Mill Valley, California (PRWEB) February 25, 2008
Never destined to have human children, a northern California couple put their hearts and souls into a series of five Brittanys, dogs known for their sensitive, agile and indefatigable traits. In his latest book, Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs, columnist William Buchanan recounts the joy, challenge and sorrow of the five furry souls that owned him and his wife through the years.
How many dogs have climbed the north side of 14,162 ft. Mt. Shasta? Or spent a week plying the fjords of British Columbia in an ocean-going canoe, or eight days and a hundred miles across the Ontario canoe country? Or skiing and backpacking in the Sierra Nevadas and Cascades? Or actually getting to hunt? Or having the pleasure of knowing what it is your owners want you to do because they trained you properly? Or getting the requisite quotient of racing around like a wild coyote in the hills every day rain or shine, instead of sitting in the back yard like lawn furniture? Charles Gusewelle, an award-winning columnist for the Kansas City Star said it best: "It's an endlessly repeated story ... But William Buchanan tells it with uncommon freshness and feeling."
In this book we meet:
Red, whose life began as a worm-and-flea infested puppy, only to grow into a gentleman dog who is missed to this day; Max, an alpha male whose Dennis the Menace type antics earned him three obedience classes and plenty of outdoor action on canoes, hiking trails and -- eventually -- an untimely death; Blazer, a sweet little cousin of Max, whose love of the hiking trail endeared him to Claire and William, as well as his responsive, snuggly, enthusiastic ways; Joey, companion to a geriatric Blazer, whose perky arrival at the Buchanan's helped ease the pain caused by Blazer's failing health, and; Brady, brought into the Buchanan house as a way to heal the grieving Joey, whose precious self brightened everyone's life -- and reminded Claire of her beloved Blazer.
Written for for those who love dogs, Fur Kids is a heartfelt "chienmoir" -- a story of a man, a woman and their dogs.
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