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.

 Praise for Dog Medicine 

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  1. Thank you, Julie, for the story of your journey and the healing that came with Bunker. I live with treatment-resistant major chronic depression and have a history of a troubled childhood. I was especially touched by your self-forgiveness revelation. It made a powerful impact on me. I don’t currently have a dog and I am desperately lonesome for one.

  2. Hi Julie,
    I had the chance to talk with you in person at the 2016 Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, MO. I told you about my Bear and how much he and your book meant to me. You signed my copy to Gabrielle and Bear & from Julie and Bunker. You wrote how wonderful it was that Bear and I found each other. I was touched by that, because it was a blessing. I know I wouldn’t have made it without him. Bear passed away last November after 12 years of being my lifeline. I wanted to say thank you again for your book and the kind words you told me.

  3. Dear Julie, I saw your book in the library at the airport of Luxemburg and just had to take it. Because the title was the story of my own life!
    I’ve had to deal with depression since 2005, after a long fight against the ruling system at my working place. And even if I finally won, it left me exhausted and desillusioned. Paroxetin didn’t help. How could it anyway? I was an alcoholic and didn’t have the strength/will to quit.
    Ever since we’ve been living together, I’ve been asking my husband for a dog. As he does the household and I go to work, it was NO! In summer 2015, I asked a last time. I had promised myself I would have left the house if it had been no again. I promised I’d get better with a dog. Finally my husband agreed. I think he saw the last chance for me to get better.
    We chose a stray dog from Romania, a Border Collie-Labrador, only by a picture on the facebook page of Puppy Rescue Romania. Billy looked like he was smiling on the pictures. It was love at the first sight for me, probably not for him. He was a traumatized dog, we don’t know what he went through. You should have seen me crying when I took him in my arms the first time. And just like you, I felt sort of relief.
    He’s been three years by our side now. The whole family is just crazy about him, even my husband. ESPECIALLY my husband! . Just to resume the positive side of Billy on myself: I lost 50 pounds, quit drinking, I love to travel and walk in the woods. Beside the physical benefits, my family is just happy… and grateful to have Billy in our lives. He’s the most beautiful being and just like you, I’d do everything for him.

  4. Do you have any discussion questions for Dog Medicine? I came across your book last spring and am going to have my my book club read it next month. I am excited to share it with my dog loving friends.

  5. I just finished reading Dog Medicine and I am truly moved. I cried so hard at the epilogue. Bunker really did save you! Our family lost our beloved angel Leo to diabetes in 2016 and I miss him so much every day. I have 2 daughters 19 and 23 and our older daughter suffers from depression now for 2 years. We’re trying so hard to help her and I’m hoping she will read your book…your story is truly heartwarming!

    1. Thank you so much for this message, Anna. I’m so glad you found the book. Mostly I’m glad Leo came into your lives. Dogs can be such amazing healers. And I send my best hopes to your daughter. XO Julie

  6. I just finished Dog Medicine. This book hit home for me. The time frame was almost the same as mine. So many things in the book were familiar to me: depression, trying to hide my illness, troubled relationships. It was many years before my pets could save me. They understand when no one else does. I am thankful that you had the courage to write this book. So many people suffer in silence & need to know that they aren’t alone.

  7. Hello Julie – I just finished your book. Found it by accident at the library while there looking for something to read to help my mind/heart after losing my 13 yr old “village dog”, Daisy . I am 54, never had animals growing up, but knew I wanted a dog someday when I had a yard and the means. Prior to buying my current home, I lived in a rented duplex for years, and while there my 70+ neighbor and good friend was a HUGE animal lover, and always told me how much she missed one special dog from her young adult life. She and I would walk a neighbor dog that was often tied up outside because they had no fence. I believe she helped prepare me to be ready for a dog. One day my sis-in-law left a msg saying a stray 4 month old puppy was at her house, she thought I should come meet her. I wasn’t looking for a dog. But when I met her, I just knew she was mine, there was never a question. I wasn’t prepared for a dog. I had NOTHING at home for her. But boy did that change. I was forever changed because of her. I appreciated every day with her. She was my baby. She was the nicest dog. She caused me much stress at times, because she was not like your Bunker. She had hound in her, and followed her nose. But as she aged, she mellowed. When I bought this house 8 years ago, I made decisions with her in mind. I look back on my life before her, and realize how good she was for me. I too experienced depression, never as deep and debilitating as yours, but I was definitely affected by it. She and I walked almost every single day. Always somewhere different. Nature is right there, part of every walk. Being with her outside, in all kinds of weather, walking in forests, on beaches, in fields. It was all so wonderful. She has been gone a month today, we put her down after a diagnosis of lymphoma a month prior to that. I related to words in your book about the light changing. I feel like joy and purpose have left. I am struggling a bit to get things done. I have had bad days and some more better days. I don’t feel like another dog will ever be the same. But I do hope to someday have another. But I really feel like Daisy and I were soul mates, and I pray we really do see each other again some day. Thank-you for telling your story. It was medicine for me today.

