Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances

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Inspiring Voices, Apr 11, 2012 - Pets - 224 pages
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When B.J. Taylor first read about rescue dog Charlie Bear, she gazed at his photograph and knew right away he was the dog for her. She just hoped her husband, Roger, would agree. Thankfully, he did, and in the subsequent year, both B.J. and Roger soon discovered that Charlie Bear was brought into their world for a very special reason—to teach them about life, love, and second chances.

Charlie Bear shares an intimate look at the first year in the life of a dog nearly labeled “unadoptable” by his foster mother due to his long list of behavioral issues. As he begins his new life, Charlie Bear ferociously guards his food and toys, throws temper tantrums, and is sensitive to touch. Although B.J. doubts their sanity in adopting Charlie Bear after he repeatedly attacks their other dog, Rex, she is determined to make it work for the sake of her husband, who has fallen in love. But when B.J.’s world begins to fall apart, she shares how time, patience, and faith helped her realize that Charlie Bear was not the only one who needed a second chance—she did, too.

Charlie Bear offers a loving tribute to a rescue dog that eventually sheds his headstrong ways, becomes a loving member of a family, and ultimately changes three lives forever.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER TWO
9
CHAPTER THREE
13
CHAPTER FOUR
19
CHAPTER FIVE
26
CHAPTER SIX
30
CHAPTER SEVEN
35
CHAPTER EIGHT
39
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
129
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
132
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
138
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
141
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
143
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
146
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
151
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
157

CHAPTER NINE
49
CHAPTER TEN
54
CHAPTER ELEVEN
59
CHAPTER TWELVE
66
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
73
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
78
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
82
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
88
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
92
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
100
CHAPTER NINETEEN
107
CHAPTER TWENTY
113
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
124
CHAPTER THIRTY
163
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
166
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
172
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
177
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
180
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
184
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
193
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
195
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
201
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
205
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
213
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
215
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About the author (2012)

B.J. TAYLOR has contributed more than thirty inspirational stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also writes for Guideposts magazine and Angels on Earth. B.J. lives in Southern California with her husband and rescue dog, Charlie Bear.
Visit her online at www.bjtayloronline.com.

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