“Writing about your family can be a catharsis. When your family includes dogs with sets of personality quirks and problems, you may, like author Jane Vandenburgh, begin to wonder how your own search for self influences your canine companions.
Even when we give a relationship our all, bear children together, and trod similar paths, humans grow apart, change perspectives, and develop new needs and wants. For Vandenburgh, leaving behind her beloved children with their father and moving from her home state of California with a new husband creates a mind-boggling set of new parameters. Her dogs both help and hinder her ongoing searches for meaning in her life.”
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