Book Review: Circling the Waggins by C.A. Wulff
Posted on September 26, 2012 by WayCoolDogs
When we received the book, Circling the Waggins by C.A.Wulff, little did we know that we would be looking at the mirror image of WayCoolDogs. Rescuing dogs, for various reasons, forces an entire household into a 24X7 schedule, with the dogs’ needs over human needs … easily seen in the book, Circling the Waggins. The moment I began reading it, I would laugh at situations identical to our own, making the subtitle “How 5 misfit dogs saved me from bewilderness” a loving and acceptable way of life for both canines and their adoring rescuers.
Produced by Barking Planet Productions, Wulff’s statement “…every reader’s perception is unique, and that it is impossible to write a book that everybody will love,” untrue as every dog lover who reads Circling the Waggins will love it.
“If you ever visited an elderly person’s home and taken a gander at the collection of prescription pills on their kitchen countertop, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what our kitchen counter looked like in 2007, shortly before we adopted Waldo. We were at the time in our lives when five of the nine pets in our home were aged.”
We at WayCoolDogs can easily related to this paragraph, as our older dogs ranged from 11 to 22 years of age. Our grandma Barby, a miniature American Eskimo, had recently died at the age of 27. Other than becoming blind at the end, she was in good health to the end once we put her on MSM, once we had rescued her from a life of puppy mill circuses at the age of 16. An adoring and affectionate dog, we still see her coming around every corner.
However, the following paragraph really reached inside my heart, as when I go to bed, once you understand Waldo is a huge boxer mix who loves small dogs …. I myself have a little groupie section that goes with me for naps and at nighttime. They consist of one tiny Chihuahua who thinks she is a great Dane, two tiny Pomeranians, one rat/pom cross, and one big white Shiba-Inu who thinks she is a tiny dog. All of us fit on a narrow hospital bed that my brother, Steve, had given me. The rest go with Sandy to her room.
“When I open my eyes, I find Waldo crammed next to me on the narrow rollaway. His back is pressed against my belly, stretching from my knees to my collarbone. His head rests on my left shoulder and my right arm is flopped across his ribs. He is sound asleep, but his feet twitch and his legs move. He’s dreaming that he is running…… I feel Lamby-Lamb nestled against my back, and somebody — Rocket-Boy or Taco, is curled behind my knees….. This is “why” —I think to myself. This is why we keep filling our house up with dogs. This is why we risk the heartache: for this feeling of completeness and belonging.”
If you are a dog lover and find yourself relating to dogs as we do and Cayr Wulff, check out her website at < http://www.yelodoggie.com >and order the book, Circling the Waggins available in Kindle and book formats.
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