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The Dog I Loved

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  99 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson is back with another signature heartwarming novel--one that begs the question: Can a dog lead the way to finding one's humanity?

After spending years in prison for a crime she didn't intend to commit, Rose Collins is suddenly free. Someone who knows about the good work she has done--training therapy dogs while serving
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am a sucker for books involving dogs. So, of course, I was going to read The Dog I Loved, which deals with the healing power of dogs.
Rose is in prison for voluntary manslaughter of her controlling boyfriend when she gets the chance to train puppies for service work. Meghan is a military vet, confined to a wheelchair, who sees a service dog as a means to independence and being able to escape living with her parents. Rosie trains Shark who becomes Meghan’s service dogs and the women become
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lindsey Gandhi
This book was a 3.5 star review for me and I struggled in deciding whether to round up or down on the stars. There were parts I loved about this book and parts that just didn't flow right for me.

I was really interested in this book for a number of reasons. I'm a dog lover and have always had dogs. But more importantly, my husband and I have really been considering getting me a service dog and that aspect of this storyline made me jump to want to read it. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows of
If a dog has ever owned your heart, you will understand how two strong-willed women were healed all because of a special canine. You will also believe in a dog’s mission in life, because they are a special companion throughout humanity’s history.

THE DOG I LOVED by Susan Wilson is a heartwarming tale of personal redemption, growth and bonds formed. Told through the POVs of the two main characters, as well as a canine POV, follow along as a prison inmate learns to trust again when she is placed in
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

From the New York Times' bestselling author of One Good Dog comes another heartwarming novel about humans and the dogs that save us.

Rose Collins is a free woman. After spending years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, Rose has finally been released, and a
The Dog I Loved
Susan Wilson
Narrated by Christina Delaine
11 hours 4 minutes

Susan Wilson’s latest bandwagon for the dog novel is heartbreaking and heartwarming staring two amazing women and the dogs that loved and healed them. Her plot is poignant, hopeful and realistic featuring a picturesque flowing inspiring dialogue that will bring tears of joy and of sadness. The two stars are both well defined and well developed but of the two Megan, the wounded warrior is the less complicated perhaps
Celtic's Library
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thoughts: 4 Stars

I am a sucker for books with dogs, or any animal really. I often find myself relaxing at the end of a long, busy day with a book in one hand and the other rubbing the velvety soft ears of my Golden Retriever mix. Now and then he will crack open his honey brown eyes and I can’t help but feel special that he chose me seven years ago at the humane society. We take for granted our daily freedoms as a society. We get to walk out the door and go wherever we want, choose our own
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
4.5 stars.
“The Dog I Loved”, by Susan Wilson, is a gripping foray into the historic human-dog relationship and a powerful tale about healing and redemption.
More focused on the human/canine bonding, and on service dogs in particular, with the refreshingly realistic and credible point of view of the canine characters, the novel features two women who form an unexpected friendship because of the dogs in their lives.
I liked that Susan
I entered the ARC giveaway for "The Dog I Loved" because--well, dogs! I was unacquainted with Susan Wilson's work and hadn't read any reviews, so I guess I expected a warm account of life with a dog. And indeed this is a story of life with dogs, but from the perspective of damaged people whose lives are changed by the presence of these perceptive, intelligent creatures--with short pages here and there from the perspective of the dogs themselves.

The story is well-told, engaging, compassionate.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read, giveaways
I received this book as a free giveaway from Goodreads and couldn't put it down. This is the story of how an incarcerated woman, who learned how to train dogs for people with special needs, changed her life forever. The people/dogs who become part of her future, make for a very compelling story. I highly recommend this book - it was quite an inspirational story! Best of all, I can really relate to this topic since my late dog, Flash, was trained by an inmate at a correctional facility!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s my second book by this author. The Dog I Loved is told from the point of view of the two main characters (Rosie & Meghan) and their dogs (Shadow & Shark). Meghan and Rosie become friends after Meghan adopts a service dog that Rosie trained while she was in prison. They each help one another, along with their service/therapy dogs, through very difficult circumstances. It’s a touching and beautiful story that I really enjoyed. I hope there is a ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is not what I expected. I won this from GoodReads! This novel tells the story from the two human protagonists POV and also from the dogs' perspective. A young lady is imprisoned for murdering her fiance, but although it was really an accident, the man's mother makes certain that she is punished. While in prison she has the opportunity to participate in a program training service dogs. These dogs are trained to help individuals with physical limitations as well as PTSD. A mysterious ...more
Maureen Mayer
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I’m a sucker for books with dogs, but the storyline is what sold me on this one!

Rosie and Meghan are both trying to rebuild their lives, but what brings them together is ultimately what saves them.

Rosie is in prison for a crime she didn’t intend to commit, but while there she joins a program to train service of which will go to Meghan, a wheelchair-bound war vet. Suddenly Rosie finds herself free after receiving an early release, and is set up with a job overseeing the
Phyllis Krall
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rosie Collins has served six years in jail for a murder she didn’t commit. During that time she
Becomes part of a program to train therapy dogs. She forms a bond with the first dog she works with
named Shark.
Meghan, an ex-soldier is confined to a wheelchair , and becomes Rosie’s friend when she meets Shark, who will be her service dog. Even though it is hard to give up Shark, Rosie sees how important he is to Meghan

An unknown benefactor helps Rosie get released early from prison and gets her a
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with all of the dogs in this book and was engaged by the conflicts of the main characters.
This is one of those books that I was up reading in the middle of the night. I really wanted to find out how all of the issues would be resolved.

