In the Company of Newfies: A Shared Life

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The author recounts a year in the life of a litter of Newfoundland puppies and the other Newfoundlands in her household who helped to rear the puppies, and offers her own insights on the bond between humans and dogs

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Rhoda Lerman is a writer of great depth. She has six novels published, a work of non-fiction about her dogs, two television plays and a stage play which traveled around the U.S. for two years. She has taught Creative Writing at a number of universities around the country. She has been on the board of the New York State Council of the Arts, as well as a judge of a number of fiction contests. She lectured throughout India with the USIA Ampart program, spoke at the European Society of Science and Technology in Belgium, and was the cultural delegate with the first official American delegation to Tibet. She is currently working on two projects, one is another non-fiction book about the dogs, and the other a novel which takes place in Brazil. With all of this, she still finds time to breed and show her beloved dogs. She lives in the Southern Tier of New York state with her husband and her fourteen Newfoundlands, surrounded by acres of woods and trails and a large pond.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A highly romanticized account of life with six jumbo-size Newfoundland dogs and a litter of newborn Newfie pups, as told by longtime novelist Lerman (Animal Acts, 1994; God's Ear, 1989; etc.). ``This is a book about the dogs who look steadfastly into my eyes and move their lips in vowel shapes, speaking to me as I speak to them, because they want to be like me, because their life's work is not to be dog, but to be human,'' says Lerman on the opening page. And from this ardent perspective, she proceeds to recount the many details of her canine-oriented life of recent years. When one of her females, Molly, gives birth to six pups by a difficult cesarean section, Lerman and her husband take turns staying by her side night and day. The sights and smells of the whelping box are vividly recounted, as are Lerman's philosophical views--especially when she searches for meaning after one of the tiny pups dies. Other recurrent themes include Lerman's urgent desire to communicate with her dogs and to show them that she understands what they're thinking, as well as her wish to connect ``with the wonders of the natural world'' through her animals. Lerman's first and most beloved dog, Ben, the pack leader of the household, is struggling with cancer and, sadly, loses the battle by the end of the book. Lerman is extremely sensitive to his condition, and with good reason: Both she and her husband had been (successfully) treated for cancer. In addition to the day-to-day details of Newfie life, we learn of the efforts involved in teaching these dogs water-rescue work and preparing them for national competition. Though much of the book is overly subjective and intensely speculative, it should be of interest to Newfie lovers and devoted breeders; otherwise of limited appeal. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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