Love at First Bark by Julie Klam
How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself

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The bestselling memoirist shows how saving a dog can sometimes help you save yourself.

Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth-as no other writer can. In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, she shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting, pop culture-infused amalgam of humor and poignancy that reached the The New York Times and the Today show and won the hearts of readers across the country, she returns with more humorous insight into life with canine companions.

Klam focuses here on dog rescue, and its healing power not only for the dogs who are cared for and able to find good homes, but also for the people who bond with these animals. Klam became involved with rescue after years as an owner of purebred dogs. She was looking for a way to help and participate in a community, but she never imagined just how much she would receive in return. The dogs she has rescued through the years have filled her life with laughter and contentment, sorrow and frustration, and they have made certain that she never has a dull moment. Along the way, she has collected stories from friends who have also found that guiding dogs to nurturing homes made their own lives richer. These experiences, which show us that even in our smallest gestures we can make a big difference, inspired Love at First Bark.


About Julie Klam

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JULIE KLAM grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU 's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, The New York Times Magazine, and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She married the show's producer, Paul Leo. They live with their daughter and three dogs in Manhattan.
Published October 18, 2011 by Riverhead Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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One does not have to be a dog owner to cringe at the image of cigarette burn marks on Morris’ paw or to understand how helping this sweet dog brought Klam and her husband closer together.

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Their adventures include rescuing a pit bull Paul finds tied to a neighborhood street sign, fostering an adorable but un-housebroken dog with neurological problems, and chasing a dog with a jar stuck on his head through the streets and swamps of post-Katrina Louisiana.

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(They ate beignets and heard music in the city too, but the trip was largely about the dog.) If you’re a dog lover or a dog rescuer, this book is as much of a love letter to you as it is to the dogs she describes.

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