Inspired By My Dog: Three Life Lessons My Papillon Taught Me When He Defeated Death

Inspired By My Dog: Three Life Lessons My Papillon Taught Me When He Defeated Death

by Marilyn Mele


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This is a heartwarming and inspiring true account of the amazing survival of a little Papillon dog. At the age of ten Corey had no history of any serious health problems. He was an active therapy dog and had only recently retired from competing in dog sports like Agility. Then, one summer night in 2012, he suffered a major stroke that nearly killed him.
But, as the title suggests, this little warrior not only defeated death, but recovered to thrive and grow stronger. His battle against crushing odds inspired the author to tell his story and to share the life lessons she learned from this tiny teacher.
Anyone who has ever loved a dog or who has experienced a life crisis will be moved by Corey's journey from the brink of death to an astonishing full life. The author describes his condition this way: "When I brought Corey home from the hospital, he was almost completely helpless." She then goes on to describe this little dog's steadfast determination: "Giving up never occurred to Corey."
The lessons in this book will resonate with anyone who has ever had to start over after a defeat or a disappointment. Although the book is short, it packs a powerful personal message. Readers will find it inspirational to go back often and reread the lessons again and again.
Ultimately this is a story about the profound nature of the human animal bond. In the book's Prologue the author states, "Once in a while a dog comes into your life and changes everything. For me that dog is Corey. He has been my friend and companion, but above all, he has been my teacher. As he struggled to survive a sudden and shocking medical crisis, he showed me that courage and the will to persevere can overcome even the most stubborn obstacles."
This little book would make a wonderful gift for any dog lover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511747981
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Mele has lived with and trained dogs for most of her life. She has been a private training coach for more than three decades, helping pet owners achieve their training goals with the family dog. She competes with her own dogs in AKC dog sports and has earned multiple championships and titles on several different breeds. She also trains therapy dogs and service dogs. Sharing her coaching skill with a growing online community of dog owners has given her an incredible opportunity to help many more people reach their goals. The author now lives on a small farm in the Foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains in East Tennessee with her seven dogs, two horses, two cats and a flock of chickens.

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