Lily and the Octopus

IMG-1522For those who don’t know me, I’m a huge animal lover. I currently own (or am owned by) 4 cats and 3 dogs. But one is particularly close to me. My German Shepherd, Shyera, is my furbaby. She’s my best friend and an amazing dog. I honestly can’t imagine my life without her. So when Lily and the Octopus popped up on my book club list, I knew it was going to hit me hard. In fact, I’ve never had a book affect me so much.

In Lily and the Octopus, we’re introduced to Ted and his dachshund Lily. They have a routine and a close relationship. They even carry on conversations with one another. But in the midst of their day-to-day life, Ted notices an octopus on Lily’s head. How it suddenly came to be there, he doesn’t know but it’s there now and he must do something about it. Steven Rowley does an amazing job of bringing the reader into the struggles of trying to save the one you love from something that’s so hard to fight. How do you decide between what your heart wants and what is right? And how do you handle the consequences of your decision?

I’m not kidding guys. You will need boxes upon boxes of tissues. Lily and the Octopus explores all that it means to fall in love with a four-legged friend, to have them integrate themselves so completely into your life, and the trials and tribulations that come when an octopus decides to visit. I highly recommend picking this book up the next chance you get!

DSC_3157My puppy, Shyera

A Dog’s Purpose

7723542If you’ve watched any TV lately, you’ve probably seen a trailer for an upcoming movie titled A Dog’s Purpose. I have to tell you, that trailer made me laugh and cry all in the two minutes it lasts. Which of course, makes me want to go see the movie. But when I’d heard it was based off a book, I had to add it to my reading list.

Best. Decision. Ever.

This is by far one of the best books I’ve read recently. Part of that could because I’m an animal lover but another part of it is because this book is so well written. W. Bruce Cameron takes us on a rollercoaster of a ride starting with puppydom to adulthood and back again. Cameron spins a story of a dog that keeps being born, looking for his purpose in this crazy world. And with each birth, he finds it. From being a stray to a search and rescue, this canine finds its way in the world and then some.

A Dog’s Purpose pulls at your heartstrings and makes you bubble with laughter. I caught myself often wondering if this was how my dog saw the world. I warn you, if you pick this book up, have a box of tissues and a canine companion nearby. You will want nothing more than to snuggle into a dog while reading this charming novel.

Even knowing how it ends, I can’t wait to see the movie later this month. Maybe I’ll even pick up Cameron’s other book, A Dog’s Journey.