Book Review – “Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life”

Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life

“Maggie:  The Dog Who Changed My Life” by Dawn Kairns is a true story about a very special dog.  Dawn talks about her relationship with Maggie as being very close, even spiritual.  Have you ever had a dog which seemed to really understand you?  Not just your words, but your emotions too?  Was there one special dog which stood out amongst all the pets in your life, a dog who was your one and only true soul mate?

That is what Maggie was to this author.  Her relationship with Maggie reminds me of my relationship with my childhood pet, Cassie.  I have owned many dogs in my life, but Cassie was so much more.  As I read about Maggie, I understand the depths of the author’s relationship with her and cherish the book all the more.

Chapter one of “Maggie:  The Dog Who Changed My Life” begins with the author telling us who she is, her family situation, and why she got a dog.  Chapter two goes into Maggie’s beginnings.  The author says she made some training and other mistakes with Maggie out of ignorance, but dogs are smarter that what we give them credit for.  Despite those mistakes, Maggie seemed to really understand her and grew to be very good dog.

Further chapters of “Maggie:  The Dog Who Changed My Life” go into the author’s spiritual perspective of her relationship with Maggie.  It was like Maggie somehow knew what was needed of her without ever being trained.  The author also described Maggie’s spiritual energy and zest for life which was attractive to many people.  Maggie had a way of bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

Maggie had some major health issues.  The author talks about finding the right vet for Maggie.  She talks about one vet in particular which she felt in her gut was probably not right, but went with her head instead.  She says that this was a mistake and learns the hard way to listen to your vet, but don’t be afraid to get a second opinion and ultimately go with what you feel is right.  Take how your dog feels about their vet into serious consideration as well.

The author also discusses dream interpretation.  She feels that some of her dreams about Maggie may have been premonitions and that Maggie may have in some way influenced those dreams.  And she believes that some of her dreams were ways in which her subconscious was trying to tell her that something, such as a certain vet, wasn’t right.  While the concept of dream interpretation is beyond me, some of what the author discusses makes sense.

Other issues which the author talks about is holistic veterinary care such as acupuncture, consumer dog food versus homemade dog food, dealing with the loss of a dog, and the possibility of some dogs having a sixth sense.  There is no doubt that some dogs, like dogs who can sense when an epileptic is about to have a seizure, have a sixth sense.  But does it go beyond just sensing health issues?  Can some dogs sense our emotions and intents without us doing anything to outwardly show them?  Our relationship with dogs is a unique and special relationship.  There is no other relationship like it.  The bonds, health benefits, and service which dogs provide is truly miraculous.

“Maggie:  The Dog Who Changed My Life” is a really great read.  Even if you don’t agree with some of the author’s beliefs, there is no denying how special Maggie was.  If you have had a similar relationship, then you will cherish this book as much as I have.  You can find this book at our a-store called the Dog Lover’s Book Store.  Check it out and tell us what you think.

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2 Responses to “Book Review – “Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life””

  1. Malamute Mom Says:

    Looks like a good book. I’m not sure about the dream interpretation, but I totally get that some dogs just somehow know things. One of my dogs seems to have a really good sense on telling good people from bad.

  2. Juliette Says:

    Great review, yes my dog senses when I’m unwell or upset and gives me extra attention!

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