Crafted from the heart and experiences of L.B. Johnson, ‘The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever’ takes readers from the author’s depths of grief and personal despair to an empowering new life chock-full of love. But Johnson’s radical life change didn’t come from finding God or attending a cookie-cutter support group, but instead from a black Labrador called Barkley who taught her the real, innate meaning of love.
Chicago, IL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/25/2015 -- While some cringe at those who admit that they love their dogs like children (admit it, go on!), those who have shared their lives with canines truly understand that these remarkable animals embody the core meaning of love and companionship. For people like L.B. Johnson, dogs have also proven their immense power to save lives when all hope appears to have been lost.
In a wholly-unique and uplifting new memoir, Johnson tells the deeply-personal story of her life and experiences with a Labrador Retriever named Barkley. It's not just a story of one woman and her dog; but a bold journey to discover what love really is, and why learning to live like a dog gives humanity a powerful new meaning.
It is a story, not one of science, and one that may not be remembered past this one lifetime. It is the story of someone that did not know his destiny, but followed it with unfaltering step, bound to his human companion, not by vows or paper, but in the name of the trust that was the best part of his nature. It is a story of the one that taught her to love, even as he occasionally barfed on the carpet. It is the tale of a black Lab named Barkley. It begins in the 1960's as the author is growing up---dogs becoming part of the family. But it is only after many years of living alone following heartbreak; that Barkley finds his way to Ms. Johnson, and she begins to view the world as he does---and learns to love again.
It is a story of family, of friends, dog hair and a small pink ball with feet known as Mr. Squeaky that became her mortal enemy at dawn. It is the story of rambunctious trespasses and the loving trust that bound a lonely road warrior and a dog together in unspoken understanding.
The Book of Barkley is a memoir and a tribute that will resonate with everyone who has ever loved and lost a a dog. Honest, transcendent, and beautifully written The Book of Barkley is a love story that will enrich every animal lover's library.
"At its core, my book uses lyricism and reflections to explore why we actively bring love into our lives, knowing that we will one day lose it," explains Johnson, who excelled in her career as a pilot before transitioning into law enforcement. "My time with Barkley literally shaped me and the entire world around me. By looking at the world through Barkley's eyes I was able to find love again and embrace it as the grandest adventure I'd ever embark on."
Continuing, "This is a book for any animal lover, or anyone looking to change their outlook on life. It was written as therapy when I lost my Brother and Barkley within three weeks of each other. To that end, I am delighted to announce that 100% of proceeds will be donated to animal rescue non-profits and their related organizations."
Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. Awesome Indies Gold comments, "This is so much more than a mere memoir - it is a story of life and how to live it, and how we humans can learn to live our lives better if we'd only learn to live it like a dog does. The author uses language well, with descriptions so vivid you feel that you can feel the textures, smell the odors (pleasant and otherwise) and hear the whining of a puppy needing to go out to do its business. Life can be sad or happy, and the author takes us through it all - a trip that you won't regret taking. A five-star book that definitely merits the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence."
San Francisco Book Review adds, "Stories about great pets abound, yet there is always room for one more. The Book of Barkley holds its own in this genre. The give and take between delightful doggy antics retold and the author's musings, often lyrical and heartbreaking, strikes a satisfying counterbalance. Like all animal lovers, Johnson realized many life lessons with Barkley as her companion, not the least of which that home is in the heart."
'The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever', from Outskirts Press, is available now: http://amzn.to/1Fs92eA
About LB Johnson
LB Johnson grew up out West where she received a doctorate in a law enforcement related field, in which she now works (a subject that will have to wait until retirement). She lives in Chicago with her husband and rescue dog Abby. When she's not writing, she's usually found in a metal or wood shop at home making something so that people can say "Is it supposed to look like that?"
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