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Publisher's Summary

The obsessively controlled world of a high-strung therapist begins to come apart when she inherits a pair of old, neurotic Shih Tzus.

Ever since getting sober a few years ago, Allison Hilborn-Tatro has been dedicated to achieving what she calls "radical stability" in her life. She’s up before five each morning and asleep by nine every night. Her days as a family therapist and mother to one good-natured Labradoodle are orchestrated down to the minute, with little room for anything unexpected to barge in and knock her off the wagon.

That is, until the death of a neighbor she barely knew leaves her in possession of his two orphaned Shih Tzus. Not long after Coco and Nikki arrive at her door, Allison can feel her white-knuckled grip on her own existence start to slip. At first, her furry new wards demand more space in her life - and in her bed - than Allison’s willing to make for them. Before long, Coco and Nikki have not only barged into her tightly wound world, they’ve taken over. But instead of knocking her off the wagon, as she feared, they just might set her free.

Irreverent, honest, and utterly life affirming, A Dog Year reveals the ways in which a dog’s love can avail us to parts of ourselves we didn’t know were there. All the while Allison thought she was rescuing Coco and Nikki, she never expected they would be the ones saving her.

©2019 Allison Hilborn-Tatro (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Critic Reviews

“Allison Hilborn-Tatro is a fresh, funny, wrenchingly honest writer. I fell head over heels in love with A Dog Year.” (Gayle Brandeis, award-winning author)

"Bringing a rescue into our lives can be messy, and sometimes their quirks and needs can feel like too much, but what we find in Allison Hilborn-Tatro’s hilarious and vulnerable debut memoir, “A Dog Year,” is that by allowing a pet and rescue into our lives and our hearts, we can fix our own." (Guy Winch, PhD, author of How to Fix a Broken Heart

"Dog rescuer finds herself rescued by the dogs she adopts. Is there anything truer? A Dog Year is a treat." (Seth Casteel, bestselling author of Underwater Dogs)

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A charming and endearing tale.

This is a beautiful listen that unveils a tender story of survival and growth, for human and canine. Anyone who has dearly loved and felt changed by a dog, will greatly appreciate this story. Well worth your time.

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If you have ever had a dog change your life this is the book for you!

I binged this book over a weekend, it was so good. Even though the story is an autobiographical slice of the authors life - it deals with so many things that many of us can relate to. If you’ve ever had a dog that rescued you this is a must listen!

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Simultaneously thought-provoking and entertaining

Allison writes with such raw honesty...this book offers a refreshing and authentic perspective on human nature. It is hilarious at just the right moments. And if you’ve ever loved a dog, this book is for you!

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Incredible story! Easy read for all audiences!

This story is so good! Even my husband loves it and got teary eyed many times.

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laugh out loud funny, tear your heart out moving-

Tears: tears from laughing so hard, and tears from being truly moved. Allison Hilborn-Tatro, makes you feel. Her writting is honest and relatable. I highly recommend "A Dog Year"

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Unexpectedly engrossing!!!

Hilborn-Tatro’s amazing knack for story telling and insightful internal monologue turns a simple, seemingly mundane autobiographical tale of a woman who decides to adopt two dogs into a relatable, emotional, and gripping narrative. Anyone who has ever struggled with social anxiety, tried to control things that are uncontrollable, tried to neatly divide work from personal life, kept people at a distance under the guise of personal boundaries, accepted being alone, struggled with addiction, anxiety, or loneliness will instantly relate and often commiserate with Hilborn-Tatro’s story. It was filled with comedy, drama, and fearless introspection that that encouraged me to look at my own tendencies and interpersonal relationships. I look forward to more from this author and am recommending this book to all.

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More! More!

My daughter and I agreed years ago that a good movie makes you cry. Also laugh. And think. This book does all that with apparently effortless, poignant depth charges of honesty.

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Loved this story!!

I couldn’t stop listening to this story of a true life person ,her journey and her dogs!! I laughed and cried over and over! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves their dogs(or any pet) or to anyone who just wants to laugh and cry and feel good!! I hope there will be a sequel !! Great writing!!

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Beautifully written, emotionally honest, brought tears to my eyes, and by the end I was smiling. I loved this book.

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You won’t regret it!

I loved this book! This is not the sort of book I normally read, but I decided to give it a try. I listened to the whole book in a single day, not wanting to stop. There were funny moments, sad moments and heartwarming moments! It was a wonderful book!

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