What would cause a cheese-loving, meat-eating lawyer to become a vegan? Her dog. Teresa Rhyme and Seamus the beagle both survived cancer once, so when Seamus develops yet another cancer, Teresa vows to fight again. Unsure of the best way to battle the unseen enemy, she embarks on some experiments to create a healthier life for her family. She finds better food for Seamus, and a plant-based diet becomes her own guide, but she realizes that's not enough for her - and it's not enough for the animals. As she searches for a more compassionate lifestyle, she struggles to find her place somewhere between a hypocrite in leather high heels and a hippie in a hemp skirt, all while coping with the threat of Seamus slipping away. When she encounters two other dogs who need help, including one rescued from animal testing, turning away seems impossible after everything she's discovered. Will turning her life upside-down to rescue two more beagles be the best medicine for everyone?
©2014 Teresa J. Rhyne (P)2014 Tantor
I would listed to this book again because it feels good to read/hear of precious, loving canines who can regard run-of-the-mill neurotic humans with unconditional acceptance and affection. The next best thing to having a dog to pet is to read about one, no make that two.
My favorite character was Comet, a little Beagle boy rescued from a testing lab. He was a bit introverted and rather droll.
I enjoyed the scene in which Teresa and Chris realize that Daphne is their forever Beagle.
It would be possible to listen to this book in one sitting, but it was more pleasant to take a couple of days on and off.
Teresa Rhyne, who says she's a trusts and estates lawyer, should use better grammar. Her pronouns are incorrect. She should either learn to use them correctly or get a better editor. Each use of an erroneous pronoun was jarring.
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