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The tale of a dog who wouldn't let go and the woman who followed his lead. Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decid The tale of a dog who wouldn't let go and the woman who followed his lead. Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle - a cancer diagnosis of her own. She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly star–crossed relationship. The Dog Lived (and so Will I) is an uplifting and heartwarming story about how dogs steal our hearts, show us how to live, and teach us how to love. "This poignant and fast–moving memoir of Teresa and Seamus—both definitely Type A personalities— is proof that even a hard–charging lawyer is no match for a big–hearted beagle. Their mutual triumph over terrible trials is a testament to the healing power of dogs. Four paws up!" —Martin Kihn, author of Bad Dog (A Love Story) "This encouraging tale of finding love and love in unexpected places is full of small yet valuable life lessons that any animal–lover would appreciate."—Publishers Weekly "A book that dares to be honest and sad and hilarious all at once. It will help inspire many people to respond to the unexpected in their own lives with humor and grace."—Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune


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The tale of a dog who wouldn't let go and the woman who followed his lead. Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decid The tale of a dog who wouldn't let go and the woman who followed his lead. Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle - a cancer diagnosis of her own. She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly star–crossed relationship. The Dog Lived (and so Will I) is an uplifting and heartwarming story about how dogs steal our hearts, show us how to live, and teach us how to love. "This poignant and fast–moving memoir of Teresa and Seamus—both definitely Type A personalities— is proof that even a hard–charging lawyer is no match for a big–hearted beagle. Their mutual triumph over terrible trials is a testament to the healing power of dogs. Four paws up!" —Martin Kihn, author of Bad Dog (A Love Story) "This encouraging tale of finding love and love in unexpected places is full of small yet valuable life lessons that any animal–lover would appreciate."—Publishers Weekly "A book that dares to be honest and sad and hilarious all at once. It will help inspire many people to respond to the unexpected in their own lives with humor and grace."—Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune

30 review for The Dog Lived (and So Will I): A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Donna Davis

