The Dog Who Danced

The Dog Who Danced

Book - 2012
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"Multiple hankies, dog lovers...this is an emotional read." - Library Journal

If there's been a theme in Justine Meade's life, it's loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, was Mack, her grey and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than twenty years away.

Ed and Alice Parmalee are mourning a loss of their own. Seven years after their daughter was taken from them, they're living separate lives together. Dancing around each other, and their unspeakable heartbreak, unable to bridge the chasm left between them. When they find a little black and gray dog by the side of the road, they take him in.

Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog's instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans. Whether it's as Justine's partner, or just the ebb and flow of a family's rhythms, it's as though the little Shetland Sheepdog was born to bring people together.

Everyone needs Mack. But to whom does the little dog who danced belong?

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312674991
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wilson 2012
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 31, 2018

This is such a great book. I laughed almost as many times as I cried. It is a book that deals with everyday issues, especially if you truly love your pet beyond all boundaries, as Justine does. She has certainly not had an easy life, chasing from 1 dream of a better life to another. But, her constant has been Mack, her merle sheltie who is her dance partner. Justine attempts to reach her Father before he passes, so she hooks up with a trucker, (Artie) she knows to drive her & Buddy to their destination. Artie leaves here in Ohio in a truck stop, figuring she has the dog. Soon realizes Mack is still in the truck with him. So is the starting you will love.

Mar 23, 2018

Not sure I actually enjoyed reading this book because it was unbelievably sad on so many levels, although I admire the author's storytelling prowess. The Dog Who Danced is the doggie version of The Light Between Oceans, where the reader is caught in a drama of a love and a loss so deep, between what is fair and merciful, hoping that somehow there will be a satisfying ending to the story; I believe the author accomplishes this nicely.

sugarmountain Jul 18, 2017

Restores your faith in mankind and the kindness of strangers.

Oct 17, 2016

I liked this story

Feb 28, 2016

A wonderful story about a lost dog and his owners unrelenting search to find him, told in part by the owner and also through the eyes of the dog. The only thing that spoiled it for me was the really bad language sprinkled throughout the book.

Jul 15, 2013

loved this book!

wisewood Jul 05, 2012

one of the best books I have ever read. Beautifully written. concise..just the right amount of time spent in the telling of this lovely story.July 5 2012

dragonsnakes Apr 10, 2012

A book that would be enjoyed by dog lovers. It illustrates the strong bond between master/owner and canine and how a dog can heal others and bring the people back together.


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