It’s hard to prioritize whom to recommend this book to: dog lovers, parents, daughters, sons, partners, siblings, those who have suffered from depression, or those who love them. I have never had a dog, and yet this book (which I devoured in two days) was a delight, an instructive tale, a love story, some parenting advice, and even a catharsis. If you have ever been hurt by life, or felt the pain of knowing you have hurt someone else, you will see yourself in the story’s pain and hurt, but also in the grief, healing, growth, and acceptance of Julie Barton’s journey. Must love dogs? No, not even.