U is for Understood

Kari and Isis 2010

The best part of publishing Isis’s story, Bark and Lunge, has been getting feedback from other dog owners who relate to our experience.

Some fellow dog-bloggers have been very kind to review the book on their sites, and I’ve excerpted their reviews on my Media page.

Last week, I commented on this great post by The Pet Mom about adopting older dogs. She responded to my comment, I responded back, and this led to her buying my book and tweeting about it. That alone was thrilling, but then she emailed me after finishing the book.

Among her kind words were these: You went way above and beyond what most pet parents ever would. Her sweet, happy, precious personality shone through the book as well, and I too fell in love with Isis — what a beautiful, wonderful girl! I really wish I could have known her.

I wrote the book so people who have challenging reactive dogs would be able to find answers more easily than I did. I wanted them to feel understood, and to know there are others going through the same thing.

Of course all writers want to hear that readers enjoyed the book, but as a parent to a challenging dog, to hear that readers connected with Isis as a character, and wished they could have known her — that makes me feel understood.

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m using all positive language in my posts. Read the story of how positive training helped my reactive dog Isis in my book, Bark and Lunge!


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Published by Kari Neumeyer

Writer, editor, dog mom, ovarian cancer survivor

6 thoughts on “U is for Understood

  1. Nice job, great story and post… thank you for all the good vibes!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There’s no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood… is Nuts?

  2. Such an important word when you share your life with a reactive dog! It’s always nice to connect with other people with similar experiences and know you’re not alone!

  3. Good for you. Mom says we are all works in progress. New behaviors pop up all the time and need to be dealt with. Living with three independent thinking breeds isn’t always easy for our human, but she enjoys the challenge. Hope you book does well. The writing is the easy part, marketing is the hardest part.

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