  8. Dear Julie,
    There really are no words to describe the feeling I have of just finishing your book. I think I will not even try. Just as nature and animals don’t need to speak to do their majic, I find myself unable to speak. Your book was pure majic. If I could, I would just hug you and probably cry. Thank you for your enormous courage to tell your story and for allowing your beloved Bunker to be a tremendous healer….through your words. With gratitude, Ahylish

  9. Chère Julie,
    Je viens tout juste de finir votre livre,
    J ai beaucoup pleuré !
    J ai vécu a peu près la même histoire que la votre, une depression, …..
    Et un chien, Une chienne plutot : Cali, une boxer de bientot 11ans qui m a donné l envie de vivre et me donne tellement de bonheur chaque jour.
    Je redoute tellement de la perdre ! Elle est tout pour moi !
    Bravo pour votre livre, merci !

  10. Bravo pour cette touchante histoire et merci pour tout.
    Je suis certaine que V’Indiana, Neron, Zacha et Douglas gambadent ensemble dans une belle et grande vallée avec Bunkeer qui joue dans la rivière bien fraîche. Muriel de Belgique.

  11. Chère Julie,
    Je viens juste de finir votre livre. J’en ai encore des larmes plein les yeux. Rares sont les textes qui me parlent comme l’a fait le vôtre. Bunker, votre angélique merveille, m’a profondément émue. J’ai ressenti de l’amour pour lui, petite âme stellaire aux si grands pouvoirs. Je suis convaincue que ce que j’ai ressenti l’a touché, où qu’il soit, quelque part dans l’univers. Et ça, c’est grâce à vous qui avez partagé avec nous le trésor qu’il a été, qu’il est encore. Soyez en remerciée mille fois ! C’est avec un regard différent que j’ai contemplé mon propre chien, Yoda, un bouvier bernois de 3 ans. Je pressentais ses pouvoirs : votre livre enva fait une évidence. Sa seule présence m’apaise même lorsque, comme en ce moment précis, il ronfle à faire trembler les murs…
    Je vous souhaite tout le bonheur du monde : votre livre m’en a tellement apporté !

    1. Merci beaucoup pour la note! Je suis tellement content que Google Translate existe et que je peux vous écrire. Je suis tellement contente que vous ayez trouvé le livre en français et j’ai aimé lire à propos de vous, très jolie, le ronflement de Yoda. beau! Merci du fond du coeur. Julie

  12. To Julie, I typically don’t share my thoughts and feeling, but I felt a needed “words of thanks” be given to you on writing your story. Had me crying, most of the way through and pondering about family issues of my own. You have opened dark rooms and shed a bright light to hurting, lonely people. Reading your book reminded me so much of my family. Same scenarios as you write about, it was kind of freaky, but opened my eyes to helping my family in ways that I was blind to. You’re a gem. Rare and precious.

  13. Thank you Julie for your beautiful book. I have MS and have a service dog named Morgan. I also suffer from depression and anxiety. Morgan is my rock and I would be lost without him. Your book made me feel better about relying on him. He’s my best friend.

  14. I’ve never read a book that described what I’ve experienced with depression as clearly as yours does. Even with daily medication and regular therapy I still struggle with always assuming worst case scenario and what my therapist calls the ruined life syndrome. We all continue our struggle with the help of people like you who so freely open up. And yes, one of my salvations is Mandy, my rescued mixed terrier who is actually mainly a lab per the DNA tests. Thank you kindly.

  15. Like many others. I am grateful for your beautiful story and that you found the help you needed. I can understand that SSRI have helped you as well. As a professional (social worker) I have encountered who suffer terribly from side effects of those and similar meds. So I just felt I needed a note of caution to the potpourri. It does not take anything from your experience, of course. Thanks for writing and for Bunker! 🙂

  16. Dear Julie,

    I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the most beautiful and moving piece of literature I have ever read. I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 15 and struggled with wanting to end my own life. At 17 I got my very own Bunker Hill, his name is Brinkley. Brinkley has changed my life completely, and although I still slip in and out of depression, he is my rock and always reminds me of the beauty in life. After Brinkley taught me to love myself again, I was able to meet the love of my life, just like your Greg. I have never connected with a piece of literature on so many levels as I did yours. I will forever be greatful for this beautiful piece of writing and I cannot wait to read it over and over again. As I walked Brinkley this morning and looked up at the moon I was reminded of the miracle of life and how thankful I am for my little guy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be forever greatful to you and this story.

    All my love,

  17. I just finished reading Dog Medicine and wanted to thank you for sharing your story. I know it speaks to many people as it did me, and I just wanted to say thank you.

