You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness (Paperback)

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At certain times in our lives, our No. 1 love might not be another human -- it might be a pet that is our current soulmate, that holds our heart in its little paws. That is how author Julie Klam describes herself at 30 and single. Though she has yearned for a relationship of the human nature, with marriage and children the goal, a little Boston Terrier named Otto just sort of fell out of the sky and into her world, a world that immediately became focused on him. It was Otto who taught her about love, and what really makes a family. Finally, it was her love and attachment to Otto that eventually bridged the gap into other relationships, such as being a wife and mother. The lessons she learned from caring for her little buddy Otto are what truly taught her about unconditional love, and eventually led to her work with Boston Terrier rescue organizations. A funny and heart-warming read. -- Linda Grana

— From July 2013


Look out for Julie's new book, The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters.

The secrets of love, health, and happiness gleaned from a life lived with dogs.

Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, unable to meet a man she could spend her life with. And then it happened: she had a dream about a Boston terrier- a dream that practically hit her over the head. The companion she needed was not necessarily the one she'd had in mind.

As fate would have it, a dog is exactly the thing that she needed. The New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman's discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions. Klam shares how her love for dogs and the lessons she's learned caring for them has shaped her heart. This is a funny, earnest, and emotionally compelling look at the surprises, pleasures, and revelations that happen when you let any mutt, beagle, terrier, or bulldog go charging through your world.

About the Author

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She married the show's producer, Paul Leo. They live with their daughter and three dogs in Manhattan.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594485411
ISBN-10: 1594485410
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 240
Language: English