This book would make a valuable addition to the library of anyone considering adopting a troubled dog. The author is honest about what worked and what didn't as she and her husband transformed a neglected, anxiety-ridden shelter dog--even when she used unconventional methods. Unlike some, I understand the use of buzz collars in a temporary, supervised manner when a dog is showing aggression toward other dogs or people. I believe the author was responsible in the way she handled this difficult situation.
The information on Auskies (half Australian cattle dog/ half Siberian husky) was interesting. The unusual confluence of traits made for some trying as well as endearing characteristics. My previous dog was an Australian shepherd, so the tips about dealing with nipping and darting rang true.
The book is repetitive in places with some anecdotes being related two or three times. I probably read the word poop--admittedly not my favorite word--enough times to last a decade. I also would have liked more stories about the best friend that Dakota later became.
As the owner of a sometimes bad shelter dog of my own, I can only applaud and admire the author for the sacrifices she made not only to prevent Dakota's demise, but also to bring out the best friend hidden inside.