colorful characters (human and otherwise), delightful photographs, practical wisdom drawn from long experience, and brimming with warmth and insight on every page, Pure Joy is a love letter to this special relationship – and one of the most charming books yet fromthe incomparable Danielle Steel.

Thoughts
I LOVE animals, especially dogs and cats, so I knew as soon as I saw this book that I’d be getting a copy.

This book is filled with the love that Danielle Steel (and her family) has for dogs. She has had a lot of dogs over the years, even a lot at one time. She and her husband had their own as did all of her children. She shares many stories from them and they are full of every emotion a person has when they love a dog. They bring us so much happiness, laughter, companionship, and comfort. And when we lose one it is a tremendous ache that, for me, never goes away. I still miss all the dogs I’ve lost over the years, especially my childhood dog (an American Eskimo) and Patches (my soulmate dog) who I lost in 2015.

I enjoyed reading (listening) to this book and learned some things that I didn’t know, like the do’s and don’ts when flying with a dog, which I will probably never do but I enjoyed learning about.

I’ve been a fan of Danielle Steel books since the early 70’s and I loved getting to know the dog lover behind the books. I’ve read some reviews that stated this book wasn’t what they expected compared to her other books, but you have to remember this isn’t fiction, it’s a memoir about her life with dogs. I think anyone who loves dogs or animals in general will enjoy it.

This book is funny, touching, and also sad at times. I loved it!

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  10 Responses to “Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love by Danielle Steel”

  1. Well I may have to check that boook out as it doesn’t sound like I’d cry all the way through. I too love dogs and I get what you are saying about Patches. Aja was our heart dog. We love Loki but there will never be another as specail as Aja.

    Great review!

    • I feel the same way, Patches was my shadow for 18 years, always by my side other than when she went outside with my husband. I love Kaiyo so much and can’t imagine my life without her, but she doesn’t have to be by my side every min. I think everyone who has had a few dogs has one that they were more bonded with.

  2. I am a sucker for a dog story and if it’s true, even better! They bring such joy to our lives.

  3. I’m a dog lover as well. This sounds like a good listen!

  4. Sounds like a delightful read.

  5. Oh this sounds wonderful though I suspect I would sob all the way through it! I so miss having a dog though our pre-pandemic life wasn’t ideal for one and at some point we will go back to traveling but I do miss them.

    • It was a little sad but it didn’t make me cry. I’ve had a pet of some kind almost 100% of the time since I was a child. I don’t like being without one

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