    Thanks! I needed that. (My fifth star is generally reserved for works of greatness or the extraordinary; as light reads go, this one is as good as it gets). In late April, my teenager went out walking with our beagle, as is her custom, after school. We live in a major urban US city, and our home is on a secondary arterial. It was Friday at rush hour, and she was deep inside her head. When the two of them crossed the street without looking, the driver who hit them hadn't the time to even brake or Thanks! I needed that. (My fifth star is generally reserved for works of greatness or the extraordinary; as light reads go, this one is as good as it gets). In late April, my teenager went out walking with our beagle, as is her custom, after school. We live in a major urban US city, and our home is on a secondary arterial. It was Friday at rush hour, and she was deep inside her head. When the two of them crossed the street without looking, the driver who hit them hadn't the time to even brake or sound the horn. It was so fast, and so sickening. Two months later, my daughter has recovered from her concussion and broken leg, but the dog is still in the cone-o-doom, and he has worn my patience right down to the nub. At first we were, naturally, just delighted he was alive and did not lose his leg, but doing nurse duty for an injured beagle 24/7 will take it out of a person. I was cruising BN's site looking for a not-too-pricey book for my nook, and this one looked just like what the doctor ordered. And it was. In The Dog Lived (and So Will I), Seamus (for you non-Gaelic-proficient folks, that's SHAY-muss) the beagle gets cancer, and like me, the writer has a cone-headed beagle that needs constant attention. I laughed my butt off at the typically beagle-like incidents involving garbage, stolen food, and the time he got his cone-headed self stuck in the doggie door. Yes, yes, yes. Rhyne is dumbfounded, just as the dog is pronounced clear and clean, to find that the lump in her right breast is what she feared it was. Though I have never had cancer, I have nursed a spouse through a particularly sinister type of the disease, so again, this struck home. She takes an appropriately serious tone, but also includes enough of the kind deeds of others and the coping mechanisms she used to lighten it up to readable level. There is no funereal air to it; it won't bring you down. And just as the title suggests, she gets through it, comes back clean, and we can all go to sleep at the end of the book feeling oh, so much better. My only sorrow is that I went through it so quickly! I need another book now. Aroooo!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I absolutely adored this book! Being a breast cancer survivor and my pug just recently diagnosed with mast cell cancer, this book really hit home. I laughed out loud and cried with them on their individual journeys. I wish them both the best of luck with their health! P.S. I have an 87% chance of beating cancer! P.S.S. My dog lost her battle with metastatic lung tumors yesterday. She was such a sweet dog! She will be sorely missed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    I picked up this little gem for two reasons. First of all, as everyone knows, I'm a sucker for dog stories, and second, the title.I didn't want to get my heart broken. I'm not averse to sadness in literature, just not right now. Teresa Rhyne tells her story as she lives her life with a tyrannical but lovable beagle named Seamus and her much younger boyfriend Chris. I insert the big age difference as it figures heavily in her story. Of course, as the title infers, there is a life threatening sit I picked up this little gem for two reasons. First of all, as everyone knows, I'm a sucker for dog stories, and second, the title.I didn't want to get my heart broken. I'm not averse to sadness in literature, just not right now. Teresa Rhyne tells her story as she lives her life with a tyrannical but lovable beagle named Seamus and her much younger boyfriend Chris. I insert the big age difference as it figures heavily in her story. Of course, as the title infers, there is a life threatening situation in the form of cancer for both Teresa and Seamus. As she fights for balance and to stay in control of her life,she also finds strength and humor she did't know she possessed. While as the title infers, everyone lives, there is conflict aplenty as Teresa deals with a largely untrainable rescue dog and his cancer, family issues as well as her own innate pessimistic view of life. I loved this book. Hands down one of the best first person narratives about living with breast cancer and how we can take a lesson or two from our four-legged friends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    I made it to the 54% mark and gave up. I am thankful however that I'm not a neighbor. An ever HOWLING beagle... and she expected sympathy and forgiveness from her neighbors because he and then she had cancer? While I appreciate anyone's coping and dealing with cancer or other serious disease/illness, I found there was too much repetitious detail. I have dogs myself....even lost one a year ago to cancer. It's a tough diagnosis to live with. I found I was second-guessing almost every decision....not I made it to the 54% mark and gave up. I am thankful however that I'm not a neighbor. An ever HOWLING beagle... and she expected sympathy and forgiveness from her neighbors because he and then she had cancer? While I appreciate anyone's coping and dealing with cancer or other serious disease/illness, I found there was too much repetitious detail. I have dogs myself....even lost one a year ago to cancer. It's a tough diagnosis to live with. I found I was second-guessing almost every decision....not just with the medical issues, but even if to make the bed in the mornings. But the pacing of this book was just so uneven for me. It bothered me that I couldn't figure out the chronology of the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth7781

    I would give this book TEN stars if I could, based on the fact that Teresa Rhyne's writing style was such a delight. To say that the book is funny is a serious understatement. Within the first ten minutes of starting the book, I was throwing my head back in laughter, tears of hilarity on my cheeks. More than once, I had to stop reading and calm down the tears so I could see the page again. Ms Rhyne's humor is peerless. I do not recall ever reading a book that had that effect on me. The fact that I would give this book TEN stars if I could, based on the fact that Teresa Rhyne's writing style was such a delight. To say that the book is funny is a serious understatement. Within the first ten minutes of starting the book, I was throwing my head back in laughter, tears of hilarity on my cheeks. More than once, I had to stop reading and calm down the tears so I could see the page again. Ms Rhyne's humor is peerless. I do not recall ever reading a book that had that effect on me. The fact that the book is the story of her journey (twice) through cancer makes this humor all the more astonishing. We hear repeatedly how important in illness it is to "keep a good attitude". Ms Rhyne is the first to admit that she is not a natural born optimist, but she learns the power of optimism through this journey. I appreciated the blunt candor in sharing her lows with us as well. You don't get to experience the mountaintop without walking through a few valleys and her joy is made more real by the sorrows she described to us readers. As much as this book is about thriving, not just surviving, during cancer, it is also a love story written to the beagle. Not just any beagle although one quickly learns that beagles are king in Ms Rhyne's doggy world. I finished the book, wishing I could have met "Seamus the Famous". Wow, that is quite a dog! We get to know him through Ms Rhyne's ability to describe what Seamus is thinking (which were hands down the laugh-out-loud lines in the book). I will close this review by thanking Ms Rhyne for the new, classy expletive she taught readers (that was the first time I roared in laughter). Because I don't want to be a spoiler, I will instead suggest you read the book for yourself.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Nutini

