Thanks to all those who read, enjoyed, and reviewed Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat story!
August 27, 2017
I really enjoyed this book! Patty Fletcher is a great writer. She shares in a vulnerable and authentic voice about not only getting her seeing eye dog, Campbell, but about her life. I really love her dog, Campbell. He is so smart and protective. You can feel his love for Patty in the story. I’m sorry for all she has gone through but she shows in her story that she is strong and is an over-comer. Her story will surely inspire others in similar situations. I highly recommend this book!
5.0 out of 5 starsPatty does an excellent job of getting her experiences across to everyone
August 13, 2014
Book was very interesting and informative regarding the problems of mental disabilities and the impact that abuse has on people. Patty does an excellent job of getting her experiences across to everyone. Campbell definitely has made a great improvement in Patty’s life. .. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the book and look forward to her next one.
A HEART WARMING GUIDE DOG STORY
August 7, 2015
Ms. Fletcher paints a vivid picture of her experience in training for a guide dog under difficult personal circumstances.
A must read for those contemplating the move from a cane to a guide dog, as well as those interested in the physical and mental obstacles faced by the blind.
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
October 28, 2014
An easy read and informative
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful book
December 6, 2014
A wonderful book, very informative and moving. Those who know little or nothing about the life of the blind and how a guide dog team (the handler and the dog) is trained and then works will learn a lot. The author’s personal story, about how many difficulties in addition to her blindness she has had to overcome, is quite inspiring. Well worth the money!
5.0 out of 5 starsA Poignant True Story of Finding the Courage to Step Forward in Faith and Trust
July 19, 2019
Certain books come to you at just the right time. I have been meaning to read Patty Fletcher’s memoir entitled Campbell’s Rambles for quite some time, but life events have prevented me from doing so. I regret not reading the book sooner. This book is one of my favorite reads this year. Campbell’s Rambles is a story of the beautiful love that exists between a dog handler and her first guide dog. But, more than that, the book reaffirms that life is a gift, that though many hardships exist, love always manages to find a way into your heart. I was so touched by Patty’s gradual realization that the relationship between a handler and their dog is based upon mutual love and trust. Her first meeting with Campbell made me both laugh and cry. I love sloppy dog kisses, too, and could totally relate to the moment she realized that she and Campbell belonged together. A particularly favorite scene for me occurs at a time when Patty is threatened and Campbell illustrates his unfailing loyalty to her. Campbell’s Rambles affirms something I have known for some time: that animals love those who show them love in return and will defend those for whom they care with every fiber of their being.
Perhaps the best aspect of Patty’s book is the growth she experiences through the gentle caring and steadfast support of Mr. Drew Gibbon, her instructor at The Seeing Eye. I loved certain scenes where Patty learns to accept the kind offers of assistance from others. One of my favorite scenes occurs in a creamery. I will not provide spoilers. I will just say that a simple act of kindness means so very much. I related most to her feelings of self-doubt as it is a problem that has always plagued me as well. Campbell’s Rambles is a candid and fast-paced memoir that I simply could not put down. Acquiring a seeing eye dog is a momentous decision, and I enjoyed learning about Patty’s experiences and the enriching rewards Campbell has brought into her life. I also loved learning of the independence Patty has found through her time with Campbell. The book has given me a desire to consider the possibility of training to acquire a guide dog more seriously. At the very least, it has given me insight into the joys (and challenges) that await when life-changing decisions are made. As my favorite person in the book says, “Take a chance. You have a 50 percent chance of being right”.
Campbell’s Rambles is thoroughly recommended. I urge anyone who is considering acquiring a guide dog or who would like to learn more about the process and the experiences of one particular handler to give the book a chance. A prospective sequel entitled The Raw Truth was mentioned in the Afterword of Campbell’s Rambles. I hope that one day it will be written. I will definitely read it. Happy reading to you all.