Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance

Janice Gary

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Kathy Pooler

3 months ago

Janice Gary takes the reader on her journey of healing from a past sexual assault that left her fearful and immobilized. Barney, her black Lab, leads the way as they take walks in a public park and ends up being her trusty companion and mentor.

If you love dogs and have a pet, you will love this book. If you don’t, you will see the joy dogs bring to their human’s life. It is through these walks with Barney that Janice finds the courage to face her fears about what happened in the past and find the strength and inner peace she needs to move on in her life.

It is also a tribute to the strong bond that can be forged between a dog and a human.

Her words pulled me in through her raw honesty, vivid sensory detail and lyrical writing. I felt the pain of her past, the fear she faced in the moment and the joy of her eventual healing and freedom from fear.

It is a beautifully written memoir of courage, hope and healing that will stay with me for a long time.