About the Book

“Charlie: A Love Story, a valentine to a special Golden Retriever, is pure magic. From the moment you meet Charlie and Barbara in her garden, you’ll be captivated. Here is a story you’ll never forget. This lovely book is destined to become a classic.”

– Arthur Vanderbilt, award-winning author of
Golden Days: Memories of a Golden Retriever

Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and his best friend Barbara. When Charlie turned eleven and started having some health problems, a gardening journal Barbara was keeping quickly became mostly about Charlie. Barbara and Charlie hugSo his story is told in journal form while it is taking place. And because it was not meant for publication, it is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And the story of that connection is told by Barbara, a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships.

Charlie’s story is far more than a depiction of his struggles against illness. Those years revealed the depth of his character, the wisdom he had gathered over his lifetime. And those years contained some of Charlie and Barbara’s most memorable times together, the culmination of their connection.

Charlie defied the odds, lived much longer than anyone thought he would. There was no rational explanation for some of what he pulled through, except that Charlie lived his life with an enthusiasm and vigor not found in many beings.

Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about a great love affair, the love between Charlie and Barbara.

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