The Dog Lived (and So Will I): The poignant, honest, hilarious memoir of a cancer survivor
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"Funny, smart, uplifting, and fun, The Dog Lived (and So Will I) reminds us that animals are among our best teachers, our most powerful healers, and our most steadfast friends. I loved it!"-Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
The tale of a dog who wouldn't let go and the woman who followed his lead.
Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle - a cancer diagnosis of her own.
She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly star–crossed relationship. The Dog Lived (and so Will I) is an uplifting and heartwarming story about how dogs steal our hearts, show us how to live, and teach us how to love.
A heartwarming, hilarious book about dogs, relationships and surviving life's challenges with humor and grace is perfect for fans of Marley and Me, The Middle Place and A Dog's Purpose will love this touching memoir.
Other books by Teresa Rhyne:
Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I)
What readers are saying about The Dog Lived (And So Will I):
"infused with emotional moments and even more so with humor. The book is a wonderful mixture of it all."
"As much as this book is about thriving, not just surviving, during cancer, it is also a love story written to the beagle."
"A wonderfully poignant memoir straight from the heart"
"like "Marley and Me", but much better."
"INCREDIBLE - heartwarming, sad, funny, stressful and comforting all at once."
"A true gem for any dog lover and anyone who either has had cancer or knows/has known someone with cancer - which let's face it - is everyone."
"THIS MEMOIR IS WHAT ALL OTHER MEMOIRS SHOULD ASPIRE TO."
What reviewers are saying about The Dog Lived (And So Will I):
"This poignant and fast–moving memoir...is proof that even a hard–charging lawyer is no match for a big–hearted beagle." -Martin Kihn, author ofBad Dog (A Love Story)
"...encouraging tale of finding love and love in unexpected places..."-Publishers Weekly
"A book that dares to be honest and sad and hilarious all at once."-Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune
paranoid. They probably just wanted to spend more time with their son. Still, despite an enjoyable evening, my comfort level with his parents, never high to begin with, sank with each step I took out of the restaurant, my arm linked in Chris’s. I did not see them again for the rest of the summer. In early fall, I moved into my own townhome. I’d bought a place in the same complex where I’d been renting, only this one had been remodeled and upgraded in ways I never would have thought about. There
and feel sorry for both of us. He just wanted to have dinner, chomp on a few squeak toys, and chew on his rear end. It was Chris who had to put up with my crying, sniffling, and general ranting over the phone. I think I said “unfair” at least a dozen times, preceded by a few fookin’s without the Irish brogue. I tried to get Seamus to sleep on my bed with me that night, but he DogLivedSoWillI.indd 48 7/13/12 10:47 AM the dog li v ed ( A n d S o W i l l I ) 49 wouldn’t. He preferred the
still left behind in the body. If the margins were clear, that meant no signs of the cancer, at least at that point. No cancer. That would be good, I thought. He might not be terminal. “That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve got it all. Cancer cells are extremely small and difficult to detect until there’s a mass of them. But if we aren’t seeing any cancer on the edges of the tumor, we’re at least hopeful the cancer has been removed.” Okay, hopeful. I’d settle for hopeful. “And if it isn’t? If the
“recommended” surgeons they went. Thus, Kelly, my hairstylist, became the next person to know what I was dealing with. Her best friend’s mother had recently passed away from breast cancer, so Kelly also became the first person to cry when she heard the news. DogLivedSoWillI.indd 140 7/13/12 10:47 AM the dog li v ed ( A n d S o W i l l I ) 141 I chose not to tell anyone in my family what was happening, since most of them felt the same way I do about Christmas, and at this point there was
home and saw for themselves that he was, in fact, all grown up. And that it wasn’t a bad life he’d chosen, whether they agreed with his choices or not. We also decided that wine or alcohol of any sort was a bad idea—we needed every wit we had to be at full attention, but also, I knew I’d need to watch what I said carefully. The day of the meeting was an uncomfortably hot August day in Riverside (where temperatures often exceed one hundred degrees), and making matters worse, they had trouble