This book isn’t just about the lessons the writer, Dana Jennings, learned from his dog while battling cancer. The story reads more like a biography told through the pets of his life. Dana Jennings tells stories about many of the animals in his life. Bijou, a miniature poodle, is the dog that teaches him the (zen) lessons that helps him get through his cancer treatments.
Dana Jennings writes with humor and his writing is a perfect balance between being personal enough to make it uniquely his and yet broad enough that anyone can and will relate. Anyone that has ever owned (or been owned) by a pet will totally enjoy this book, and anyone that has ever had a serious illness while owning a dog will relate to the healing power of a dog.
As a previous dog owner and a current cat owner, this book was a hit and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only chapter that was a slight miss for me was the “Cat Chapter” it wasn’t much of a nod to cats, but then again it’s a book about the difference a dog makes.
I would recommend this book to anyone with or without a dog (or cancer).