*Cover image from the Paperback edition*
Free Days With George by Colin Campbell
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Canada (May 12, 2015)
Synopsis: After Colin Campbell went on a short business trip abroad, he returned home to discover his wife of many years had moved out. No explanations. No second chances. She was gone and wasn’t coming back. Shocked and heartbroken, Colin fell into a spiral of depression and loneliness.
Soon after, a friend told Colin about a dog in need of rescue—a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. Colin adopted the traumatized dog, brought him home and named him George. Both man and dog were heartbroken and lacking trust, but together, they learned how to share a space, how to socialize, and most of all, how to overcome their bad experiences. At the same time, Colin relived childhood memories of his beloved grandfather, a decorated war hero and a man who gave him hope when he needed it most.
Then everything changed. Colin was offered a great new job in Los Angeles, California. He took George with him and the pair began a new life together on the sunny beaches around L.A. George became a fixture in his Hermosa Beach neighborhood, attracting attention and giving affection to everyone he met, warming hearts both young and old. Meanwhile, Colin headed to the beach to rekindle his love for surfing, but when George encountered the ocean and a surfboard for the first time, he did a surprising thing—he jumped right on the board. Through surfing, George and Colin began a life-altering adventure and a deep healing process that brought them back to life. As their story took them to exciting new heights, Colin learned how to follow George’s lead, discovering that he may have rescued George but that in the end, it was George who rescued him.
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For any dog lover out there, this book will be highly relatable. The story is about a man (author Colin Campbell) who rescues a 120 pound Newfoundlander dog after his wife leaves him and he is left feeling lonely and depressed. In turn, the dog saves his new owner.
While this story seems like any owner rescues dog – dog rescues owner story that is commonly told, the way Campbell tells the story makes you feel like George has come out of the pages of the book and is sitting with you while you read.
My favourite part: George Surfing! Throughout the pages it is easy to see the love that not just Colin has for George, but the love that everyone who meets George feels! The pictures included in the book also help to see the bond between George and Colin.
While this book is amazing for any dog lover, or animal lover in general, I would be hesitant to suggest this book to others. The relationship between George and his owner as they grow and heal together is beautiful and moving. However, people who do not understand the bond between a dog and its owner might have a hard time relating to the story.
This book is an amazing tribute to an amazing dog – George! I haven’t even meet him, but through the pages of Free Days With George he made me smile and brought happiness with his surfing tales!
*I received this book for free from Doubleday Canada for an honest review*