Something’s Lost and Must be Found
by Lisa Begin-Kruysman
Non-Fiction, Animal Care & Pets, Dogs
Currently boasting 37 Five Star Reviews on Amazon! Recently nominated as a “give-away” for World Book Night by an avid dog-book reader.
The seven short tales in this collection were written by a dog-lover to be enjoyed by those who cherish or are guardians of man’s best friends. Each story stands alone, connected only by a theme of things “lost and found.” In each instance characters find resolution through the help of some search and rescue dogs of the soul; a mother coping with a tragic loss, a father trying to reconnect with his son, a teen-age girl dealing with some weighty issues, a jobless young man attempting to regain his humanity, a single woman searching for self-worth, and a loyal dog-owner watching over his beloved dog that is searching for his “true and happy home.”
These stories evoke that feeling a human gets when after letting a dog off-leash to run freely, their best furry friend returns for a mini-reunion, requesting to be led back home. At that moment all is right in the world. Even those who aren’t among the legion of dog-loving Americans can make a personal connection with these stories, one that resonates in some area of their life.
I am a pushover for animal stories–especially good ones. I absolutely loved and connected with the first few stories in the book. I loved to see how the dogs opened up wonderful words for people, and it was neat to see the true bond between the dogs and people. I almost hoped that the stories were real. They seemed to be, so I was pretty excited to keep reading.
Until I got to the story about the man in Mexico–The Happiest Dog Hotel. I was enjoying this story, too, until the man died and went to the afterlife. I felt that this story pushed into uncharted territory that did not make sense. I don’t read paranormal–that is true. But it would have been much nicer if the story had ended a little differently since all the other stories left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling. This story did not. I also noticed that this story was where profanity began to show up a little bit more. Thankfully it was not too rampant, but this story was the fly in the ointment for me.
I enjoyed the writing style of this author, and thankfully, the book was an easy read. If you love animals, this will be a big hit with you!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I was not financially compensated in any way.
Guest Post by Author Lisa Begin-Kruysman