Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself by Julie Klam

Julie Klam is coming out with a follow up to You Had Me at Woof. I'd enjoy her mix of stories about living in NYC, loving dogs, fostering dogs, and falling in love (Read my review here). Her latest book, Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Your Life continues  where she'd left off. 

Love at First Bark: Dogs and the People They Saved

The blurb:
With with and warmth, Julie Klam chronicles her adventures in finding a home for the world's sweetest pit bull, fostering a photogenic special-needs terrier, and diving under a train to save an injured stray in New Orleans.  Along the way, she finds that helping dogs in their fight to survive puts our own problems in perspective, and shows that caring for others, be they canine or human, can sometimes be the best way to care for ourselves.  A hilarious and moving testament to the powerful bond between people and dogs, this is a book for anyone whose life has been changed -- for the better -- by an animal.

Love at First Bark picks up soon after You Had Me at Woof.  Julie and her husband with their daughter Violet and their dogs Beatrice, Wisteria, and Fiorello in a small one bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Washington Heights area.   Money's tight and their landlord raised their rent.  Julie looks for a new neighborhood and home and carries on with her vocation of rescuing dogs.

As she tells it, the dogs come to her almost by chance.  She walks around aware of abandoned dogs and with an open heart. So a family outing mutates into a rescue that takes her out of state.  And the couple's much needed vacation becomes a volunteer mission in New Orleans.  Klam is always funny and sympathetic.  Just as You Had Me At Woof, Love At First Bark has left me longing for a dog of my own.

ISBN-10: 1594488282 - Hardcover $21.95
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (October 18, 2011), 192 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night With David Letterman, she went on to write for such publication as O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination.  She lives with her husband, daughter, and several dogs in Manhattan.


  1. When you help others, you can't help helping yourself. Even so, I always keep the number of my dog bite attorney los angeles handy, just in case.