Free Days With George: Learning Life's Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/5/3
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A heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain--get your tissues ready, animal lovers!
After Colin Campbell went on a short business trip abroad, he returned home to discover his wife of many years had moved out. No explanations. No second chances. She was gone and wasn’t coming back. Shocked and heartbroken, Colin fell into a spiral of depression and loneliness.
Soon after, a friend told Colin about a dog in need of rescue—a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. Colin adopted the traumatized dog, brought him home and named him George. Both man and dog were heartbroken and lacking trust, but together, they learned how to share a space, how to socialize, and most of all, how to overcome their bad experiences. At the same time, Colin relived childhood memories of his beloved grandfather, a decorated war hero and a man who gave him hope when he needed it most.
Then everything changed. Colin was offered a great new job in Los Angeles, California. He took George with him and the pair began a new life together on the sunny beaches around L.A. George became a fixture in his Hermosa Beach neighborhood, attracting attention and giving affection to everyone he met, warming hearts both young and old. Meanwhile, Colin headed to the beach to rekindle his love for surfing, but when George encountered the ocean and a surfboard for the first time, he did a surprising thing—he jumped right on the board. Through surfing, George and Colin began a life-altering adventure and a deep healing process that brought them back to life. As their story took them to exciting new heights, Colin learned how to follow George’s lead, discovering that he may have rescued George but that in the end, it was George who rescued him.
Free Days with George is an uplifting, inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope and happiness.
From the Hardcover edition.
COLIN CAMPBELL has worked as a marketing executive in both the United States and Canada for the past twenty-four years. He has held senior roles with MacLaren McCann, MKTG and the National Hockey League Players’ Association. He has created and managed marketing and branded content programs for Nike, Mattel, Kraft and General Motors, among others. Colin’s syndicated radio show Junior Hockey Magazine has aired across Canada for the past twenty-four years. Colin and George live in downtown Toronto and escape as often as possible to the beaches of California and Nova Scotia to get their surfing fix.
From the Hardcover edition.
Today I finished "Free Days with George" and now I understand. This is a lovely book about a rescued dog, but it's also a heart-warming story about the rescued human. And, more importantly, it's a story about letting go, loving, and being in the moment. The story is about "free days" -- the opportunities we all have to spend a day with someone we love and doing things we enjoy...
Because, on free days we don't grow old. #colintown
For comparison, to discern whether my opinion would be helpful to you, I submit the following in which I compare Free Days With George to other books I've read.
It's not as great as Animals Can Be Almost Human (large Reader’s Digest book) & Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, but I’d recommend it along with Paws & Effect; The Healing Power of Dogs (Sakson) & Man’s Best Hero: True Stories of Great American Dogs (Collins). Books that I strongly disliked : Blind Hope (Meeder/Sacher), Big Little Life (Koontz) & Saving Cinnamon (Sullivan). There were some good parts in these last books, but not at all worth the torture of the rest of the book, in my opinion.
Please don't get angry at me for having a different opinion from yours about those books I state that I disliked. Those comments would be more appropriate in a counselor's office than in a book review. Also, I apologize ahead of time that I doubt I will take the time to respond to questions about why I did or didn't like other books listed here. I merely listed them as a kindness, so that if you & I differ strongly in what we have liked or disliked, you'll know whether to read Free Days With George.