BOOK REVIEW: Animals lovers will delight in the tale of Sasha

jhildreth@idahostatesman.comJuly 6, 2014 

  • 'SASHA, EXTRAORDINARY DACHSHUND' by CJ Adams (Boise); ($14.25)

Publisher synopsis: CJ Adams pens a warm and entertaining tale of life with an exceptional dachshund. It's the story of a friendship that endured paralysis and a cure through acupuncture and holistic medicine.

You will enjoy every page of this heartwarming journey through the lives of the very precocious Sasha; the devoted, but not too smart miniature pinscher/Chihuahua mix; Squirt, the enduring pack-leader; CJ's husband, Mel; and CJ, the woman who loves them all.

All animal lovers understand that each pet that comes into our lives is special but that sometimes you are blessed with an extraordinary animal. For CJ that was Sasha.

This memoir is about a cycle of life involving family, friends, paralysis, other pets, aging and loss.

When faced with the possibility of euthanizing 4-year-old Sasha, a desperate CJ turns to holistic veterinary medicine and acupuncture to save her "Extraordinary Dachshund" and learns how to use this alternative medicine to complement traditional veterinary medicine.

Be prepared to laugh out loud, wonder and learn something new.

My take: This is an endearing story that animal lovers will fully enjoy reading and sharing with others. CJ's empathy and humor will leave you feeling upbeat.

Through Sasha's story, CJ passes on to you her optimism in the face of sadness.

My Rating: 5 out of 5.

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