My very favorite book of all time is Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. My first sister in law gave it to me right after my divorce. She then divorced my brother, and we realized that we both had married the wrong men, but had become sisters by marriage, so it was a good thing in the end. It was a devastating time in my life and this funny book about a randy goat got me through a terrible period. The key message and not wanting to ruin the end was “lighten up”. And I did.
Many years later, a new favorite book arrives, but delivered by the universe sent through Kindle and suggested by the Grand Duchess of Face Book, Miss Violet. I don’t exactly remember when I met the Grand Duchess, but I know she tried to help by giving me the name of some local retailers for my shoes, way back before social media… And then somehow we became friends on Facebook. I started to follow her many posts. We had the same political views, pure Democratic and she was quite outspoken. She was becoming as important for me as CNN. I would in fact watch CNN every morning and then see what Violet had to say. Occasionally I started to comment. “You go girl!” then it became more intimate, as when I opened my online store Violet bought a pair of shoes, actually she bought two, one pair in the states, style Queenie, my very favorite. She then at my suggestion bought style Mirage, from me in Spain. Both to twinkle and sparkle through the day….
We continued to post back and forth. I read her book list which now FB provides, and selected a Violet preferred book. It was a short story, a bit too short, and a bit underwhelming. I got an entire letter how Violet had met the author’s wife at their gallery in California and that is how she got the book etc, etc, etc. Then she sent me the link to the book, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron… The review was so long, I did not read it, and trusting my Duchess, I just went to Kindle and clicked to buy it. I love that easy click, and why can not the whole internet be an easy one click? And even more amazingly it arrives in less than a minute…. just how do they do that? But Kindle wrote back immediately and said that I already owned the book.
I cheerfully wrote Violet and said, “ you won’t believe it Violet but I already had the book, what a coincidence!” As you all know I do not do short blogs. And I do not dress up with a lot of outfits and take photos of myself and call myself a “blogger”. I write stories. So take a break, get a drink, go for a pee, as this is a long, long one.
This book, A Dog’s Purpose, is for anyone that has had a dog, has a dog or is thinking about getting a dog. It is an absolute must. I have had dogs since I was 22 years old. 97% poodles and now I am into German shepherds. Or the poodles are into the German shepherds, currently at the Finca (farm in Spanish) there are 7 poodles and 3 German shepherds. The toy poodles, like to boss the shepherds around.
A dog that has many lives writes the book. He lives and dies and remembers each lifetime. Every time he died, wherever I was reading the book, streams of tears poured down my face. But as soon as he dies, in the next sentence he becomes a puppy again, a different kind of dog, in a different town. He explains why dogs do everything they do to humans, and everything they do in general. This has affected me greatly, as I am a woman who shares her life with ten dogs and now I feel I have some greater understanding to them. It also gives you a beautiful love story about a dog finding his true human love through reincarnation. The dog that I loved the most was Frankie. He lived to be an incredible 18 years old… If you remember my Frankie&Baby shoe collection, that is the Frankie I am talking about.
I was worried about him dying since the day he arrived in my life, that was before Zoloft. Now I have Elvis, who will not leave my side. He is my personal, 24 hours a day bodyguard. The book made me realize that just possibly maybe Frankie came back?
I always have tried to accept that each dog in my life as a new personality, and never try to think they are similar to another one, but after reading A Dog’s Purpose, everything has changed. For sure I have more respect and sensitivity to all of them now. And tell each and every one they are “Good Dogs” as much as possible….
But this isn’t even my story! The real story is that when I finished the book and I saw that the author had written another book, A Dog’s Journey. I wrote Miss Violet, who is also the reigning queen of the most outrageous, high calorie deserts ever created ( just try her brown sugar pound cake with caramel dribble sauce) and said “there is another book! Have you read that? I think I am going to get that one also!” I proceed back to Amazon Kindle, the fastest known delivery service of instant gratification, besides my own free shoe delivery (couldn’t resist a little promo) and low and behold, as they use to say, I get the same message that I already had bought the book!
Now I am thinking, I could have accidentally bought the first book in one of my own midnight madness sweeps, but for sure I didn’t buy the follow up when I hadn’t even finished book one…The flashing purple light bulb goes on, and I get a jolt to my shoed out brain. Violet had bought me the two books, and never told me. And I am an idiot, and I buy so much I don’t know what I buy or don’t buy? There are just some really nice people in the world and one just happens to live in Kentucky.
Thank you so much Miss Violet, a book is such a wonderful gift, especially these two… And especially from you!
As I told Violet, when I die all 23 dogs of my lifetime will be waiting for me in doggie heaven, as that’s where I want to be sent.