E-mails from Shilo

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Barkley Publishing, LLC, 2008 - Pets - 92 pages
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There is more to being a dog than looking cute, chasing squirrels or figuring out how to get along with the resident cat - as the "mom" of Shilo, a rescued Golden Retriever, discovers when she uncovers a mysterious folder in her computer filled with nearly two years' worth of e-mails - from Shilo to Max, her sister's dog.

We see this world through his eyes and interpreted through his canine sensibilities. Shilo's underlying worry is that perhaps, like his first family, his new family may not want him anymore, that they too could suddenly disappear one day. This emotional experience gives his world a sympathetic perspective and forces him to deal with some very tough issues of his own. It is his surprising discussions with his friend, sage and mentor, a Basset Hound named Sammy that gives Shilo's stories a mysterious twist. Sammy reveals the lore and history of the wolf and the wisdom they passed along throughout the ages to the dog world. As a student philosopher, Shilo endeavors to comprehend life as he lives it with his family and friends and ventures to resolve the true meaning of who he is. As an explorer, he is curious yet mystified by his experiences: human behavior, emotions, music, snow, death, Christmas trees, TV and always...cats. "E-mails from Shilo" starts as a story about an amiable, curious, and very confused dog - and ends up an inspiring adventure for humans of all ages. It is a tale of self-discovery, responsibility, companionship, humor, friendship and love. This lovely book is filled with more than 50 illustrations.

 

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