My heart beats dog.® It beats dog so much that it is my trademarked slogan and is permanently tattooed on my arm. Faithfully Yours, the new book about the bond we share with animals, beats with that very same rhythm. If you love animals, stories that are uplifting about them, and enjoy curling up with short stories that resonate to your dog-loving heart: Peggy Frezon wants you in her pack. This is a dog book but so much more.
Faithfully Yours is the latest in a long line of animal-themed selections from the prose-wielding keyboard of Peggy Frezon. Frezon is no stranger to the keystrokes on this blog: We are longtime fans, have read her books, and so it was with eager anticipation that we spent a large part of our Easter weekend reading her latest offering.
The human-animal bond is a very special one, and those of us who are fortunate to walk life’s path with a dog, cat, rabbit, horse, and so on…by our side…are blessed. Frezon knows this and she wants you to embrace it. And oh how you shall.
I try to stay away from books where the dog dies. I don’t want to foresee an ending and then tear up for days and weeks after every time I think of that sad goodbye. I’ve faced that heartbreaking fate in my own life with a dog…and I will again.
Faithfully Yours celebrates the bond that people share with their pets and showcases story after story to induce the warm fuzzies. Cases in point:
Growing up, I was slim; however, like many women, I battled with “baby weight,” even after my kids were grown and on their own. I’d lose a few pounds, then put back on five. I’d gain a few more. Then I discovered my dog was overweight, too.
The author gets it. In this chapter on healing, she explores why her dog was heavy, what she did about it, and how she bonded with her dog even more through their weight battles. I really got into this section because I could relate to it so very much. My dog and I lost weight together in our lives.
One summer, Lulu and her family were visiting a campground. Lulu had been napping when she heard a crash in the hall. She trotted over to find her owner sprawled out on the floor, unconscious.
Lulu, by the way is a pig.
Frezon touches on a variety of animals in this book: Dogs to cats, miniature horses and even whales, with something for everyone in between.
If you love animals, are looking for a good weekend read, a book to gift someone, and a lovely coffee table collection of stories that guests will page through, grab a copy of Faithfully Yours by Peggy Frezon. And then hug your dogs, cats, bunnies…
We’re giving one copy away to a Fidose of Reality follower. Simply enter below. And good luck!
Tell us the name of a pet who has made a difference in your life in the comments below.
US only, please; must be 18 or older. One entry per person.
Winner will be drawn at random on April 11, 2016.
Winner is Christine Aiello!