    I had been told about this book by a friend before it was even released. He said it would be a "must-read" and that he was having Teresa on his pet-themed radio show in early October. Being a big fan of beagles and seeing a cute face on the cover didn't hurt either! So I pre-ordered it for my iPad and it downloaded on the release day. I happened to be sick in bed the day it was released, so this was perfect timing, because laying in bed reading was about all I could do anyway. I read 70% of it in I had been told about this book by a friend before it was even released. He said it would be a "must-read" and that he was having Teresa on his pet-themed radio show in early October. Being a big fan of beagles and seeing a cute face on the cover didn't hurt either! So I pre-ordered it for my iPad and it downloaded on the release day. I happened to be sick in bed the day it was released, so this was perfect timing, because laying in bed reading was about all I could do anyway. I read 70% of it in the first day, stopping only because my Nyquil knocked me out :) I woke up first thing the next morning and finished it. Literally could not put it down. It is very well written. A great balance of real-life experience being dictated the way it happened, very candidly. It is also infused with emotional moments and even more so with humor. The book is a wonderful mixture of it all. By the end, you really feel like you know Teresa, Chris and their dog Seamus. Teresa really draws you in with her writing style and willingness to basically "tell all" about dealing with cancer. Can't recommend highly enough - you will be inspired, shocked, saddened, emotional, amused and uplifted as you go through the journey with Seamus and Teresa.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teeliles

    I love dogs, and with the title reassuring me that there would be a happy ending (I don't think that's much of a spoiler, given that The Dog Lived is in the title), despite the seriousness of the subject matter, I was sure that I would enjoy this book. Also, the story -- actually a memoir -- parallels some of my own experiences (the protagonist and I even share the same name: Teresa, without the 'h'!). I was, however, disappointed. I found the writing style just a bit juvenile. Perhaps that's un I love dogs, and with the title reassuring me that there would be a happy ending (I don't think that's much of a spoiler, given that The Dog Lived is in the title), despite the seriousness of the subject matter, I was sure that I would enjoy this book. Also, the story -- actually a memoir -- parallels some of my own experiences (the protagonist and I even share the same name: Teresa, without the 'h'!). I was, however, disappointed. I found the writing style just a bit juvenile. Perhaps that's unfair, as I was just coming off Very Serious authors such as Neil Gaiman. Given the other Goodreads reviews, I am evidently in the minority, so other readers might very well find the book more enjoyable than I did. If in doubt, borrow from the library.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Adams

    A wonderfully poignant memoir straight from the heart, written with much humor by a breast cancer survivor who also has a beagle who survived cancer and helped give her the courage to overcome adversity! Very eye-opening and inspirational for all of us...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ewald

    It is ironic that Theresa's dog, Seamus, gets cancer, and after dealing with that, she gets breast cancer. Funny, and somewhat sarcastic, view of the medical industry, pet and human. I liked this book. It is ironic that Theresa's dog, Seamus, gets cancer, and after dealing with that, she gets breast cancer. Funny, and somewhat sarcastic, view of the medical industry, pet and human. I liked this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jason Pellegrini

