Westie was my responsibility and mine alone. They trotted through the grass with round bellies and thick tails and pawed at each other playfully. Gizelle's Bucket List is the humorous, poignant lesson our pets teach us: to embrace adventure, love unconditionally, and grow into the people we want to be. From the first pages I was hooked, the easy to read style as Lauren recounts how she first got Gizelle made it so easy to get right into the story. I was so excited I was practically holding my breath, hoping someone would pick up.
You could say that the book is not only a story about Gizelle and the beautiful way of dogs, but is also an insightful look at family dynamics and how different aspects of it impact our life. Don't get me wrong - I loved Gizelle! I was chased by them as a child, bitten recently when out for a bike ride, and just generally fearful of them. The way Lauren Fern Watt wrote her book, just her whole approach, was a perfect way to tell their story. In this book Lauren tells us about her beautiful mastiff Gizelle, named for Giselle from the Disney film Enchanted but with a 'Z' because she was spunky! We marched it to the back of Rio's patio and it became affectionately known as Swamp Thang. We all generally outlive our animal companions. When Gizelle begins to limp, Lauren can no longer hold panic at bay.
They are always there no matter what. When they were kind enough to send me over a copy to read I was beyond thrilled, and I quickly settled down to read what I knew would be a highly emotional journey. Lauren Watt took her 160-pound English Mastiff to college—so of course after graduation, Gizelle followed Lauren to her first, tiny apartment in New York. Her thoughts on addiction are eye opening, and the lessons she learns from Gizelle are invaluable and heartwarming. Our hearts are much bigger than we give them credit for.
When the bucket list Lauren devises for Gizelle does come to fruition, it feels much more natural and organic, creating a more meaningful experience because of the books initial groundwork. But I told that girl to shut up, that we are meant to have this puppy, and that I will do everything I can to make it work. I love that connection they shared and This book is every animal lovers heart in a written format. But when Gizelle got sick and Lauren realized her best friend might not be such a constant after all, she designed an epic bucket list to make the absolute most of the time they had left. But what happens when a studio sets out to make what could possibly be the most tear-inducing film ever made? I just didn't love her person.
May we all be the kind of people our dogs believe we are. Bursting with charm, this unique, coming-of-age story of a girl making her way through life is a testament to the special way pets inspire us to live better, love better, and appreciate the simple pleasures. . Mom put the phone on speaker as it rang. I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Lauren also bravely shares with us difficulties in her family life. We have two dogs and a fish and Mom brings home too many pets.
For starters, she never actually sat down and wrote a list o I too lost a beloved animal to cancer, but unlike Lauren, I didn't have time to create a bucket list to cope with it. Fatty preferred not to exercise, had the worst table manners, and snored loudly enough to wake the neighbors. But was she cared for adequately? These dogs were my childhood. She was fortunate to have an enormous companion by her side during those dicey days sliding from teens to twenties, and from school to the workplace. Even the disease and death were agonizingly mirrored. Not to mention, Gizelle's actual passing was written in such a high level of detail, that I wonder if the book itself isn't some additional method of resolution for Lauren's healing.
Just as Giselle, the princess in Enchanted, pranced through Central Park, so it seems fitting that her canine doppelganger should also romp through the City. She would kiss all my cares and tears away. She'd prop her head on the table and smile at us. She made me forget whatever happened to me at school when I get home. She knew her puppy was going to be big, but she didn't realize she would be a 160 pound big puppy. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Even more so when that loss was due to selfish people who have no care for other forms of life, especially animals.
Leaving home, finding your first apartment and job is a big task for a young woman. All I wanted was to say yes. That didn't seem to be Lauren's priority at all. Lauren Watt took her 160-pound English Mastiff to college—so of course after graduation, Gizelle followed Lauren to her first, tiny apartment in New York. In addition to that it reads so fluently and easily that I could have read it in one sitting. The book was well written and really kept me captivated from the time Lauren first brings Gizelle home, their time in college together, their move to New York City and trying to find an apartment large enough to fit an English Mastiff, to their last days together. I had a dog that was there for me on good days and on bad.
They were there every step of the way. I felt connected to her in some way and I realized how easily pets can do just that, they connect people. I didn't know if I would actually be able to read to the very end as I knew what was going to happen, having recently lost my own precious fur baby, but I did read to the end and it did bring on the tears. For starters, she never actually sat down and wrote a list of things to do, goals to work towards. I am a big crying mess as I write this review.