At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. She called her mom, who raced from Ohio to New York, picked Julie up, and took her home.
Psychiatrists, therapists and family tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker.
Dog Medicine captures in unforgettable language the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds.
I had the great honor of being a guest on the Dear Sugars podcast with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. We talked about whether a young woman with a beloved, healing dog should take an extended trip far away. Have a listen!
Five Stars from Foreword Reviews:“A stunning new memoir from Julie Barton explores the topics of severe depression and canine companionship as treatment in poignant and revealing language.”
Five Stars from San Francisco Book Review: “Dog Medicine offers a carefully measuredappreciation of life, in which every step forward is a victory worth celebrating, and every dark day is something that must be endured before moving on. Barton’s story of her life with Bunker is truly moving, and provides heartwarming proof of the ability of pets to alter our lives for the better.”
From Kirkus Reviews: “This difficult subject matter might cause a lesser writer to overreach and fall into maudlin sentimentality, but Barton writes with simple clarity and precision about her depression and its effects on her life…A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves.”
May 2017: Dog Medicine has had the honor of winning the Nautilus Book Award. It received a silver in the Psychology category. This feels extra special because these awards are given for “exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living and green values, high-level wellness, responsible leadership and positive social change.”