I love to read and I love dogs, so the bonus in life of reading a good book about a dog is just one of life's big pleasures. I’ve been volunteering at animal shelters for the last ten years. Some of my best moments are when I’m cleaning out cages, walking the dogs or just giving them a good shoulder hug!
“Marley and Me” and “Rescuing Sprite” are two of the more recent books on our glorious canine friends. One looked at the life of a mischievous dog and the other was the bio of a rescued dog. They were both beautiful non-fiction tales (with tails) that were written so wonderfully that they could have passed for some version of poetic fiction. Of course, the real reason why I loved them – I cried. Dog books always make me cry. If I don’t cry in a dog book, then there is something wrong with the book.
Duno clearly had one of those wake up and smell the coffee moments when he realized that the greatest dog story he had in him was his very own personal story. Duno met the puppy on a hill in
The overused term for a good read has usually been the go to line of “I couldn’t put it down.” In this case, that is true. I literally couldn’t put it down. I felt if I left the book I’d be missing out on a moment in my own life. Lou became my buddy. My friend. My companion.
Lou was a working dog. He managed to accomplish more in his 16 years of dog life than many humans accomplish in five dog lives. He built a huge vocabulary. He was heroic on more than one occasion. How often are we heroic? It’s the story of redemption for a dog and a man. This relationship is what relationships are about. Trust, loyalty, friendship, admiration, respect, honor.
Lou, would become one of the mighty dogs of all time. I don’t want to spoil the moments since each chapter gives the reader not just a good doggie tale, but it reaches deep into our hearts, minds and souls and delivers a story filled with purpose, meaning and love. Eventually, the lovable Louie tackles a rapist, befriends a homeless man, catches armed robbers, assists other dogs in becoming better dogs. He knows the meaning of words and hand signals. He comforts senior citizens and children. He is capable of great love and he was fortunate to receive great love.
Randy Alcorn wrote one of the definitive books on heaven and he lays out a couple of chapters on what the Bible says about animals and their existence in God’s eternal glory. Lou will be there. I never had the opportunity to meet Lou on this earth, but I have no doubt that I will meet him in the new earth which is where heaven will be located. The Bible says we will recognize those we encountered on earth. Well, I encountered Lou in a magnificent book and I look forward to our meet and greet.
Whether you like dogs or not, you must read this book. Seriously, go to Barnes & Noble, log onto Amazon, support the small book stores, visit your public library. You will not want to miss this book and I hope after you read it you will post your comment and then thank me for pushing this book on you. It’s a superb bio on the life of a gallant and dignified dog named Lou.
A part of you dies with Lou, but life does indeed go on. We all have a purpose.
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