Need something to read this holiday weekend?
I finished reading a PAWSOME book this week! If you love puppies (and who doesn’t?) you will love this book. Let the Dogs Speak! Puppies in Training Tell the Story of Canine Companions for Independence® by Marianne McKiernan was a complete delight to read. I’ll be honest, I had my doubts when I started the book. For some reason, I just wasn’t completely sold on it. About 10 pages in, I couldn’t put it down.
Unfortunately, my review isn’t going to be as thorough as I had hoped. That just means you all have to read it for yourselves! If you have ever had an adolescent dog, you know how lovely they can be. My husband stopped home to grab some lunch and sent me this picture.
My book, Nick’s book, and all of my notes were shredded.
Thank, Atka. You’re so much help.
I will say, it was a longer day than usual for him. But even this is a new low! I’m still not sure how he got these two books without even shifting any of the other books on the bookshelf. Thankfully, I had already finished reading the book. Don’t worry, I ordered a new copy so I would still have one 🙂 After reading the book, I feel like Marianne McKiernan would get a chuckle out of this.
Back to the book.
Marianne McKiernan and her husband John have been raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence since October 2001. Since then they have raised eight pups! Plus, they have family dogs and cats as well. I want to hang out at their house! Marianne was looking for a way to help attract more attention to CCI so she started “The Dog Blog”. It was so successful she decided to edit it and turn it into a heartfelt book. On top of everything she already does, Marianne is also a three time Emmy award-winning producer. She is pawsome!
What really helped to tie the book together were the adorable illustrations created by Penny Blankenship. People that have such wonderful artistic abilities make me so jealous 😉
Let the Dogs Speak! is told through the point of view of four CCI puppies: Hudson, Parker, Ross, and Mars. They definitely made the book stand out from anything else I have read. They are witty, sweet, and absolutely heart-warming. The puppies take you through the ups and downs of raising service dogs and let you in on trying aspects of their lives. As silly as this sounds, I feel like I have a better understanding of my dogs now. It gave me a new way of thinking.
I have always contemplated raising a service dog one day, but after reading this book I am dead set on it. I think Nick is getting annoyed with me talking nonstop about it 😉 My biggest worry about puppy raising was having to give the puppy up after 16-18 months. I get attached so easily and was afraid I would melt every time. The puppies discuss how hard it is for their puppy raisers to give them back to CCI, but the feeling of seeing your pup change another person’s life changes your own life. I feel like the book shows you the good, the bad, and the ugly of puppy raising, but it’s worth every second.
After finishing the book, I immediately went to the CCI website to find out specific requirements of puppy raising. Don’t be surprised if you do the same after reading! I haven’t even told you the most amazing part about this book. Marianne McKiernan donates 100% of her author royalties to Canine Companions for Independence. It really doesn’t get more dedicated than that.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to absolutely everyone. It is the perfect and most delightful summer read.
My poor, poor book. Can’t wait to receive my new one! It will be stored on a higher bookshelf 😉