    It is a super rare occasion where I will actually stop reading a book. Usually I'll troop it out until the end just to see how it all ends. This was one of those rare occasions. I'm sorry, but I couldn't stand another second of this book. 65% was my breaking point. It is essentially a step-by-step, day-by-day, play-by-play of cancer treatments for a dog and then a woman. And despite the powerful message the story has, it isn't a story that hasn't been told already a million times over. Unless yo It is a super rare occasion where I will actually stop reading a book. Usually I'll troop it out until the end just to see how it all ends. This was one of those rare occasions. I'm sorry, but I couldn't stand another second of this book. 65% was my breaking point. It is essentially a step-by-step, day-by-day, play-by-play of cancer treatments for a dog and then a woman. And despite the powerful message the story has, it isn't a story that hasn't been told already a million times over. Unless you are a cancer survivor or someone battling to survive cancer, there is nothing in this book worth while, even for animal lovers, this book might be a stretch. I feel bad knocking it because it was meant inspirational nonfiction, but it was jus not a good story and is drawn out and boring. I think it is the third book in my entire adult life that I put down because it was so boring.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    How can a book about both a dog and a person getting cancer be funny and uplifting? I have no idea but, Teresa pulled it off. There were a lot of stories in here that had me chuckling out loud. I thought she handled the stories about Chris' parents with such delicacy, honesty and integrity - so well done. This is about love, laughter and life and she nailed all three. Well done. How can a book about both a dog and a person getting cancer be funny and uplifting? I have no idea but, Teresa pulled it off. There were a lot of stories in here that had me chuckling out loud. I thought she handled the stories about Chris' parents with such delicacy, honesty and integrity - so well done. This is about love, laughter and life and she nailed all three. Well done.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Giggles

    Cancer - and losing loved ones to it - is something I am very familiar with, and I recently lost a beloved dog to mouth cancer when I stumbled upon the rave reviews for this book. I don't want to read another Marley & Me, where any heartwarming tales of selfless love and affection only a dog would give leads to his death and everyone crying and acting like the dog deserves to be canonized. I want a story with sad moments, but with a happier ending. This book seems to fit the bill. Looking for so Cancer - and losing loved ones to it - is something I am very familiar with, and I recently lost a beloved dog to mouth cancer when I stumbled upon the rave reviews for this book. I don't want to read another Marley & Me, where any heartwarming tales of selfless love and affection only a dog would give leads to his death and everyone crying and acting like the dog deserves to be canonized. I want a story with sad moments, but with a happier ending. This book seems to fit the bill. Looking for some catharsis, I ordered this book and, when it finally arrived at my doorstep, had a box of tissues ready for the glorious tear fest. Well, I did have hopes. The author starts off the whole thing more preoccupied with her love affair with Chris, who is more than ten years younger than her. She also decides to adopt a beagle, whom she calls Seamus. Eventually, she discovers that Seamus has cancer, and then, later, oh dear, so does she. This memoir shares the experiences of the author as she deals with these revelations. At the time of writing, Seamus had passed on, and I were a heartless person, I'd make a tasteless remark about how the sunshine and heartwarming rainbow trips promised by the publicity materials are just a lie as, in the end, we all get screwed by death so we may as well just party our days and nights away while waiting for the inevitable. But I am a dog person, and I have nothing but admiration and good wishes for the author, both for her caring for Seamus and the other dogs in her life. Indeed, I have no problems at all with this story. Her experiences related to those visits to medical establishments bring back some unhappy memories, but the feel good message in this story does allow for some cathartic experience. It's just that this book is a laborious read, especially in those moments before the cancer drama drops. The pacing is erratic. Weeks and even months could pass between one paragraph to another. Mundane events and more significant moments are narrated in the same casual pace, when things could have been more readable had the more significant moments been framed in a manner that make them stand out from the more mundane scenes. For a long time, the whole thing reads like a day-to-day diary, written without any intention of keeping an audience interested. While I do sympathize with the author's conflicted feelings about her developing relationship with a younger man - she has many reservations about their age difference and how their families would react to their relationship - I bought this book for the cancer drama and I ended up feeling like a black-hearted wretch for muttering impatiently inside my head, "Where's the cancer? This is boring. I want the cancer!" The whole thing picks up considerably in the late third of the memoir, when the author has finally found a rhythm that allows the narrative to move along in a more readable, less dry tempo. This is also the part where there is some emotional resonance to be found, and really, I adore Seamus and I was devastated when I learned from the author's blog that he had passed on. It is also nice to see the author and Chris still going strong all this while, so yes, this book does have lots of love and warm fuzzy moments tailor-made for fellow dog people everywhere. It could have been better written with a stronger sense of pacing, though. The author's attempts at humor can also be more cringe-inducing than actually funny. Adorable dying dogs can only carry a memoir so far.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nel