Susan Wilson has a great grasp of dog psychology and captures the essence of relationships between dogs and their owners. This is a tale of service dogs, therapy dogs, and those dogs that come into our lives and somehow have the ability to keep us
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having recently finished “The Dog I Loved” by Susan Wilson, I am happy to have had the chance for the preview; thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press!

This was a wonderful story about new friendships made while learning to live with extreme emotional and physical challenges. The fact that 4-legged friends were such a large part of this storyline made it all the more heartwarming. It was a nice surprise, and not unbelievable, for their furry point of view to be expressed throughout the book.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, pet
Incredible story. Captivating from start to finish. The story of two women, their challenges and how their lives interwove to produce an amazing story. Each has a dog come into their life in very different way. Such a deep and emotional journey which felt so personal. A fantastic book which I highly recommend. I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a thoughtful look into two women's difficult life situations and how the canine connection between humans and dogs can help heal souls. I found it hard to put this book down it so captured my attention and held it for hours. I have an ARC copy of this book and will say that I think some of the long complicated words chosen for descriptions in the book should be replaced with more commonly used terms for easier readability.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, 2019
This is a giveaway review.

WOW!! I don't think I ever would have purchased this book on my own, but since I won it I definitely wanted to read it. And I am so glad I did! The relationship that formed between Rosie and Meghan was so strong it was like they had known each other forever. I actually felt like I knew them! And the story of Susannah was just awesome!

I only gave the book 4 stars because I didn't really feel like the story was over when it ended. I wanted more about Meghan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals-dogs, fiction
I received the book "The Dog Who I Loved". in the goodreads giveaways. I love to read books that have dogs in them. Susan Wilson writes many books that include dogs as characters. Rose Collins end up in jail because of an accident. She spends many years there. While in prison, she is selected to train puppies to be service dogs. Her first dog "shark" ends up with a young woman named Meghan who is in a wheelchair. She was injured as a soldier. Soon Rose is out of jail thanks to a benefactor who ...more
Cheryl Basile
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ahhh...the healing power of animals. In this case, Author Susan Wilson demonstrates the healing power of dogs in her novel "The Dog I Loved."

This fictional story starts out describing two women and their very different lives. First there's Mary Rose Collins, the only daughter in a lower middle class Boston Irish family. Rosie was the perfect daughter--innocent, devoted and loyal. It was expected that she would always be the apple of her parents' eye, and that if anyone would get into trouble, it
Stanley McShane
This novel seizes you from the beginning and does not let go until you've read the last word of the last page. Rosie leaves her family to live with Charles Foster in New York. He comes from old money, position, and education and almost immediately begins to separate Rosie from her family and friends. He is demeaning and cruel. His death, however, is truly an accident, but through Charles' mother's contacts and her own incompetent PD, ends with a lengthy prison sentence.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I am so happy to have been chosen to receive an advanced readers copy of this book. I am a fan of the author and love dogs more than most humans! This is a wonderfully written sweet, kind, difficult story about humans, their failures, their attempts to get up and start again even when it seems like the worlds goal is to keep kicking them back down again, resilience, secrets, abuse, war, PTSD, families, both loving and dysfunctional, hope and of course amazing dogs. Anyone who has even known the ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book, two women are struggling with their lives, but for different reasons. Rosie Collins is accused of killing her fiancé, in an accident that went horribly wrong. Megan Custer, a wheelchair bound vet, once had the world on a string, but her time in a combat zone, where she was badly injured, ended all that. These two women are brought together by one little dog, who changes their lives for the better. Rosie spends her time in prison training service dogs, which later leave and go on to ...more
Teena in Toronto
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Rosie comes from a large working class family. When she was working as a barista, she met and started dating Charles, who was rich and snooty. Rosie fell in love with him and he started molding and controlling her, causing a rift between her and her family. In a tragic accident, Charles is killed and his mother seeks revenge. With no money and no one to turn to for help, Rosie ends up going to prison for Charles' death. In prison, she eventually enters a program where she trains therapy dogs ... ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot thank those who gave me the opportunity to read this book enough thanks. Net Galley, Susan Wilson and St Martin’s Press, thank you! This book centres around Rosie, a young woman sent to prison for an accident and Meghan, young woman seriously injured in the war, left in a wheelchair paralyzed and disfigured from fire. Rosie is a wonderful character with such depth that I felt every emotion she felt. When Rosie started the dog training I was already feeling that hurt in my heart that I ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rosie Collins is convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her fiance Charles Foster.
Though he was cruel and controlling in the relationship, and he was instrumental in the estrangement from her family, his death was really an accident.
In prison Rosie procures a place in the program training therapy dogs.
She trains a chocolate lab named Shark, who eventually becomes a service dog for Captain Meghan Custer, a veteran who was seriously injured and disfigured in Iraq. Confined to a
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have ever had a dog you know that they bring a sense of calm and happiness to everyday. In this story Rosie is in prison for an accident that killed her fiance, during her time she begins to train therapy dogs. Her training gives her a sense of purpose when she felt like there was none. Her first dog Shark becomes a service dog for Meghan.

Meghan is a veteran who was injured while serving overseas. She has been living at home and feels beholden to everyone for help. The idea of a service
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Susan. You play at my weakest emotion: my love for the dogs in my life. Your book “One Good Dog” sits proudly on my shelf, only loaned to the most trusted and never, ever with the dust jacket (I keep it here to preserve it). Your new book “The Dog I Loved” will meet the same destiny. This is a story you want to hug gently, rock like a baby, share quiet times with, cherish and reflect on.
Two strong women spinning wildly from bad results, both based on choices they made, one shallow, one
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