Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Michigan State University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2013)
It’s hard to believe that a walk in the park can change a life – let alone two – but for Janice Gary and her dog Barney, that’s exactly what happened.
Gary always walked with a big dog by her side and had ever since being attacked on the streets of Berkley as a young woman. For years, she relied on her beloved Husky to help her navigate the world on her own. Then he succumbed to canine cancer, leaving Janice alone and vulnerable once again. Enter Barney: a goofy, gangly stray Gary discovers wandering loose in a Piggly Wiggly parking lot. With biscuit-sized paws and a big, blocky head, the pup promises to grow into her biggest protector yet. And he does – but after an attack by a vicious dog, Barney becomes overly protective and barely manageable. Walking him anywhere becomes almost impossible; but walking without him is unthinkable.
It’s only when Gary risks bringing Barney to a local park on the Chesapeake Bay that both their lives change forever. There, Janice faces her deepest fears and discovers the grace of the natural world, the power of love and the potency of her own strengths. And Barney loses the leash of his own fears. Beautifully written, Short Leash is a moving tale of love and loss, the journey of a broken soul finding its way toward wholeness.
“There were innumerable times when I was just knocked over by this book. This is a stunningly beautiful story told by a gifted writer.” –-Meredith Hall, author of N.Y. Times Bestseller, Without a Map
“Short Leash… isn’t quite a dog book—even though the title and the cover picture both relate to a big, lovable black lab named Barney. No, Short Leash is instead an impossibly beautiful portrait of two damaged souls and how they lean on one another to heal, hurt, and find their way back to happiness after unspeakable tragedy.”–Independent Publisher
“Pema Chodron has said that the best way to deal with fear is to lean into it, diffusing its effect by letting it inform you and staying present. Suffering the after-effects of traumatizing attacks, Gary and her dog Barney leaned into their fears and in doing so, freed themselves from them. An inspiring and uncompromisingly honest story.” The Bark Magazine
Named an “Editor’s Pick” from New Pages.com.
Named an “Indie Groundbreaking Memoir:” Independent Publisher
Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, which was chosen as a “Groundbreaking memoir” by Independent Publisher and a New Pages “Editor’s Pick”. She is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir and the Ames Award for Personal Essay. As a writing coach, she helps others writers find their unique voice and stories. In between her work and appearances for Short Leash, she blogs at janicegary.com.
Janice Gary’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, December 16th: Book Club Classics!
Tuesday, December 17th: The Book Wheel
Wednesday, December 18th: BookNAround
Monday, December 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, December 26th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, December 30th: Bookchickdi
Thursday, January 2nd: Peppermint Ph.D.
Monday, January 6th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, January 7th: Teena in Toronto
Wednesday, January 8th: Bibliotica
Thursday, January 9th: Book-alicious Mama
Friday, January 10th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, January 13th: Book Dilettante
Tuesday, January 14th: My Bookshelf
Wednesday, January 15th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, January 16th: Suko’s Notebook
Wednesday, January 22nd: Shelf Pleasure – author guest post