Learning To Love Unconditionally
September 23, 2010
Does loving a dog make us more human? This is one of the questions that Steven Winn, author of Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog, answers in his book. As a self-proclaimed dog lover, I was instantly drawn to the sweet picture of Como on the cover of this book, and fell in love with Como and his family as I read. Winn tells the story of his young daughter Phoebe who has wanted a dog for her entire life and the process of choosing a shelter pet. Before choosing a dog, Winn has the preconceived notion that his dog-to-be will bring him joy, delight, and compensate for his loneliness, as well as fulfill his twelve year old daughter’s wish for a pet. He soon learns though, that not only will he find love from his new dog, but he will learn important lessons from his wise and street weary shelter pet.
From the first page, I completely identified with Phoebe and her desperation for a dog. I felt the same way at twelve, and bothered my parents to no end until they finally gave in. And like Phoebe, I understood that shelter pets take time and patience. That hard work is worth it because after some time, my dog and Phoebe’s came around. Como seemed to finally find peace with his new family. Both dog and owner learn a few things about life and what it means to love unconditionally. By the end of the book, Como is enjoying his very own birthday party, celebrating with his family, and is content to be part of the pack.
September is the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month, celebrating the commitment it takes to have a canine companion. To learn more about adopting a shelter pet, explore other titles in the MCPL catalog under the subject of dog rescue.
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