A New York Times Bestseller..!! A heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain--get your tissues ready, animal lovers!
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. Free Days with George is an uplifting, inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope and happiness.
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I read a synopsis of this book on-line and immediately downloaded it to my Kindle. What caught my eye so quickly was the premise of the story itself. Man suffers loss; man finds his soul mate in a dog; man and dog find new meaning and a new zest for life. I am struck by the old adage "Everything happens for a reason". This story is a shining example of the ability of the soul, to heal and move on, lifting the individual to an even higher awareness of the gift of life. I too was rescued by a 140 pound dog. DNA testing revealed that he was a German Shepard, Rottweiler cross. He found me by chance as I jogged by him as he sat in a field of high weeds. As I ran past him, he came out of the weeds and followed me all the way home. All efforts to find his owners came up empty. He was frightened of cars and refused to get into one. Once in, he would shudder and shake the entire time. Then, refuse to get out. This behavior was evident of a dog who was dumped on a country...
This is George. We had a chance meeting about a month ago. George and his doggy-daddy, Colin Campbell, were at a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Cary, NC. I wasn't suppose to be at B&N that day, I was actually there killing time waiting to pick up DH from a delayed flight. Listening to Colin seemed like a good way to kill an hour. As I listened to Colin speak and watched George romp around the bookstore, I knew I had to buy the book, but I also had a feeling like I was suppose to be there...but why?
Today I finished "Free Days with George" and now I understand. This is a lovely book about a rescued dog, but it's also a heart-warming story about the rescued human. And, more importantly, it's a story about letting go, loving, and being in the moment. The story is about "free days" -- the opportunities we all have to spend a day with someone we love and doing things we enjoy...
Because, on free days we don't grow old. #colintown
Wonderful book about a dog that is rescued by a man whose wife has left him. A friend suggests getting a dog.
This is a wonderful book about a dog named George. It's about Colin, a man who comes home from a business trip to find that his wife has left him without any explanation. He is very depressed and someone suggests he get a dog. He discovers a dog who is homeless and has been traumatized. It is a 140 pound Newfoundland, a breed renowned for their friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. He brings him home. Later he takes him for obedience classes. Later in the book Colin gets a job in California and they move there. When out walking or going to the dog park, George attracts a lot attention. He discovers by accident that George loves the water. Colin is going to surf one day to find that George insists on riding on the surf board with him. He is told that there are surfing competitions for dogs and people are asking him to enter George. It leads to life...
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