Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: In Search of a Perfect Dog

In Search of a Perfect Dog

 Just as there are no perfect people, there is no perfect dog but author Gary Shiebler tells the funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories of all the "less than perfect A Search for the Perfect Dogdogs" that he has shared his life with since he was a child. 

As someone who volunteers with our animal rescue groups here in Brevard, NC, and mom to two rescue dogs, Ace and Sunny, I related to so many of the stories Shiebler tells, especially the ones about the dogs he met while working at an animal center.  I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stories...and crying through others. Shielbler does a wonderful job of showing readers how these "less than perfect" dogs can be perfect in their own way...and how much we can all learn from them.

I give it 4 paws!





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Comment balloon 6 commentsCarol Clay • October 16 2011 01:46PM


I'm a HUGE animal lover--so thank you for the "paws up" on this new book....gotta bookmark this one as I'm always looking for a good book. Merle's Door is one to check mom sent it to me. Nonfiction, lovely, laugh/cry all of that EMOTIONAL stuff that we (who love animals) experience through the lives they share with us. Tek Kerasote is the author.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 7 years ago

I miss all my puppies I used to have.  There is no perfect dog but that is why it is so fun to have and enjoy all of them you can.   

Posted by Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

All four of our currnt dogs are rescue mutts; all less than perfect but all great dogs too.  Nice review.



Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I'll have to look for this book. All of the dogs I've had before could only be described as close enough to perfect for me!

Posted by Andrew Herren (Craig Massee Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Carol,  I remember asking my daughter to find a group and volunteer yher time and love to that group.  She chose two. One was at the local Humane Society where she helped socialize the young ones.   Of course, you know tat meant that we would also open our hearts and home to a critter !  Still part of our family - her and the dog !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 7 years ago

Bill - kudos to your daughter for her volunteer work. We've been working with animal rescue groups around here and we're always needing more volunteers...more help. We have a very old, high kill shelter in our county so it's a bottomless pit of need.

Both our dogs, Ace and Sunny, are rescues. Ace is an amazing real estate dog. He loves, loves, loves, walking land with my husband. And Sunny, who only knew life at the end of a chain before we adopted her, has learned that an open lap is an open invitation to snuggle.

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) over 7 years ago

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