    I find it difficult to rate memoirs because they are so personal; I certainly steer clear of rating the experience, but rather focus on the writing style and content. I always appreciate someone’s honesty in writing their own story; unfortunately, much of this particular story seemed somewhat contrived and forced. For example, she discussed her and her younger boyfriend in the bathtub ad nauseam, and explained her status as a cougar excessively! We get it already: you’re dating a younger man and I find it difficult to rate memoirs because they are so personal; I certainly steer clear of rating the experience, but rather focus on the writing style and content. I always appreciate someone’s honesty in writing their own story; unfortunately, much of this particular story seemed somewhat contrived and forced. For example, she discussed her and her younger boyfriend in the bathtub ad nauseam, and explained her status as a cougar excessively! We get it already: you’re dating a younger man and your sex life is fantastic, now let’s get on with the story! Also, one particular joke lost its charm after countless references to Cousin Seamus’ accented pronunciation of a particular curse word. In addition, there were so many irrelevant details thrown in (i.e. what outfit she wore to her first chemo appointment, what she ate for breakfast on any given morning, etc…), that I found myself skimming often, just to get to the important parts of the book. Finally, her attempt at humor by "speaking for" Seamus was never as humorous as she must've intended it to be. On a more positive note, I appreciated that she shared her own journey with us so that we had a clearer understanding of what, exactly, happens during a woman’s struggle with breast cancer. Some of the information was surprising and unexpected, and it was during those moments that it felt most honest. I feel bad that she and her poor pup went through so much in such a short amount of time, and was happy for her when things worked in her favor. Seamus was certainly one heck of a challenging canine, and it was very evident that she had unusual patience and undying love for him. Also, I was happy for her that Chris seemed like a truly strong partner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A few of the dog stories were funny, but I felt like I was reading a blog rather than a book: - "Come on, beagle bowel movement!" - "I would have wagged my tail if I had one. Good patient! Good, good patient!" - "It's not cute??!!!" She made use of this dual or triple exclamation point/question mark quite frequently. - She also included many, many asides written in parentheses. There was one on nearly every page. I hate to say this because the writer seemed like a very nice person in her book, but h A few of the dog stories were funny, but I felt like I was reading a blog rather than a book: - "Come on, beagle bowel movement!" - "I would have wagged my tail if I had one. Good patient! Good, good patient!" - "It's not cute??!!!" She made use of this dual or triple exclamation point/question mark quite frequently. - She also included many, many asides written in parentheses. There was one on nearly every page. I hate to say this because the writer seemed like a very nice person in her book, but her writing style came across so incredibly juvenile to me. Also, I like dogs - I've even owned one for over 10 years now - but I'm not a fan when people overly humanize them, refer to their dogs as their children, or talk about themselves as their dog's "mom" or "mommy." If the author's dog barked or howled, she would usually include some lengthy, italicized thought bubble for her dog and state in her own words what she thought the dog might be thinking. I realize this was meant to be humorous, but it was a bit too much for me. I guess I might not be a dog person after all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Barney

