With words written from her heart and brought forth from her soul, Johnson not only describes a dog's life well lived, but she also pours out on the pages all of her emotions, reminiscing about her life growing up, the death of loved ones, and living and noticing each and every moment. This is also an author the reader will fall in love with as we get to know her, as she opens her heart, and pours out her soul. The book of barkley love and life through the eyes of a labrador retriever takes readers from the authors depths of grief and loss at a young age to an empowering new life chock full of love but johnsons radical life change didnt come from just her renewed faith in god or from friends. After a Lifetime of Challenges, the Best Adventure Was Still Waiting… L. And there are plenty of Barkley tales to satisfy. Enjoyed those parts that dealt with Barkley, his life, antics and relationships. I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.
He was the color of a golden retriever with the head of a lab, the freckles and forehead blaze of a heeler and the jowls of a bloodhound. My Mom started this blog due to requests from friends who wanted a place to go for stories of her furry friend Barkley that weren't in the book and stories of my rescue and new life in my furever home. Johnson lost her black Lab, Barkley back in February after almost eleven years. He played hard with our 8 year old son and his friends, and then could turn and immediately put his head in the lap of a daughter having a bad day. The author uses language well, with descriptions of animals, people, and places 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.
But always returning to the main path of the narrative, seamlessly, with skill and grace. Anything other than posting an announcement of his passing is pretty much beyond me. Then he made his decision, coming over to check out her shoelaces, never leaving her side. I finally commenced reading it last night, and with the exception of a brief intermission to get something to drink and finish off some leftover pizza I may have been channeling Barkley, lol , I found myself right back into the story. It has an autobiographical element as the author shares many of her own experiences with plenty of nostalgia and philosophical musings. It is about Barkley, and those parts of your life that lead up to sharing your life with him, the way you see it now in reflection, the way all future memories will be affected by the Love of Barkley.
Barkley's antics are often amusing and charming, but there are moments of real poignance that will resonate long after you've finished reading. He is always with me, a part of my now. But this is no ordinary dog story about the love of a dog, it is a soul-searching journey on the depth of Between two photos—one a black-haired puppy and the other an older dog, the hair turned gray—is a story, a love story of a woman and her dog, Barkley. Johnson knew how to get things done. I look at my Sparky-Bones now, aging quickly, as they do.
Nineteen years is a long time to share with another creature, and loss is painful. I had to read this in small chunks, because it was overwhelming at times. I found many of these parts frustrating. For animal lovers we all know that pets are like family and we all grieve when they are gone and this author chose to write down her thoughts and memories and share them. The Book of Barkley is a tribute and memoir that will resonate with everyone who has reached out unthinking to pet a beloved animal…only to remember that a beloved friend is no longer present. To deal with her loss, Ms. I never give anybody five stars.
It's a heart-felt, often humorous, account of how a black labrador called Barkley helped the author come to terms with life and find happiness - a tribute to the power of canine love and the finding of joy in everyday things. She used to be a jet pilot for somebody's Uncle but now has a Ph. Johnson, and she begins to view the world as he does—and learns to love again. 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. This is the story of a black lab. I hope in ten years Barkley and I can come back here, if only to wave at the house in which I raised him to adulthood, as to an old friend. I cried, but I also laughed.
This book did exactly that. Right up front, readers will know they need a box of tissues: the book opens just after Barkley has died. We are proud to announce that the book of barkley by love and life through the eyes of a labrador retriever is a brag medallion honoree this tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money. The moon cleaved the pale waste that was sky, the sun having left like low tide, leaving this place in the shadow, just the form of a red haired woman and the dark grieving of earth. I went and looked at the reviews, of course, and see that they are just a misunderstanding of what this glorious book is about.
It is a story of family, of friends, dog hair and a small pink ball with feet known as Mr. She captures and reveals Barkley's personality, as well as her own, and the result is a 5-star book! Barkley's antics are often amusing and charming, but there are moments of real poignance that will resonate long after you've finished reading. Often, reviews say more about the reviewer than they do about the book. Whether it be the love of an animal, a spouse, a brother or sister or the love of a hobby. Yes, this book is about a Black Lab, and his trust that his human would come back through the door at night and take care of him…and he would take care of her.