Heads or Tails - a Memoir
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Truly a "dog lovers" book for anyone who has even fallen in love with one and lost it. It is the story about a dachshund who was rescued from a dog pound in Arizona and then brought to the Midwest where he lived for six years. During that time, he nearly died from a mysterious intestinal ailment which doctors could never quite diagnose. He underwent a complete blood transfusion in order to save his life. Three years after that, he suddenly became paralyzed and had to be euthanized. This is story about love and hope and despite enormous pain, it is also a celebration of what dogs bring to their owners through their unfailing love and loyalty
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Mar 14, 2012Heads or Tails: A Memoir gives us a glimpse into one family's love for a dachshund named Rojo. It is a personal and emotional story of the author's family, but one that will be readily familiar to anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet. Constructed through flashbacks, medical notes and insights from Rojo himself, Heads or Tails: A Memoir recounts the sort of day-to-day happenings that give life meaning. Sharos celebrates the memory of Rojo while making sense of a life gone too soon, examining not only the way a dog becomes woven into the fabric of a family's being, but also the medical landmarks that seemed to lead inevitably to loss. It is poignant and incredibly honest. It is not merely, however, a story of heartbreak. It is also a powerful tribute to the significant role our dogs play in our lives and the bonds that form between us. It reaffirms the truths that we hold in our hearts that our dogs are family, that our dogs are meaningful, that our dogs are love.
Jan 17, 2012As an animal chiropractor, I see many people who have a similar situation with their dog. Dogs aren't, in fact, "just a dog," they become our family. Their personalities and quirks become a part of our every day lives, working themselves deep into our hearts each and every day, like Rojo did with his family. I especially enjoyed the parts of this book when he "spoke." It puts the focus on what he may have been thinking at times throughout his life and lets the reader connect with his personality. In the beginning when he was at the shelter, it gave a view from his side that most of us wouldn't think about while picking out a pet to adopt, along with many other events that happened in his life. Unfortunately, while this book tells a wonderful story of a dog's life, it also tells a tale of heartbreak that pet owners go through when our dearest pets become ill. While it is difficult to say goodbye, I can only imagine that pet owners, who had a similar situation or... More > their pet leaving them too soon, may find some comfort in this story. It was beautifully written.< Less
Dec 27, 2011I knew this beautiful story would have an impact on me. My dog is older, and she will be waiting with Rojo at the Rainbow Bridge someday as well. The author shared his heart and soul as a father, brother, husband, and animal lover that made the reader become a part of the story and experience each moment and emotion. Pets are family members and give unconditional love when no one else does. I enjoyed reading of the unconditional love the family gave Rojo. There will come a time when I read this book again for comfort and lessons from the heart of a special dog. Lynn Herman ( Upper U.P.)
Dec 16, 2011Reading this book made me realize that not only do pets bring joy to our lives, they also have a way of bonding a family closer together. The Sharos family was blessed to have Rojo, but Rojo was blessed to have them as his family. Each family member contributed to trying to make Rojo's life one of quality in his final days. I often wonder what goes through my dogs' minds. David gave me some ideas on what those thoughts could be. Dogs show their love and gratitude to their families by constant tail wags, long stares, and enthusiastic licks. May we all be blessed to live in the moment and love like our four legged family members do . Thanks for sharing your experience.
Dec 8, 2011For all of you dog lovers out there. This memoir tells the tale/tail of the bond that happens between an owner and their dog. They do become part of the family. It brought back the day we had to make that painful decision and how we dealt with the loss in our lives. However, it also reminded me of all the great times we have had with every single one of our pets throughout our lives.
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- David Sharos (Standard Copyright License)
- Sixth Edition
- David Sharos
- March 6, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.37 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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