    I "got" Teresa, the main character. Being an attorney, she has, as many do, a great sense of humor and the exact words to express it. Aside from that, we are Beagle lovers as well (It takes one to know one.) and I'm a retired nurse so for me, what's not to love? The book will appeal to many in my category but also women in the breast cancer battle, those who love dogs with or without mast cell cancer, and those who have loved and lost and finally found her/his soul mate. I also happen to like bi I "got" Teresa, the main character. Being an attorney, she has, as many do, a great sense of humor and the exact words to express it. Aside from that, we are Beagle lovers as well (It takes one to know one.) and I'm a retired nurse so for me, what's not to love? The book will appeal to many in my category but also women in the breast cancer battle, those who love dogs with or without mast cell cancer, and those who have loved and lost and finally found her/his soul mate. I also happen to like biographies and real people stories. This is a book right up there with Marley and Me. I laughed aloud many nights when reading and felt myself right there in horror with her at some facets of our present medical system. Loved it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Loved this book, as any dog lover would. I thought her writing got better and better (less self-conscious) as the book progressed. Her descriptions of her experience with chemo and health care providers were so vivid! Her relationship with Chris charming! I'm recommending to all my friends! Loved this book, as any dog lover would. I thought her writing got better and better (less self-conscious) as the book progressed. Her descriptions of her experience with chemo and health care providers were so vivid! Her relationship with Chris charming! I'm recommending to all my friends!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carina

    An amazing book!! It will remain in my heart for a long time. I would give 10 stars if I could.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie Kaldor

    I read this specifically for the Read Harder challenge of "Read a book featuring a beloved pet that doesn't die." I saw the title and was optimistic that this could check that box! Teresa is a successful lawyer with a handsome younger boyfriend, but still recovering from the emotional toll of her second divorce and the loss of two beloved pets. When the pet adoption center calls her with news of a new beagle, she jumps at the chance to become a dog mom once more! Seamus is ornery and adorable, an I read this specifically for the Read Harder challenge of "Read a book featuring a beloved pet that doesn't die." I saw the title and was optimistic that this could check that box! Teresa is a successful lawyer with a handsome younger boyfriend, but still recovering from the emotional toll of her second divorce and the loss of two beloved pets. When the pet adoption center calls her with news of a new beagle, she jumps at the chance to become a dog mom once more! Seamus is ornery and adorable, and Teresa is obsessed. After some concerns about a lump, Teresa learns that Seamus has cancer. Her time advocating for Seamus's care unknowingly prepares her for her own cancer diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive forms. As someone who is equally dog-obsessed about her own beagles, I really really enjoyed this book. She was candid about her experience with the healthcare system, but also the price her relationship with her boyfriend Chris and family took as a result. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves their dog and wants a lighthearted look at a tragic situation. Read Harder 21 - read a book with a beloved pet that doesn’t die

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Pickle

    I loved this book! I always worry when reading books with animals, but the animal might die or something bad could happen. Luckily, the title of the book cleared that up for me at the very beginning. I love memoirs, especially when they are so well written. Following Seamus and then Theresa’s journey through cancer was very rewarding. Don yourself a favor and read this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cara Achterberg

    It says something when I check the box 'fun' on the goodreads list in regards to a book about cancer. But this was a fun read - Rhyne has a gift for taking something really hard or painful and sharing it in a way that doesn't just make you feel, but makes you laugh. Her writing is so deliciously smart and her stories so honest, that you can't help but root for her and fall in love with her dogs too. I loved this book on so many levels - as a dog-person, a writer, and as a woman. It was compulsiv It says something when I check the box 'fun' on the goodreads list in regards to a book about cancer. But this was a fun read - Rhyne has a gift for taking something really hard or painful and sharing it in a way that doesn't just make you feel, but makes you laugh. Her writing is so deliciously smart and her stories so honest, that you can't help but root for her and fall in love with her dogs too. I loved this book on so many levels - as a dog-person, a writer, and as a woman. It was compulsively readable and I was so sorry to reach the last page.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    She and her Beagle are Survivivors A novel of inspirational proportion. If you have a dog and or yourself that is a member of the "C" Club you will love this Memoir.Step by step identity and treatment are delved into, in a very personable way. Also I loved how unconditionally the author loved her beagle. She and her Beagle are Survivivors A novel of inspirational proportion. If you have a dog and or yourself that is a member of the "C" Club you will love this Memoir.Step by step identity and treatment are delved into, in a very personable way. Also I loved how unconditionally the author loved her beagle.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Visser

