Novelist Amanda Brookfield has discovered the power of dogs—or, at least, of her own, named Mabel. Her care on her dog will be recognized by all dog lovers—“feeling her warm little body and her heart beating ... The desire to love and protect ...” “I know all too well what it is to be ‘saved’ by a dog.” Two things hurt her deeply. Twenty years after her father’s death, she just missed her beloved mother’s passing. Then, it was another man who made her upset. The year after her mother died, someone she loved deeply ended the relationship. Brookfield tells us nothing about him, except that he made her understand the meaning of “heartbreak”. The two combined. “Missing my mother, I felt as if I had lost my past. Now, with this new sorrow, it was as if I had lost my future, too.” She became depressed—unable to write or read or take care of herself—and totally consumed by grief. Something had to happen: a drastic change. It was then that she thought of getting a dog, even though her sisters and brother disagreed. Dogs will need much care, they warned. And would she, a writer, help the walks, the training? But the woman and the dog quickly became good friends. There are so many lessons to be learned, such as walking the dog in the park, making the dog’s coat . . . After all, who will look after the dog and when you want to go away? But her love for the dog made all end well and, soon, Brookfield cannot bear to leave her pooch. Living with her dog, protecting her and loving her puts the author back in charge of her own life. After all, men may come and go, but a dog will always trust you and love you. Amanda Brookfield finds her life changed and improved.