Hello again campbellsworld visitors, and book-worms everywhere.
If you’re looking for a book to take away the winter blues, or that will help pass the time between dusk and dawn when you cannot sleep, this is the book for you.
Take a look and, if you should pick up a copy, read, and then review, be sure to let us know.
Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust
Nonfiction by Ann Chiappetta / C 2017
In e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) from Amazon and multiple other online sellers.
Follow the author as she moves from an unhappy early life and her unstoppable loss of vision to happiness and fulfillment as a guide dog user, wife, and mother who works as a V.A. counselor. This touching, informative, and beautifully written book will surely resonate with many besides guide dog raisers, trainers, and handlers. Includes stories and photos of her most beloved dogs, past and present.
From the text:
While there is practical merit to the human–canine bond, which developed over a period of 70,000 years, it’s not akin to any other human-animal relationship. It is unique. The person and guide dog are interdependent, and the bond of mutual trust is what makes the partnership successful and fulfilling for both. With this book, I hope to take the reader on a journey of understanding: learning what it’s like to overcome the darker side of disability by walking the path of independence with a canine partner.
For cover photo, longer synopsis, free text preview, author bio, and buying links, see: http://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta
Note: Cover photo, photo of Bailey with a big stick, and close-up photo of Verona in the snow are copyrighted.
The book was edited and prepared for publication by David and Leonore Dvorkin, of DLD Books: http://www.dldbooks.com
Ann Chiappetta, M.S., lives in New Rochelle, New York. Her personal website is http://www.annchiappetta.com
Man’s Best Friend
George Graham Vest, 1869. Closing argument of Old Drum.
Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his
enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are
nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become
traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he
needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill–considered action. The
people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to
throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish
friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never
proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
Gentlemen of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness.
He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he
may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and
sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper
master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and
reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog
asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his
enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his
body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his
graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert
watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.
MORE ABOUT ANN…
Ann Chiappetta, Author and Consultant.
Ann Chiappetta’s writing has been featured in both print and electronic publications, most notably Dialogue magazine, Reader’s Digest and Matilda Ziegler online magazine, beginning in 1990. Her poetry has been featured in small press journals like Lucidity and Midwest Poetry Review, among others. Ann’s essays and fiction have been featured in specialty magazines and literary journals including Dialogue Magazine, Breath and Shadow, Magnets and Ladders, and local collegiate publications.
Her debut self-published poetry collection, released in November 2016, titled “Upwelling: Poems”, has been well received; a second nonfiction book, “Follow Your Dog a Story of Love and Trust”,was released in October 2017.
Ann holds a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy and currently practices as a readjustment , trauma, and couples counseling therapist. To purchase Ann’s books, in print or electronically, go to http://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta
To read reviews,listen to interviews or book Ann as a guest speaker, go to http://www.annchiappetta.com
Follow Ann on Twitter: AnnieDungarees
Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Ann/Chiappetta