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Starter Dog Book Review | Champion of My Heart

I will clarify the chewed up e book later. Maintain scrolling. 

Starter Canine Recap

So basically, Starter Canine is about getting a canine after leaving a high-profile, VIP-type job in life-style journal publishing. Rona’s household did have a canine in her childhood, however for a lot of causes, you study why that sort of did not depend. 

Rona and her husband appeared for a canine to undertake for a LONG time earlier than selecting Casey. By way of life with him at house and by way of walks in her principal neighborhood in addition to trip house areas and snowbird dwelling conditions, Rona positive factors many views on her life now, her life up to now, and simply life generally. 

Starter Canine Ebook Evaluate

Now that I am formally a ‘senior citizen’ myself (turned 55 in February), I relate loads to Rona’s ponderings and discoveries by way of life with a canine in addition to to a few of her previous experiences, with issues like alcoholism within the household in addition to wayward members of the family at all times needing cash and assist, amongst others.

The Actual

Many phrasings hit house:

  • “Sober, he had a present for pleasure.” 
  • “I longed to be a part of another household. My ingratitude for the household I had was a scab I picked bloody.” 
  • “Adrian was like a floundering youngster of 60-something who may carry on courting hassle for some years but.”
  • “If not that day, then not lengthy after. My first response was reduction, my subsequent a startling burst of gratitude. Whereas I hadn’t wished Adrian in my life, I might be glad he’d been a part of Casey’s, making my canine joyful and receiving in return what might need been the happiest second of his personal day.”
The Enjoyable

Don’t fret. These painful flashes really feel transient and contextual when introduced together with the numerous beautiful discoveries of going by way of life with a canine at your facet.
I cherished the numerous joyful moments too, together with this central realization within the e book: “To run {a magazine}, I had appeared out on the world and formed a imaginative and prescient of it for readers. To take Casey out on patrol, I ventured into the world and let it shock me, time after time. I wasn’t simply passing by way of. Not anymore.”

— Rona Maynard

It is superbly written + such an excellent story!

Different Enjoyable Commonalities

I laughed, laughed, laughed when Rona takes a specific sort of highway journey with Casey, together with the jail the place he acquired some coaching. Rona writes of her yoga class mates who take huge adventures world broad, “These ladies had indulged me by way of story after story about Casey, however I would just crossed the road between love and shedding it. A classmate stated, stifling laughter, ‘You are going to your canine’s hometown?'”

My mates have finished this too, so it gave me an excellent giggle.

Rona’s additionally effectively versed in artwork and literature, so the numerous references and quotations added much more enjoyable. As an previous English main with a minor within the Concept and Apply of Artwork, I did not *get all of them, however I felt fairly sensible for those I did perceive. So, thanks, Rona, for that at a time once I’m doubting every kind of issues. 

She even will get right into a phrase origin debate with somebody on the streets about Casey’s breed make-up. Those that intention for precision in language will take pleasure in an excellent chuckle. 

*That Canine Girl Weighs In

Rona is aware of I’ll point out a few issues as a result of I emailed to ask her about them.

How Canine Folks Discuss About Breeds & Behaviors

With out gifting away an excessive amount of, suffice it to say that Casey’s DNA take a look at outcomes do NOT match what the rescue / foster mother (Liz) guessed. Like NOT AT ALL. Casey’s coach (Laurie) just about nails at the very least the breed group along with her guess, saying he’s “all hound.” I took that to imply possible breed make-up in addition to his conduct round squirrels. So when Rona jokes later that, “Liz had been blowing scorching air, and Laurie knew lower than she thought,” my response was confusion? 

So, you recognize, being me, I needed to make clear (after I double-checked myself) that Casey’s principal breed is certainly a hound. Rona is aware of that, in fact, so I am in all probability being *that Canine Girl and being too literal in how I interpreted these issues. 

Since our youngest, Mr. Stix, is 45% American Foxhound, I acknowledged Casey as a member of the fam. See Mr. Stix’s full DNA outcomes.

Coaching and Dealing with for Squirrel Obsessions

Mainly, Casey’s coach informed Rona to clap her palms and yell, “Hey!” when he went bananas about squirrels and such. If he received actually wild, Rona tells me, then she did pull on the leash. 

Our followers possible know that I do not evaluation any books that embrace dominance concept or punishment/pressure coaching. So, once I requested for particulars, I known as this technique “punishment-ish.”


Let’s be actual, whereas I attempt to not use NO! or different exclamations with my very own canines and fosters, I simply this morning screamed “Cease shifting!” at one level on a stroll. I do typically holler, “Sufficient!” when the barking hits my final nerve. I even as soon as spun round in my desk chair and known as our late Ginko “a lip-smacking MFer!” On deadline and careworn, these slurping noises did me in. 

In order that’s to not say that I do not typically holler, however I do not use old style leash corrections. I encourage you to not as effectively. 

As maybe the primary severe canine particular person to evaluation the e book, I by chance made Rona fear once I requested concerning the squirrel technique. I am completely NOT shaming her. I replied, “Actually, I’m principally stunned that the squirrel technique labored. (ha ha). Fortunately, we do NOT have tree squirrels the place we stay and only a few floor squirrels (chipmunks). We do have suicidal bunnies, although, who bounce out in entrance of my canines at instances.”


Typically, you do have to interrupt sure canine behaviors. In my expertise, utilizing your voice and noise usually would not work. It makes me consider how a few of us used to toss empty pop cans filled with pennies as an interrupter. My temperamentally stable Dalmatian did NOT care concerning the noise, however one thing like that now would completely damage / scare our present canines. So, let’s all attempt to not scare our canines!

Concerning the Chewed Ebook

Meet Ace. He is our newest foster pet. He is about 8 months previous. I joke that he is busy with a capital B and limitless izzy. He’s off-the-charts intense. That is how he appears to be like ready for me to throw the ball in a recreation of fetch. 

He initially got here to remain for the lengthy Independence Day weekend as a result of the shelter was greater than full heading right into a high-demand vacation. Himz received some points together with being VERY high-drive, so we added a conduct med that the shelter’s DVM prescribed. We’re engaged on some issues with him. It is completely exhausting as a result of you’ll be able to see that he thinks *all the pieces is a toy. Therefore the broken e book. Nonetheless … I imply … LOOK at him!

It is additional hilarious as a result of at one level Rona makes use of an enormous coffee-table e book to “defend” an heirloom chair. (giggle-snort)

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