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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Real Dogs Don’t Whisper by Kelly Preston is a heart-warming, amazing, love-filled, and heart breaking tale that every dog lover should read. But be warned: you WILL shed tears along with the laughter. Kelly begins with a brief biography of her childhood, moving quickly to the day she walked past a pet store and saw a cute little Lhasa Apso puppy in the window, its tail just wagging away. All night she thought about that puppy, and told herself if the dog was still there in the morning, she would buy it. It was, and she did. Thus began the story of a wonderfully compassionate young woman and the life and love she shared with several special dogs. She named that first puppy Gizmo. Gizmo was followed by Mr. Magoo, Carla Mae, Betty Boop and Buffy, not necessarily in that order, and not all at the same time. Each of these dogs had special needs. They each suffered from some combination of cancer; neuroses; anxiety; blindness; birth defects; physical, emotional and mental abuse, even including the unbelievably perverse and cruel sexual abuse; defensive aggression; and other special needs. In spite of this… or perhaps because of this, Kelly gave her all to provide food, shelter, medication, care, and most of all: love to each special dog. In return, she received unconditional love multiplied many times over.
Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is co-written by Mr. Magoo, who cleverly and with humor provides the dogs’ perception of life with Kelly. This story is not one you can put down for long. The horror stories Kelly tells will break your heart, and make you wonder how any human being could ever be so incredibly cruel. The love stories Kelly tells will warm your heart, and make you wonder why every human being cannot have the same love and respect for animals. This story is funny yet sad, heart-warming yet heart-breaking, filled with love yet filled with cruelty. If you aren’t crying as you read the Epilogue, you should see a doctor; they have medications now to help with whatever your problem may be. I have to confess this book brought tears to my eyes several times, as I reflected on the various dogs that have blessed my life and the awful times I’ve had to have one put down. In spite of my tears, I am so glad I read this story. It was uplifting, overall. Dogs truly do love unconditionally, and it has been my great pleasure to have known the love of dogs throughout most of my life.