You Had Me at Woof

You Had Me at Woof

How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness

Book - 2010
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The hilarious and heartfelt chronicle of a woman learning the secrets of love, health, and happiness from some very surprising teachers: her dogs.

Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. And then it happened. She met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love.

You Had Me at Woof is the often hilarious and always sincere story of how one woman discovered life's most important lessons from her relationships with her canine companions. From Otto, Julie realized what it might feel like to find "the one." She learned to share her home, her heart, and her limited resources with another, and she found an authentic friend in the process. But that was just the beginning. Over the years her brood has grown to one husband, one daughter, and several Boston terriers. And although she had much to learn about how to care for them-walks at 2 a.m., vet visits, behavior problems-she was surprised and delighted to find that her dogs had more wisdom to convey to her than she had ever dreamed. And caring for them has made her a better person-and completely and utterly opened her heart. Riotously funny and unexpectedly poignant, You Had Me at Woof recounts the hidden surprises, pleasures, and revelations of letting any mutt, beagle, terrier, or bulldog go charging through your world.

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Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781594487767
Branch Call Number: 615.85158
Characteristics: 228 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 12, 2018

Delightful writing, flows; depth of insight by the author, charming examples; attentive to the details of living with dogs.

Sep 04, 2018

Charming and funny, and sobering at times. Klam's memoir of some of the most important dogs in her life, along with her long experience working with a dog rescue organization offers many "lessons" and memorable anecdotes. Overall, the message resonates that "I am richer in every way because of the dogs that I've known."

bibliotechnocrat Sep 03, 2015

Okay, so the adorable dog on the cover drew me in. Poor Otto - Klam's first dog - launches the author's life-long interest in dogs and dog rescue, though he is hardly the focus of the narrative. Klam proves to be a rather delightfully neurotic Boston Terrier lover; her experiences illustrate the maxim that the love you put out there comes back tenfold. The tone of the book is mostly bemused, but there are surprising moments of poignancy too. A fun read.

Oct 04, 2014

This is a sweet, funny book! I recommend it to all animal lovers!

Bibliothekarin_1 Oct 03, 2013

Wonderful book for dog lovers

Jan 03, 2013

Such a great book for any dog lover, especially if you are fond of Bostons :)

May 19, 2011

An absolutely adorable book. I recommend this to any dog lover.

Mar 22, 2011

This is a great book for dog lovers and really anyone who loves their pet as part of their family.

Jan 18, 2011

A sentimental read for dog lovers only - others may miss the point of Julie's love and devotion to Boston Terriers. Includes useful tips on dog care.

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

Poignant tales about caring for rescued Boston terriers.


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