First time author, vegetarian, dog rescuer and animal lover extraordinaire, Barbara Zach-Miller has succeeded in writing a book that shines as much as the sweet pup for which it is named. “Lady May: Memories of an Old Dog,” is a story that will first break your heart, and then repair it with so much hope and love you feel as though it may once again burst at its already fraying seams.
Blending fact and fiction, Miller tells the story of the inspiring dog who survived the harsh streets of Portugal, enduring a lifetime of abuse and neglect, and suffering through the tragic loss of her mother and then her own babies, before finally ending up in the shelter with the people who would save her life, and then finding the family who would save her soul.
At the very core of this book, beneath the cruelty that is far too prevalent, and the despair that comes from witnessing an animal so broken she might pray for death, is a love story. One between the author and the animals she so obviously adores. Creatively told from the animals’ point of view, Miller reminds her readers how much is to be gained from rescuing animals in need, and even more of how much is to be lost in our own lives if we do not.
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