Free Days With George

Free Days With George

Learning Life's Little Lessons From One Very Big Dog

Book - 2015
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A heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain --get your tissues ready, animal lovers!

After Colin Campbell went on a short business trip abroad, he returned home to discover his wife of many years had moved out. No explanations. No second chances. She was gone and wasn't coming back. Shocked and heartbroken, Colin fell into a spiral of depression and loneliness.
Soon after, a friend told Colin about a dog in need of rescue--a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. Colin adopted the traumatized dog, brought him home and named him George. Both man and dog were heartbroken and lacking trust, but together, they learned how to share a space, how to socialize, and most of all, how to overcome their bad experiences. At the same time, Colin relived childhood memories of his beloved grandfather, a decorated war hero and a man who gave him hope when he needed it most.

Then everything changed. Colin was offered a great new job in Los Angeles, California. He took George with him and the pair began a new life together on the sunny beaches around L.A. George became a fixture in his Hermosa Beach neighborhood, attracting attention and giving affection to everyone he met, warming hearts both young and old. Meanwhile, Colin headed to the beach to rekindle his love for surfing, but when George encountered the ocean and a surfboard for the first time, he did a surprising thing--he jumped right on the board. Through surfing, George and Colin began a life-altering adventure and a deep healing process that brought them back to life. As their story took them to exciting new heights, Colin learned how to follow George's lead, discovering that he may have rescued George but that in the end, it was George who rescued him.
Free Days with George is an uplifting, inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope and happiness.

Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, 2015, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780385682879
Branch Call Number: 636. 71 NEW C
Characteristics: 217 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 28, 2017

Whether a dog-lover or not (I am one) this book has great appeal, partly due to the author's self-deprecating and friendly nature that shows in his writing. Having been caught unawares when his beloved wife left him, he's then left to pick up the pieces of his life. Adopting a dog helps him immeasurably to do that. It's a great book. My husband even read it and liked it alot, and he's not much of a reader!

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mamma904
Nov 02, 2015

I am a dog lover and it always makes me happy to hear about a dog that has been rescued and finds a good home. The fact that Colin was also rescued really sweetens the pie.

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Scrabblenut
Jun 27, 2015

I'm a sucker for a good dog story, and this is one of the best. When the author is faced with an inexplicable disruption in his life, he becomes severely depressed and counseling doesn't seem to help all that much. A friend suggests adopting a dog, and though initially resistant to the idea, he takes a look at a dog rescue site on the internet and is immediately drawn to the picture of one dog in particular. Thus begins an adventure for both himself and one very large Newfoundland dog. Told with honesty and humour, the stories of both the man and the dog are very touching and evoke smiles, laughs and a few tears. The book includes a couple of sets of colour photographs which enhance the story greatly. Highly recommended!

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