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In Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life, author Shannon Kopp details her eight-year struggle with bulimia and the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA jobs that ultimately allowed her to heal.
Kopp tells the stories of Buster, Sunny, Sheba, Ranger and more—dogs who were abused, abandoned, fearful or sick and who found the will to live and love anyway—in a “love letter to shelter dogs” and a manifesto of self-forgiveness.
Thanks to dogs like Bella, a dog afraid of flies and sneezes, and abused Stewie, the “most beautiful, precious little nutcase on the planet,” Kopp faces her fears and accepts her own trauma.
Sheltering professionals will identify with Kopp’s tales of handling difficult animal cases and grappling with fellow shelter and rescue workers, but anyone who has loved and been loved by an animal will be moved by Kopp’s words.
“Their attentive eyes and steady tail wags told me that I still mattered to someone,” Kopp writes. “They gave me a level of comfort and acceptance and adoration that I was certain I didn’t deserve.”