Lessons in Living
by John Donald Middleton
Pub Date 09 Feb 2016
John Middleton has owned pets all his life. Dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, birds and more were always cherished family members. But when he was 54 a pug named Jem came along, and over the next three years became the best friend he ever had. How had a dog become such an important part of his existence? Jem: Lessons in Living is the story of one dog, and much more.
The author initially intended to write the biography of a single, special dog. What emerged was a reflection on life, love, pets and people. One thread that runs throughout it all—marriage, children, career—is a drinking problem that got worse with each passing year.
Jem came along when John’s drinking had become full-blown alcoholism. He was still a puppy when, in February 2010, John reached out for help. Jem became an integral part of his recovery.
Jem: Lessons in Living is a heartwarming story about the healing that comes from total devotion. With honesty and tenderness, John chronicles their years together—a time filled with comedy and eventual tragedy, and seasoned with the loyalty of a small dog with a big heart.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit DFW Pug Rescue Club in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.