ABOUT CHARLIE: A LOVE STORY
Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and the author, Barbara Lampert. It takes place in Malibu, California. When Charlie turned eleven years old and started having some health problems, a journal Barbara was keeping about her garden quickly became mostly about Charlie. Charlie: A Love Story is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And as a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, Barbara brings that sensibility and understanding to Charlie’s story as well. Charlie was Barbara’s loyal confidante and best friend. He was indomitable, had a zest for life and an uncanny emotional intelligence. Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about an extraordinary dog and an extraordinary relationship.
It has been said, that dogs give their owners unconditional love, but in Charlie, A Love Story, there was an equal amount of unconditional love between Charlie and owner Barbara. Barbara originally started a gardening journal, but it quickly turned into a journal about Charlie and his ensuing health problems. As I read the book, I couldn’t help but wonder how much more Charlie could endure. He seemed to have one health problem after another and each one of them was worse than the previous illness. I kept expecting Charlie to go to the big dog heaven in the sky and then magically, he would pull through again and come back with a strength and endurance for many more days of frolicking and fun. His recoveries would have made any dog owner proud.
Barbara describes her gardening and all the plants that went into her beautiful garden on her one acre of property at her Malibu home. I became envious of all the plants and time she was able to spend on the gardening and right beside her was Charlie. Charlie could teach my Spencer a thing or two, especially, not to dig up the plants. The two-year journal becomes a way for Barbara to deal with the surgeries, medicines that Charlie must endure to fight against cancer. This beautiful story becomes very emotional as Barbara describes the emotions that come with helping her Charlie to fight for his life.
If you are a dog lover then this book, is one that should be added to your TBR pile. It is a heartwarming journey about a very special relationship between Barbara Lampert and her dog Charlie.
Barbara Lampert is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships. She’s been in private practice in Brentwood, California for over twenty years. She considers her work a calling and loves what she does. She has a doctorate in medical sociology and two master’s degrees – one in psychology and one in sociology. Barbara has adored dogs her whole life. They’re her passion! She notes that for a lot of people, their dogs are their best friends. She loves helping people know that’s ok – that a soul-satisfying relationship may be found with any being and needs to be treasured. Besides her love of dogs, Barbara is an avid gardener and finds herself gardening in much of her spare time. She sees her garden as a work of art. She loves being in nature – the miracle of growth, the ever-changing landscape, its beauty. Today Barbara lives happily in Malibu, California with her husband David (married twenty-eight years!) and their six-year-old Golden Retriever, Harry. Barbara hopes that Charlie: A Love Story will be a tribute not only to a magnificent dog but to all dogs everywhere. You can visit her website at www.charliealovestory.com.