I laughed and cried my way thru each chapter. I told myself I knew this story of Rob and Bella. Um yeah. I couldn't put it down. Nope. It's a powerful read. Altho I am not a vet I could relate to losing someone dear, camping with my dog, failed relationships, losing a pet, divorced parents, not fitting in, finding new love, but most of all I know exactly how lab love can heal a broken soul. My sweet black Olive is my constant, a gift from God. I read some of the book to her and she loved Bella's voice. Buy this book for yourself and for those you love... we all need a reminder to travel more, embrace people more and to live and love more!!
Having followed Rob on Instagram since his and Bella’s story made national news, I already knew about most of the events he describes in his book. But, what he fills in now is the backstory and thoughts that aren’t revealed in abbreviated posts.
This is much more than a story about a guy and his dog. It’s a story about a guy struggling to reconcile his past and figure out how to move forward in the journey called ‘life’. Rob’s writing captivated me in his posts as much as his beautiful images. The book is written in the same manner. I have always felt his message to be authentic, as he presents the good, the bad, and the ugly and owns it all. His descriptions are vivid, but not overdone. He uses his story with Bella to illustrate his somewhat ragged journey, but also to inspire others. The writing evokes a range of emotions. I think it’s telling that even though I have never met Rob, in his writing I feel like I’m listening to a friend.
As a fur momma the love between Rob & Bella pulled on the heartstrings! The vulnerability sharing not only the intimate journey but the lessons learned on that journey is outstanding! Laughs, tears, heartache, love, family, friends - this has it all!
I am only on page 2 and I have cried a few times already. I find myself reading a few sentences, thinking how much of these words resonate with me and then find myself going back to read more. Then, I find myself thinking of Rob and Bella’s journey through the years on Facebook and find myself crying again... can not wait to finish the book this weekend and post another review .
I loved reading this heartfelt story about a good guy and his unconditional love for his amazing dog. I have been a follower of Rob's on Instagram during his journey with Bella and loved reading the backstory and details of the journey and the journey within himself to figure out what this life is all about. You will laugh, cry and come away being inspired to help others , get another dog and live life to the fullest. Book club worthy too! Great book Rob!
As a mom to a chocolate lab diagnosed with osteosarcoma who became a tripawd, I knew I just had to read this book. I had followed their journey on twitter, but to read this took it to a whole other level. Soul baring.
I purchased this book and sat it on a shelf. Then, I downloaded it on audible and chose to listen to it first. While I have known this story for years, hearing it come to life in Bobby’s voice and through the lens of his camera, made it more beautiful and more sorrowful than ever. His story has something for everyone. And I do mean, everyone. The single mom. The newly divorced. The grieving. The dog lover. The active duty service man or woman. The Veteran. The person looking to find their destiny. Everyone. You can digest this story little by little, so take your time. It will be time well spent, I guarantee.