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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Susan Wilson is back another signature heartwarming audiobook - one that begs the question: Can a dog lead the way to finding one's humanity?

After spending years in prison for a crime she didn’t intend to commit, Rose Collins is suddenly free. Someone who knows about the good work she has done - training therapy dogs while serving time - has arranged for her early release. This mysterious benefactor has even set her up with a job in the coastal Massachusetts community of Gloucester, on the edge of Dogtown, a place of legend and, for the first time since Rosie's whole world came crashing down, hope. There she works to rebuild her life with the help of Shadow, a stray dog who appears one rainy night and refuses to leave Rose’s side.

Meghan Custer is a wheelchair-bound war veteran who used to be hopeless, too. Living at home with her devoted but stifling parents felt a lot like being in prison, in fact. But ever since she was matched with a service dog named Shark, who was trained in a puppy-to-prisoner rehabilitation program, Meghan has a brand new outlook. Finally, she can live on her own. Go to work. And maybe, with Shark by her side, even find love again.

Two strong women on a journey toward independence whose paths collide in extraordinary ways. Two dogs who somehow manage to save them both. A tale of survival and a testament to the human spirit, The Dog I Loved is an emotional and inspiring audiobook that no listener will soon forget.

©2019 Susan Wilson (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“With a deft hand and keen eye, Susan Wilson brilliantly illuminates the emotional power of dogs to lighten our hearts and transform our lives.” (Nick Trout, New York Times best-selling author of The Wonder of Lost Causes)

"Broken souls are made whole in this beautiful story about the power of connecting. Susan Wilson does a gorgeous job of inhabiting her characters - both human and canine - in a book that captivates on every page. The Dog I Loved is tender, warm, insightful, and ultimately, very human." (Ellen Meister, author of The Other Life)

"The Dog I Loved is gorgeous and wrenching, psychologically astute and compassionate. I have always wanted to know what dogs think, and now I do. Susan Wilson gets into the hearts and minds of her complicated, brilliantly drawn characters, both human and canine. She has always been a writer of tremendous heart and insight; this is her best book yet." (Luann Rice, best-selling author of The Secret Language of Sisters)

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Abrupt Ending

I have been a big fan of Susan Wilson and thoroughly enjoyed all her previous books. However, the ending on “the Dog I Loved” was too abrupt. It was as though she got tired of writing or reached her deadline and just stopped. None of the storylines were brought to conclusion. I wasn’t clear what the role of the dog Shadow really was either. There were allusions to his having some more timeless purpose but that wasn’t really fleshed out. I would have given this a 5 star rating if she had really finished the book.

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It so we'll written and the narrator was superb. The entire story kept me engaged.

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Loved the story of strong women realizing their strength in difficult life situations. Loved the narrator!

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Loved it!

I absolutely love Susan Wilson’s dog books! The storylines are captivating and endearing. They are a great read for everyone who loves dogs! Honestly, I wanted the book to never end. So incredibly good.

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I am a fan of Susan Wilson

I liked this book a lot! I had a hard time putting it down. A good read for me. I love dogs, and wasn’t disappointed.

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Only a Dog Can

Susan Wilson shows us through this emotional story how only a dog can be accepted into the world of a truly broken person and help in the healing process. Only a dog will gladly sit on your feet or by your side day and night just to absorb your pain. The author very smartly takes us into the worlds of PTSD, wrongful imprisonment and family shunning. She shows us we all have the power to accept our tragic circumstances and consequences and perhaps even overcome them if we have that all powerful unconditional love to help us...Only a Dog Can do that. A lovely Book.