This is one of the best dog books I have read in a while. The author's sense of humor shines through as she tells her family's tale of tackling the very serious problem of an aggressive dog, with the help of a dedicated, but overworked rescue owner. The uneventful beginning doesn't even hint at what's to come:
"The initial greeting is encouraging. We put both dogs on leash and escort them out back. Lucky wags his tail and sniffs Honeybun's bottom, the dog equivalent to a handshake. Honeybun stiffens, ears flattened and tail erect, but then largely ignores him. I had read that it is wise to keep new dogs leashed for a few days before trusting them free together. However, anyone can immediately see they are becoming fast friends. Oh true, some folks may have been more cautious and listened to the experts. This is exactly why I accomplish so much, with my goals quickly determined, and swiftly reached. Occasionally, this involves skipping a few steps. I unerringly discern which are the crucial steps to skip, particularly in areas like this, where I have not the slightest bit of experience or knowledge to hamper me."
Not only does Honeybun later prove to be problematic in the behavioral department, she's comandeered the family's schedule and is draining the budget with her myriad of health issues:
"I email Malta and iron out the details. Will plans to pick Honeybun up Monday, take her to the vet Tuesday, and return her Wednesday. I can't do it all by myself, with my teaching schedule and how far away the vet is. Fortunately, Malta's farm and her vet are very close to each other and Will works in Charlotte, very near me, every day this week. Malta insists it will be no problem for him to swing by. It is yet another one of God's incredible marvels of cosmic engineering, though I am still wondering why He feels the need to throw in that anal problem. Honestly, would it really disrupt His grand scheme for one more dog to be able to express her own anal glands? I suppose this is a problem for greather theologians than me."
There are many more brilliant quotes that I would like to share, but I don't want to even hint at the ending, which is a grand one. HoofPrints is selling this book for more than the suggested retail, with the difference going directly to the rescue that made such an enormous impact on this family's life.