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Book Review: Living with the Rescues

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Book: Living with the Rescues: Life Lessons and Inspirations

Author: Sharon Langford

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press

DogTipper Review: Author Sharon Langford has written a beautiful book about the dogs in her life, all rescues, and the important things she has learned from them. Each of the book’s sixteen chapters recount the story of a different dog, how they came into her life, their challenges and triumphs, and the wisdom they imparted to her.

Most of her dogs were rescued from grim situations and all were needy in their own ways: Hannah, the Collie who was terrified of thunderstorms and other loud noises, Barney the feral Hound mix with a vicious reputation and serious trust issues and Kellye, a senior Irish Setter who belied her age by escaping over a five-foot-high fence.

Langford has had as many as eight different dogs living with her at one time, somehow finding the time and energy to ensure that each individual dog’s needs are met. Despite her demanding job as CEO of a large real estate firm, her devotion to her special dogs  led her to do whatever necessary to help them lead happy, healthy lives.

Although the sacrifices she has made for her dogs are impressive, the book’s focus is on the reverse: the valuable “life lessons” the dogs have taught her. Each chapter ends with a statement of the wisdom a particular dog has imparted. Some of these include the importance of overcoming rigid beliefs, approaching life with strength, will, and tenacity, making the most of where you are, the importance of not comparing yourself to others, and the joy of finding life’s simple pleasures.

Each chapter also contains “Rescue Tips,” drawing on her wealth of experience with rescue dogs to offer valuable ideas for helping homeless pets. The author, a member of the board of directors at the Nashville Humane Association, has been acclaimed for her contributions to animal welfare, receiving a Metro Council Award and the Julia Colton Animal Welfare Award.

Living with the Rescues is elegantly printed on heavy gloss paper and is illustrated with numerous color photos of Langford’s dog buddies. It’s a quick read but you will find yourself returning to it frequently to be reinspired about the enriching experiences our dogs provide us and the lessons we can learn from them.

The book’s list price is  $19.95 and is available through major national booksellers. Paws up for Living with Rescues!

For a Paws Cause: The author is donating all proceeds from the book to canine rescue organizations through Daisy’s Legacy, a nonprofit she founded.

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Disclosure: We received a copy of Living with Rescues for review; we were not paid for our review and all statements are entirely our own.

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