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Review: Love at First Bark

January 6, 2012

Julie Klam is a dog lover.  Even though she and her husband already own three dogs, she can’t walk away from a dog in distress.  In Love at First Bark, Klam shares the stories of three rescues she’s been involved in:

  • Morris – a pit bull mix she found tied to a street sign
  • Clementine – a Boston terrier who suffers from fecal incontinence
  • Pickles – a feral dog with a jar stuck on its head

Along with the stories of the dogs and their rescues, Klam gives readers a glimpse into the life of her family.  It’s obvious they all love dogs because they make taking care of them a priority.  At times, I felt Klam’s own dogs didn’t receive the attention they deserved because of her focus on rescues.  Her heart is definitely in the right place, though, and any dog who comes into contact with her is certainly lucky.

I enjoyed Love at First Bark, but didn’t feel the connection I’d hoped to.   It’s a good, sweet book that I liked a lot, but didn’t love.  I think I might have enjoyed it more if Klam had focused on one of the stories instead of including all three.   Dog lovers need not worry – the dogs in this story all have a happy ending.  You still might find yourself shedding a tear or two.

Review copy provided by Penguin. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2012 6:26 am

    Glad to here that all of the stories have happy endings. This is one I had been wondering about.

  2. January 6, 2012 6:58 am

    I thought it was a sweet book too. Animal lovers will totally understand and appreciate the sacrifices Julie makes for all of these dogs. It made me want a dog…

  3. January 6, 2012 7:19 am

    A jar stuck in his head?—that poor poor dog!

  4. January 6, 2012 7:39 am

    I must say I am a bit put off but all these dog books out there. Get one or two successful ones and it seems everyone jumps on the doggie book bandwagon.
    Still I do love happy endings…

  5. January 6, 2012 8:03 am

    This sounds like a book for my cousin who gets all of her dogs from the shelter and is constantly rescuing animals.

  6. January 6, 2012 8:25 am

    I saw this book recently and wondered if it was something I would like, and the one thing i was worried about was the fate of the dogs. I’m glad to know they all have happy endings!

  7. January 6, 2012 8:25 am

    There are a lot of dog books out there lately! Sounds like the author has the best intentions, and I’m glad the dogs have a happy ending.

  8. January 6, 2012 8:45 am

    There are so many dog books out there. I still have Oogy on my shelf needing to be read, I guess I’ll have to add this one as well.

  9. January 6, 2012 9:03 am

    I have this one on my shelf, and also her first, You Had Me at Woof, and need to get to them. Frank read the first one and was not all that impressed, but I think I would probably like it. I am a big dog lover, and most of the animals I have owned have been rescued animals. Great and honest review today, Kathy!

  10. January 6, 2012 9:21 am

    Dog stories usually make me cry. This is good to know about for times when one wants a book for a dog lover friend.

  11. January 6, 2012 9:46 am

    I wasn’t really thrilled with her first dog book, but think I might actually like this one better as it sounds it has more focus- three dog stories instead of one for every chapter! I’m curious how they dealt with the dog that was incontinent- doggie diapers? restricted area in the house? it must have been difficult.

  12. January 6, 2012 10:00 am

    Always good to know the dogs make it in the end! :–)

  13. January 6, 2012 10:13 am

    I’m a huge dog lover, and I’m glad they all have happy endings.

  14. January 6, 2012 10:25 am

    I don’t know if this one would be for me but I’m happy to hear it has a happy ending. You know I steer clear of those that don’t.

  15. January 6, 2012 10:40 am

    I liked this one a lot…:)

  16. January 6, 2012 10:56 am

    I just love dogs, but I’ve never been a big reader of books about animals. Not sure this one would be for me. I do admit the cover captures my attention often, but I’m often visually drawn to books. Thanks for the review Kathy.

  17. January 6, 2012 11:27 am

    I could see this being cute but me not totally getting into it. But wow, I don’t know how she deals with some of that stuff! My dog is like my child and it is still difficult to deal with some of her issues!

  18. January 6, 2012 12:05 pm

    This sounds good.
    I must admit I kinda want to meet Clementine and learn more about Pickles.

  19. January 6, 2012 12:07 pm

    I bet I would love this as an audio.

  20. January 6, 2012 1:11 pm

    Would love to read this one, since our dog is a big part of our family, thanks! for sharing.

  21. January 6, 2012 2:56 pm

    I have seen a lot of great reviews for this one, but I’m not sure it would resonate with a non dog owner like me.

  22. January 6, 2012 3:03 pm

    I’m always afraid to pick up dog books until I’ve seen reviews, because I just can’t finish the sad ones…Glad to know that this one has a happy ending (times three). I have to give her alot of credit for the rescue work — particularly the patience required to deal with “fecal incontinence”!

  23. January 6, 2012 3:03 pm

    This doesn’t sound like a book I would normally pick up, but it definitely sounds like the perfect book for some people — good to know!

  24. January 6, 2012 3:13 pm

    There have been a lot of dog books lately. I think my mother-in-law would love this one, though.

  25. January 6, 2012 4:41 pm

    I do love animals but I can’t read animal books…unless I am sure that the ending is a good one…

  26. January 6, 2012 5:38 pm

    I bet my mom would like this books. She’s a huge dog lover!

  27. January 6, 2012 8:19 pm

    It would take a true dog lover to have a dog with fecal incontinence.

  28. January 6, 2012 8:48 pm

    I really want to read this… I used to read dog books all the time, but I think because I don’t have one and can’t have one at the moment I have been avoiding them a bit… This one is on my wish list, though.

  29. January 6, 2012 9:41 pm

    I would have a house over run with animals if I could – but my husband is more logical (and has more will power) than I do. Even so, we do have a LARGE dog and a cat that thinks it is a dog. We are also going to get a smaller dog in the spring. Might have to give this book a look-see.

  30. January 6, 2012 9:44 pm

    thanks for your review.

  31. January 6, 2012 9:55 pm

    This sounds good; I am definitely “pro-rescue” and a big fan of dogs–and cats! 🙂

  32. January 7, 2012 6:13 am

    Was it a pickle jar that Pickles head was stuck in? Poor thing.
    I’m thinking my daughter would like this book. I’ll tell her about it.

  33. January 7, 2012 8:17 pm

    I really liked Klam’s YOU HAD ME AT WOOF (and I’m not a ‘dog person’); I might be at my limit with dog books, though …

    That cover … awwwwwww!

  34. January 7, 2012 10:37 pm

    I love happy endings…too bad not all of them end this way!

  35. January 9, 2012 12:13 am

    Yay for rescue dogs and the people who take them in. Jason would never let me bring in more than one of a kind (one cat, one dog, one baby ;))

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