The book begins: Their banshee wails reached through my dreams and dragged me back . . . For the past two years, these coyotes had taken to howling nights at the edges of our property, just as major events were about to unfold.
This call of the coyotes turns out to be a signal that Karen Shanley’s journey with her dogs is coming full circle. She is about to be offered a chance at redemption, with one condition: She has to find a way to recapture her faith in life itself.
Karen Shanley’s lyrical story will have you laughing, crying, and nodding your head in understanding.
Dogs of Dreamtime Reviews
Library Journal: A beautiful story, beautifully told. Recommended.
“A book for people who love their dogs beyond all measure and who realize, with Karen Shanley, that dogs love us in the same way-sometimes beyond what we deserve. This book suggests some of the deeper reasons for this extraordinary ability to love and for that alone, I urge you to read it. I defy you to remain impervious to the magic it contains.”
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep, and Dogs Never Lie About Love.
“Karen Shanley’s moving memoir is a tribute to the healing power of her relationships with several remarkable dogs. In her search to find answers for her dogs, Shanley also finds answers for herself. Anyone who loves dogs and other animals will find a beautiful wisdom in the unexpected twists and turns her journey takes, and in the many lessons that her dogs offer in the art of life, loss, and love.”
—Suzanne Clothier, world-renowned dog trainer and author of Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs.
“There are good personal stories and great personal stories about our interrelationships with other animals. DOGS OF DREAMTIME is a great one for showing how our “best friends” and their wild relatives-any and all animals, for that matter-play a significant role in defining who we are in the grand scheme of things. In the absence of animals, it’s easy to see that we lose much-perhaps all-of who we are. It will be a sad and very lonely day if we ever wake up and have to ask, “Where have all the animals gone?”
— Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., editor of The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior and author of Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart and The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love (with Jane Goodall).
“Life offers us opportunities for growth, wisdom, and redemption where we least expect to find them. In DOGS OF DREAMTIME, Karen Shanley weaves a spellbinding story where the visceral connection between Shanley and her dogs-all brilliantly portrayed-ultimately transforms her life. This book is a page turner!”
—Marty Becker, D.V.M., resident veterinarian on ABC TV’s Good Morning America and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, and The Healing Power of Pets.
“I am used to being pulled into a book that just doesn’t want you to put it down written by my favorite non-dog authors. This is the first dog book that pulled me in from opening it and didn’t let me put it down until well after last night. I was nodding yes, I understand that, and I was crying sad tears and happy tears.”
—Tami Bridges, owner of the CSDogBookReview list
From the Inside Flap
“In Dogs of Dreamtime, Karen Shanley validates the mystery and the depth of our relationships with our dogs. Her willingness to see deeper into the sacred places of this relationship offers a path to healing and wonder available to all of us who carry love for our dogs deep in our hearts. Thank you, Karen for putting into beautiful words what so many of us feel, but cannot articulate.”
—Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers
From the Back Cover
Dogs of Dreamtime is the story of one woman’s deep connection with her three very different dogs, and the extraordinary emotional journey they embark on together. Ultimately, it’s about how the unexpected events in our lives shape who we are and who we will become.