    I really enjoyed the book. It is somewhat like "Marley and Me", but much better. I found "Marley" to be contrived, but this one was sincere and very enjoyable. I like how Teresa dealt with her horrible ordeals with grace and humour. Her relationship with Chris is very sweet and I can see why there was a line up for people to take her place if things didn't work out! I cna't say I would have spent that much money on keeping Seamus alive... but that's only because I don't have that much money to spe I really enjoyed the book. It is somewhat like "Marley and Me", but much better. I found "Marley" to be contrived, but this one was sincere and very enjoyable. I like how Teresa dealt with her horrible ordeals with grace and humour. Her relationship with Chris is very sweet and I can see why there was a line up for people to take her place if things didn't work out! I cna't say I would have spent that much money on keeping Seamus alive... but that's only because I don't have that much money to spend! I do understand the issue of cancer in a pet though, since we had this happen to us, but the difference is that our challenging dog was nearly 12 when she got cancer. The decision to keep her comfortable till the end was a bit easier to make than such a young dog like Seamus. The only thing I didn't like about the book was Teresa's need to put so much of her story in parenthesis. It was used so often that I had trouble following some of the sentences. Funny that so many people in her writing group read the book but still so many of these remained. I'd recommend the book despite the topic of cancer. The book is definitely NOT a downer, rather it will help you understand the needs of a cancer patient and that they want to be treated like normal... not a freak! Glad you survived Teresa! Hope you continue to write!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Excellent book! The true story of early 40's estate attorney Teresa Rhyne, out of her second divorce, having recently gone through the deaths of her two beagles, is now dating a man twelve years her junior (Chris). She adopts another beagle (incorrigible but adorable Seamus - pronounced "Shaymuss"), a stray rescued just days before being destroyed. Chris, it turns out, is not a dog person - how could he not be? How could Teresa not know this about him? Teresa and Chris have other issues to work Excellent book! The true story of early 40's estate attorney Teresa Rhyne, out of her second divorce, having recently gone through the deaths of her two beagles, is now dating a man twelve years her junior (Chris). She adopts another beagle (incorrigible but adorable Seamus - pronounced "Shaymuss"), a stray rescued just days before being destroyed. Chris, it turns out, is not a dog person - how could he not be? How could Teresa not know this about him? Teresa and Chris have other issues to work through as well. Seamus develops cancer and rather than putting him down as some suggest, she spends months, thousands and a lot of love and heartache fighting for him and nursing him back to health. Shortly after Seamus is pronounced cancer-free, Teresa discovers a lump on her right breast. Biopsied, she too, finds herself with cancer. I found this book to be incredible - heartwarming, sad, funny, stressful and comforting all at once. A true gem for any dog lover and anyone who either has had cancer or knows/has known someone with cancer - which let's face it - is everyone. A WONDERFUL book! Read This Book!! (Pretty pushy, I know, but I feel really strongly about it).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane Brewer

    A good read. What a great beagle. The relationships that develop between the beagle and his people are the crux of this story. Because of the dog, the author is better able to sustain her mental health during her cancer treatment. She had already been through it with her dog, Seamus. Even the boyfriend is brought into the equation by the funny little beagle. I've always thought we could learn a lot from a good relationship with our animals. We could all use some lessons in not worrying about thi A good read. What a great beagle. The relationships that develop between the beagle and his people are the crux of this story. Because of the dog, the author is better able to sustain her mental health during her cancer treatment. She had already been through it with her dog, Seamus. Even the boyfriend is brought into the equation by the funny little beagle. I've always thought we could learn a lot from a good relationship with our animals. We could all use some lessons in not worrying about things. About loving our best friend without question. A great feel good book despite the cancer aspect of the book. This book removes some of the Spector of a cancer diagnosis. The author has a lot to offer someone going through a similar experience. And a lot for dog lovers also. Beagles are so adorable! I have already started on the sequel to this book, but this is a must read before beginning We Rescued the Dogs.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this memoir. Theresa Ryhne takes you on a journey through her loving beagle's cancer treatments and then her own. The Dog Lived and so will I was written beautifully and if I were Theresa, I don't think I would have put up with Dr. Sorority Chick or even the chemo doctor for as long as she did. She is better than me lol! I really liked this memoir. Theresa Ryhne takes you on a journey through her loving beagle's cancer treatments and then her own. The Dog Lived and so will I was written beautifully and if I were Theresa, I don't think I would have put up with Dr. Sorority Chick or even the chemo doctor for as long as she did. She is better than me lol!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Colette

