“For lovers of Paris or anyone who has ever loved a dog.”
“Lauren’s Story is without contest my all-time favorite book about a love-affair with a nonhuman being. Lauren’s Story is the most heart-stopping beautiful, seamlessly written, cheerful, inspiring, mesmerizing, wise and funny book I’ve ever read about what animals can teach us about life, love, courage, peace, passion, and devotion. And Lauren’s legacy is proof that many of our most effective therapists, nurses, spiritual teachers, work-out coaches, dinner-dates, clowns, and angels have four legs instead of two! Read it and fall in love!”
---Amelia Kinkade, animal communicator
and author www.ameliakinkade.com
all animal lovers would agree that one of the most important lessons
animals teach is unconditional love. Lauren’s Story
is about the kind of unquestioning love that exists between humans
and their animal friends. Far from anthropomorphizing animals, Lauren’s
Story admires and respects them, even suggesting that we humans
be more like them: accepting, forgiving, nonjudgmental, living in
the present moment and enjoying life to its fullest, even in the
small, quiet moments.
a little stray beagle named for Lauren Bacall, is found unconscious
and nearly dead from starvation. She spends three weeks in intensive
care at the vets then is given back to Amy, the girl who found her.
Amy gives her to her sister, Kay who is living in Paris, and from
there a love story begins. Lauren learns to love the French capital,
and who wouldn’t? She dines out in some of Paris’ best
restaurants beside Kay as Kay reviews the food. But moments of joy
in life are ephemeral, for Lauren is plagued with illnesses from
aspirated pneumonia to laryngeal paralysis. Kay and Lauren return
to Virginia. Then in late September Lauren is diagnosed with transitional
cell carcinoma, one of the most difficult cancers to treat, and
the vets tell Kay Lauren will never make it to Christmas. Kay must
decide whether to put her to sleep or to attempt treatment. Lauren
undergoes radiation and chemotherapy. She makes it to Christmas
and to the New Year. She makes it to see the spring return, and
with the spring, comes the promise of hope.
Story is much more than just a rags to riches dog story. It’s
a testimony to the power of laughter and love to get us through
life, and ultimately the power of art as one of the most enduring
forces in life. For Francophile’s or for anyone who has ever
loved a dog, Lauren’s Story is a must.
here to order copies of Lauren’s Story.
--Susan Linden, Bark, the modern dog culture magazine
“Lauren’s Story is a tribute to life, and an invitation to cherish
every moment of it…. It is also an essay on happiness, both human