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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Weekends With Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell

Sharron Kahn Luttrell
Gallery Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Weekends With Daisy turned out to be a great way to start a new year! The premise is pretty simple. Missing her German Shepherd, Sharron Kahn Luttrell was uncertain she was really ready to bring a new dog into her home, but she also longed for the companionship a dog provides. I totally understand that. While her children in this memoir are younger than mine, I understand that children do reach an age where "mom" is no longer needed every hour of the day, and the void isn't a lot of fun.

In Luttrell's case, she came across a weekend trainer for service dogs. While inmates train and care for the dogs during the week, people are needed to help socialize and introduce the dogs to a range of experiences on the weekends. Figuring this was a great way to have a puppy on a part-time basis, Luttrell signed up and was approved as a weekend trainer. The resulting memoir recounts her experiences from the very first day to the moment she meets the person who receives the companion dog. Sure there are hurdles along the way, but that's all part of life.

Some books catch my eye simply because of the cover art. Who can resist the adorable face of a puppy? I know I couldn't. I was rewarded with a book that had me snickering from time to time, nodding my head in agreement other times, and even shedding a tear or two. I'm glad this was the book I started off the year with. It's uplifting, emotional, and definitely left me feeling content that I'd picked very, very well.

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