A Pet Memoir Different From Other Pet Memoirs

Prior to writing my pet memoir, Charlie: A Love Story, I had read many other pet memoirs, almost all about dogs. Mostly, I read these memoirs because I love reading about dogs. I know that all that reading has contributed significantly to Charlie: A Love Story.

I love dogs. I’ve had dogs most of my life, and when I lost Mandy, my first Golden Retriever, I wanted to know about other people’s experiences with pet loss. Fortunately, I found a wonderful memoir about a Golden Retriever, and it comforted me in my grief. That was more than ten years ago. Since then I’ve read numerous pet memoirs, some about loss, some funny, some with a point to make about dogs – for example “go to a shelter to get a dog” or “dogs should not be used in research.” But in all my reading of dog memoirs, I’ve felt frustrated, because I wanted to hear more about the dog and less about the person, more about the relationship between the dog and the person, as well as a lot about the dog’s character and what the dog meant to the person.

My memoir about Charlie emerged naturally out of the journal I had been keeping as I designed my home garden. When Charlie was eleven years old, he started having some health problems. Little by little, my journaling became less about my garden and more about him. Initially, I had no thought of writing a book. It wasn’t until a few years later that my husband pointed out to me that in writing in my journal I was telling Charlie’s story and writing a pet memoir.

The result is that Charlie: A Love Story is different from all the other pet memoirs I’ve read. It is immediate, day-to-day, and not self-conscious. And it is mostly about Charlie, his life, his character, my relationship with him, and the decisions that our family had to make for him.

To find out more about Charlie: A Love Story, you can click on the following link: charliealovestory.com.