Real Dogs Don’t Whisper
The award winning book, Real Dogs Don’t Whisper highlights my life journey caring for four special needs dogs and the life lessons they taught me along the way. The overall message within Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is about giving those with special needs a second chance. The book touches on integrity, unconditional love, leadership, trust, stopping abuse and opening your heart to receive and give both unconditional love and friendship. To lighten the message, I developed a co-author, Mr MaGoo; Mr MaGoo is my Lhasa Apso and he is larger than life. He adds humor within the book; sharing with the reader how life is so tough for him being the only male in the house and living with a crazy lady, me.
Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”
My Thoughts: Loved It
Kelly Preston has done what a lot of authors writing about dogs would like to do; she incorporates her dog as a believable first-person character. Mr. Magoo, her Lhaso Apso. Mr MaGoo is quite a character blending a bit of fiction in with this memoir of how Preston rescued one dog, which leads to one more and then five. You can understand exactly why she does it and anyone with a dog will easily relate to how these pups each have their own personality. My mom rescued dachshunds for most of her life and most of those dogs were neglected and probably abused. Preston seems to have that special gift that lets dogs be their best.
All of these dogs come with baggage and at times I was almost brought to tears that people could be so cruel and mistreat these dogs. I wish there were more people like Preston and the fact that she took the time to write about how rewarding it can be to take in a dog that most would turn down gives you faith that humanity is not all bad. The pictures of her pups through out the book makes them really come to life. She also has a way with words that will keep your interest and this is one of the best independent releases I have read in a long time. Check out her kid’s book, Mr Spunky and Friends.