Once in a Lifetime Dog

My Borisangel

Non-Fiction - Animals
318 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2011
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Author Biography

Chantelle Hildreth lives in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington with her husband Foster, their two children, Stormy and Burly and their three borzois, Chagall, Angelica and Searraes. The forested coastal beauty of the Pacific Northwest at her doorstep and her three dogs at her side provide her with the ideal backdrop and inspiration for her writing. Prior to becoming a writer, Chantelle was an attorney and professor of art history at several California colleges.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carly Kendall for Readers' Favorite

Once in A Lifetime Dog is the touching story of Chantelle Hildreth’s dog Boris who for years was by her side. Having had that special bond with a very special dog, I was immediately taken by this lovingly written memoir. Many dog lovers never tire of reading stories about dogs and their people, and this book is a nice addition to the abundance of stories available for those who find comfort and peace in reading about another person’s experience with love and loss.

While Chantelle’s writing was a bit amateurish at times, I found that the book as a whole flowed quite nicely. It reads fast and is well organized. Chantelle lets the reader into her life not only sharing her love for Boris, but also sharing her personal struggles. Through it all Boris was always loving and comforting her. I found myself not just interested in Boris, but I wanted to keep reading to find out how Chantelle was coping and what was going to happen in her life. I was very moved by this story and by the love of this big dog Boris. As a side note, the pictures of Boris that are throughout this book added so much to the story. Chantelle’s selection of photos made me laugh and gave me a lump in my throat. This book would not have been what it was without seeing all the sides of Boris’s sweet personality.

Overall, Once in A Lifetime Dog is a book that holds a lot of promise for dog lovers. This book will have a special place on my bookshelf.