    Not the book I expected. For some reason I thought I was getting more of a "dog's purpose" "dog's Journey" sort of book, but this book is about cancer and about relationships. This book begins with a twice divorced woman (the author, Teresa) returning from a trip to Ireland to visit family. She decides to call her newly met friend Chris to pick her up at the airport and thus a love-affair begins. The first tragedy is cancer treatments for her dog Seamus. Chris and Teresa go through it together a Not the book I expected. For some reason I thought I was getting more of a "dog's purpose" "dog's Journey" sort of book, but this book is about cancer and about relationships. This book begins with a twice divorced woman (the author, Teresa) returning from a trip to Ireland to visit family. She decides to call her newly met friend Chris to pick her up at the airport and thus a love-affair begins. The first tragedy is cancer treatments for her dog Seamus. Chris and Teresa go through it together and seek the finest treatment Teresa can find to save her precious dog's life. Not long after Seamus is done with his treatments, Teresa herself is diagnosed with breast cancer. Together with humor and love, Chris, Theresa and Seamus go through it all together with each others support. Even though this book was not what I expected, I learned a lot about cancer treatments.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Between putting this book on my "To Read" list and checking out the book from the library, I had the opportunity to hear Teresa Rhyne speak about writing her book and her new book. She was delightfully as humorous as the book is. Her beagle is definitely a dog with a mind of his own. I am not a dog lover, but enjoyed laughing about the way Seamus ruled the roost!. Loved the "love story with Chris" and how he helped her through her cancer treatments and their relationship with his mother. An enjo Between putting this book on my "To Read" list and checking out the book from the library, I had the opportunity to hear Teresa Rhyne speak about writing her book and her new book. She was delightfully as humorous as the book is. Her beagle is definitely a dog with a mind of his own. I am not a dog lover, but enjoyed laughing about the way Seamus ruled the roost!. Loved the "love story with Chris" and how he helped her through her cancer treatments and their relationship with his mother. An enjoyable book on many interest levels.

  28. 4 out of 5

    L.D.

    This is one of those books that deserves a 5 star rating!!! Upon receiving an Advance Reader Copy of the second book I needed to read the first one. I'm so glad I did!!! What a delightful book from one who went through Cancer Treatment after her Beagle,Seamus was treated for Cancer. Teresa, thank you for sharing your and Seamus's Memoir. I very rarely read Non-Fiction, but this was a must. Can't wait to dive into your second book. I was so blessed to be mailed an Advanced Reader Copy of your sec This is one of those books that deserves a 5 star rating!!! Upon receiving an Advance Reader Copy of the second book I needed to read the first one. I'm so glad I did!!! What a delightful book from one who went through Cancer Treatment after her Beagle,Seamus was treated for Cancer. Teresa, thank you for sharing your and Seamus's Memoir. I very rarely read Non-Fiction, but this was a must. Can't wait to dive into your second book. I was so blessed to be mailed an Advanced Reader Copy of your second book. Happy Reading to me!!! :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    A well-written book and a worthwhile read. Not a sad book, but encouraging and enlightening. I hesitated but read this book because of the subject matter of cancer, which I thought would be too heavy and not something I wanted to spend my time on, but am very glad I read this and look forward to more from this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Pollack-Fusi

    Really enjoyed it, but parts of it were skimable. Loved her humor, sarcasm, self deprevation, and man those jacuzzi sessions with the boyfriend sound enviable. We can both barely fit in our tub lol. Good light read, not discounting the tough subject matter.

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