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What a Headstrong Rescue Dog
Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances

A captivating pet story by B.J. Taylor,
available in both print and e-book format
on Amazon and Barnes & Noble,
April 2012 (published by Inspiring Voices).

An intimate look at the first year in the life of a dog nearly labeled “unadoptable” and how this adorable munchkin sheds his headstrong ways, becomes a loving member of a family, and ultimately changes three lives forever.


Reviews of CHARLIE BEAR:


5.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Gives Up

By Julie Garmon (Georgia)


B.J. Taylor writes straight from her heart--a true animal lover's heart. Reading about Charlie Bear, I felt like I was in B.J.'s home with her. She's not afraid to tell it like it really is. She had me rooting for Charlie Bear from the start, and of course, I fell in love with sweet Rex, her older Lab, and Diamond and Red, her kitties.

B.J. goes the second, third, and fourth mile for those she loves. Somehow she had me laughing and crying at the same time because she's so incredibly honest. She'd see the least bit of improvement in Charlie Bear's behavior and have the faith to continue. What a life lesson. Love never gives up. No matter what.


4.0 out of 5 stars Read with a box of tissues

By Eudie (Kentucky)

I followed BJ's blog about Charlie Bear from the beginning since I had adopted a rescue dog, Jake, the same month. Luckily, I didn't face near the behavior problems BJ did, but I found myself looking forward to each new installment about Charlie Bear's life and his adjustment to his new home. When I found out that BJ was writing a book about their first year together, I couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed. It is a heartwarming and touching story about the little dog that needed so much patience and love, as well as the emotional roller coaster the writer was living on during Charlie's first year with her. I had been aware, again through BJ's blog, when their older dog Rex had died, but she went into her relationship with him and his last year in much greater detail in the book. If you have ever loved and lost a pet, you will need that box of tissues here. I am not ashamed to say that I cried as if it were my own dog. I still read BJ's blog regularly and look forward to reading about each new adventure in Charlie's life. BJ writes with humor, compassion and a love for animals that will appeal to anyone who has ever been owned by and loved by one of God's four legged creatures. A great read.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story of a Rescue Dog

By surrounded by cats

I couldn't put it down. I laughed and I cried. Charlie Bear was considered "unadoptable" by his foster mom and rescuer due to his many issues. But everyone deserves a second chance and someone to love them, right? Even a stubborn little dog with behavior problems. This story of Charlie and the other animals in the Taylor lives, Rex, Diamond, and Red, will touch your heart.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story

By Wally Blackburn "wally" (Gold Beach, Or)

Ordered it for my wife & she LOVED it!! Couldn't put it down even to fix my meals, see if I order her any more books! LOL

Inspiring Voices 

B.J. also loves to speak at conferences nationwide. Comments from attendees at B.J.’s recent workshops:
• B.J. was great! Thorough, helpful, and a great teacher.
• One of the most valuable persons for me.
• Very clear, very concise, stayed on track. Focused. Well prepared. Super helpful! Another born pedagogue!
• B. J. is not only helpful, but she delivers the material in a fun way.
• As professional, encouraging, upbeat and practical as ever!
• B. J.’s night owl on Sunday was very good.
• BJ was a delight. So giving, prepared and encouraging. Practical teaching with useful tips.
• B. J.’s Guideposts and Chicken Soup coaching was one of the most valuable parts of the conference for me.


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