Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Big Little Life...

I've very quickly realized that during Astrea's hour of shadow chasing I've managed to read a lot. I spoiled myself by purchasing a Nook and I've made it through more books than I should probably admit. My first purchase was A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz. One of my best childhood friends introduced me to Dean Koontz when were in the fourth grade. I realize now, fourth graders should not be reading Dean Koontz - unless it's this book. As soon as I started reading I was hooked and took a little more than a day to finish. "A Big Little Life" was a wonderful tribute to Koontz dog Trixie that of course, had me sobbing by the end. There was one particular passage that struck me, and I'm sure a lot of you can relate so I wanted to share it here...

When we have the deepest of affection for a dog, we do not possess that love but are possessed by it, and sometimes it takes us by surprise, overwhelms us. When we take a dog into our lives, we ask for its trust, and the trust is freely given. We promise, I will always love you and bring you through troubled times. This promise is sincerely, solemnly made. But in the dog’s life as in our own, there come those moments when we are not in control, when we are forced to acknowledge our essential helplessness. To want desperately to protect a dog and to have to trust instead in others – even a fine surgeon – compels us to yield to the recognition of the limits of the human condition, about which we daily avoid consideration. Looking into the trusting eyes of the dog, which feels safe in our care, and knowing that we do not deserve the totality of its faith in us, we are shaken and humbled.

I'm trying to limit the number of animal related books I read because they always get me crying, but I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story about a man and his dog...

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