I’m Not Single,
I Have a Dog
Dating Tales from the Bark Side
Susan Hartzler Loving a good dog book that can teach many kinds of lessons. I am a single person and have a dog. ‘
I’m Not Single, I Have a Dog’ is an autobiography by Susan Hartzler who is still living and sharing her story and memories. Susan Hartzler has shared friendships and how she spent and spends her time trying to understand what life is all about for her and others. ‘I’m Not Single, I Have A Dog’ is a book full of lessons that we all need to learn somehow and some way. My favorite lines from this book are and always be follows: “Treat myself as I would treat others.” from Chapter 16; Chapter 24- when they found out that Blondie had a stroke and cuddled her; Chapter 28- when they were saying goodbye to Blondie (this brought back a few memories for me and brought tears to my eyes) I am still a dog owner today. Chapter 32 – when her puppy Baldwin helps her to cope when she found out her mom died. Dogs are quite the helpers to us all for I liked the part she shared about Therapy dogs. In Chapter 32- “Tell her now. Death does not mean the end. Nothing says you can’t maintain a relationship with your mother beyond the grave. Your conversations can continue.” This is a great book for all for it will help with coping skills and even communication skills in some ways with animals and humans. I also really liked all the photographs that are presented in the book from one dog to all the others.
At age 60, Susan Hartzler has learned to accept, even love, the single life, provided she has good friends and a dog or two by her side. Always attracted to the quintessential bad boy with his good looks and charming ways, she was sure she could change “the one” into a devoted partner and loving father, but her compulsive giving and fixing behaviors went hand in hand with her disappointing and disastrous romantic relationships. On a purposeful trip to the pound, she hoped to find a dog to care for, one that would sniff out the bad guys, give her a sense of purpose, and help her find meaning in her crazy world. Thoughtful and funny, this memoir follows Susan’s life through the many ups and downs on her way to finding unconditional love. Her journey is a personal one, full of the hard decisions it took to learn to put herself first and stop entering and staying in unhealthy relationships. By saving a dog, she rescues herself, learning to love herself as much as her dog loves her.
About the Author
Author Susan Hartzler shares her own personal journey to find Mr. Right inviting readers to follow her through life’s many ups and downs on her way to finding unconditional love. The book begins on apurposeful trip to the pound where she hopes to find a dog to care for — one that will sniff out the bad guys. Susan’s personal journey is full of the hard decisions it took to learn to put herself first and stop entering and staying in unhealthy relationships.
Susan might not have found a man, but she finds her dog, giving her a sense of purpose and helping her discover meaning in her crazy world. By saving a dog, she rescues herself, loving herself as much as her dog loves her. After all, there is no love like dog love. It can change your life forever, completing you with unconditional love.
Susan Hartzlerhttp://www.mcfarlandpub.comMcFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers 219 pages2021 ISBN: 978-1-4766-8448-2 ISBN: 978-1-4766-4303-8