My Dad My Dog
by Rebecca Warner
Publish Date November 19, 2020
by Black Rose Writing
About My Dad My Dog
When she moves her Alzheimer’s-afflicted dad into the home that she shares with her husband and elderly dog, Rachel Morgan expects some complications – but she never imagines she’ll encounter the biggest one on the first day. Her normally sweet-natured Dad – a former mailman who’s known too many biting dogs – wants nothing to do with her big black Labrador.
But as Rachel attends to the escalating physical and emotional needs of each, she notices striking similarities in their aging processes and realizes that these two souls whom she loves deeply are on the same journey. With time working against her, Rachel must find a way to transform their uneasy truce into a trusting companionship. In doing so, she hopes to make their journey less lonely and frightening, and more bearable for those who someday must let them go.
Oh my heart.
There are no words for this book. It is emotional, extraordinary, and in my opinion an essential read.
Rachel Morgan and her husband have done well for themselves. Beautiful home, money in the bank, and her elderly father with Alzheimers being well taken care of at an exceptional facility. But when the housing market crashes and Rachel and David start to lose money, they have to make the hard decision to pull her father out of the facility because they are unable to afford it’s cost any longer.
On the first day at her home, Rachels father makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her beloved elderly black Lab, something she was NOT expecting at all. As Rachel works hard to care for her father and facilitate his needs, she starts to notice some changes in her dog Nick, only to find out that he is deteriorating as well. Watching both her father and her dog travel along the same aging journey, her only hope is to find a way to bring them together as companions to ease their journey through this difficult and disheartening time.
There is no way I can do this any justice. I laughed, I cried, I hugged the book to my chest for a long time when I turned the last page, with tears streaming down my face. Rebecca Warner has shared a necessary read on the difficulties of caring for an elderly parent and an elderly dog at home.
The narrative reads like someone sitting next to you telling a story, it was smooth, effortless and unputdownable. The justice that Warner does to the health care community and the selfless care they give to their patients was spot on, and it makes me proud to be a nurse.
I don’t want you going into this book thinking it is depressing and sad, something we all don’t need right now. Somehow Ms. Warner was able to take a heart-wrenching story and turn it into a touching, poignant and meaningful narrative that is an essential and necessary read for us all. I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I just would like to thank Rebecca Warner, Suzanne Leopold of Suzy Approved Book Tours, and Black Rose Writing for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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