Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Moving Memoir: A Three Dog Life

I just finished reading a moving memoir called "a Three Dog Life"  by Abigail Thomas. I don't usually read memoirs, but the dog part of it drew me in. It was well-worth it. I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you know someone dealing with someone else who has a severe illness, or someone who lost someone they love. It lets others know  that they're not alone in what they feel and how they deal with these issues.
  It's about a 63 year old woman who took comfort in living with her dogs after her husband suffered a massive head injury from being hit by a car. The husband was in care facilities for many years - while Abbie (the wife) took comfort in her dogs and little things.
 - It really conveys the way we think and react to things. I highly recommend it.  My heart goes out to Abbie, and I was comforted to know that she realized how healing it is to have the love of canine companions. 

BOOK SUMMARY: When Abigail Thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institu­tion. He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. This wise, plainspoken, beautiful book enacts the truth Abigail discovered in the five years since the acci­dent: You might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next