Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “My Dad My Dog” by Rebecca Warner, Black Rose Writing, November 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Rebecca Warner, the author of “My Dad My Dog” has written a poignant, memorable, thought-provoking, story that pulls at one’s heart strings. The genres for this book are life fiction, domestic fiction, family life fiction, and animal fiction. The feel to this is almost a memoir or an autobiographical novel, although it is dubbed fiction. The timeline for this story is in the present, and goes to the past only when it pertains to the characters or events. The themes that surround the story are Alzheimers,aging, dignity, the importance of family, friends, support, love and hope.
I am both a dog lover, and was involved in the care-taking of a family member that had Alzheimer’s, and I found that this story was a well written, in a positive way. There is some humor, and the author has made this story intriguing. I appreciate that the author showed dignity, understanding, acceptance and honesty.
Rachel Morgan has take her father who has Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease out of a lovely assisted living home, when she realizes that they can no longer afford the fees. Rachel and her husband are trying hard to make ends meet, and the two of them and their older Black Lab are committed to do what it takes to help her father adjust to their home setting. This involves many hours of person care-taking which is physically and emotionally difficult.
What surprises Rachel the most is her Dad’s negative reaction to her beloved dog. As her father, and dog slowly adjust to one another Rachel notices some interesting observations. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking story for other readers.