    1. Hi just finished reading Dog Medicine last night cried so much at the end of the book. It really hits home because I have a 13 year old yellow lab who I have had since he was 8wks old. He is my life and I can’t imagine being with him. I am scared and trying so hard each day to spend my time w him and just love him more each day.

  18. Dear Julie,
    What a wonderful, touching book you wrote! I just finished reading ‘Mijn hond Mijn redding’ (Dutch title) and many times tears welled up in my eyes as I too had 3 lovely dogs, a Labra-girl Nikki and 2 golden girls Nouska and Nelle who saved my life. Since Nelle passed away last year September, not a year after Nouska, I’ve been dog-less and it has been a real challenge, facing life on my own.
    It’s the picture of Bunker that caught my eye in a magazine and that’s how I came to read your touching story. I wish you and your family all the best,

    Greetings from Belgium,
    Petra Geukens

  19. I am barely going into the Bunker Kegger and completely dying inside. I feel that Julie is telling a story of my own. I have my little Presley and would move heaven and earth for him. I cannot thank you enough for telling your story and making me feel like I’m not alone in this world with the same darkness at one point. THANK YOU!

  20. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has touched me so much.
    I literally just put your book down, having read it all in one sitting, and was in tears almost the entire time. It was so poignant and beautifully written, and makes me so so grateful for my corgi Clarence who has helped me with my own depression in so many ways.
    Bunker truly was a beautiful soul and we are all so blessed to have these furry angels in our lives. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  21. Dear Julie,
    I just finished your book about bunker. What a lovely story and I had lots of emotions. I agree the love for animals is the best cure for healing.
    I admire your kindness and love for animals.
    All the best.
    Martine Desmet

  22. Julie,
    I cannot begin to explain to you how moving your book was. I understand that many people suffer with depression and many people also love dogs, so you are getting a lot of this. I never did get to the “floor” so to speak, because I rescued a rottie/boxer mix that we actually named “Savior”. Her unwavering love held me up through so many stints in my life that could have brought me to the place you saw in your apartment is NYC. I have been diagnosed with major depression a while ago and hence on medication as well. However, nothing seemed to reach me and my brain the way that just putting my hand on Savior did. I felt everything you wrote like it happened to me. The love you had, and I’m sure still have, for Bunker is the way I love my Savior. Her name fit her every single day. I lost Savior in February. She was almost 13. There is not one day that goes without thinking of her. After she passed I had some life troubles I had to deal with and I wasn’t sure I could do it without her. I managed, but not without wishing every second she was there to get me through it.
    Also, I was so hoping that you were going to end up with Greg. By mistake I read the “acknowledgements” and saw that you thanked your “husband” Greg, so I knew before I got to that part, but I was so happy for you. I finished the book yesterday sitting in the sun. I think that I had more tears than sweat on my face when you talked about Bunker passing. I could literally feel the heartache.
    Thank you for letting us into your life, for making known that people aren’t alone in their depression even though they may feel that way.
    I have never felt so moved to actually write something to an author before, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  23. Julie, I just finished your book and it is incredibly moving. My yoga teacher recommended it because I mentioned how my rescue dog Jessie rescued me after I had a traumatic brain injury (which brings depression, too) and that I wanted to write about it. I’m so glad you posted a video of you and Bunker. Such loving eyes. I see you’ve already visited Seattle, but I hope you can come back soon.

  24. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED your book. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I saw myself in your depression and suffered for years before finally beating it back. Mine came from genetics and childhood abuse. I also saw my daughter, who always wanted a loving, supportive relationship with her brother, but he wasn’t available to her. So many parallels between your family and mine. I wonder if those who suffer from depression are more likely to form deeply emotional relationships with their fur babies? It occurred to me while reading your book that we may love our fur babies so much because we are unable to love ourselves. We are giving our animals what we desperately needed as children. And we get their pure, undying love and devotion in return.

  25. Oh my goodness, Julie, that was the best and most heartfelt book I’ve ever read. I am a serious dog lover, and could feel your pain throughout the entire book. I held it together until I got to the letter that you wrote to the vet the day of Bunker’s surgery. I don’t know why, but I read it aloud and was sobbing while I read it. My German Shepard, Foxi, came out from behind the couch like I had lost my mind and stared at me. You took such good care of Bunker and I was moved by your heartwarming story of real love – the kind that cannot be duplicated – between a human and their dog. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this memoir. It will stay in my memory forever and I will share it with dog lovers – starting tomorrow – I’m sharing with a coworker, and I warned her to have the Kleenex handy. Thank you so much, Julie. Good luck to you and your entire family, and may God bless all of you, Glenda

    1. Glenda, Thank you so much for the lovely note. I’m so happy you found the book, and that your beautiful Foxi found you. Thanks also for sharing the book! Means the world to me! All my best. ~ Julie

  26. Mrs. Julie Barton,
    I read your story cover to cover and by the end of the epilogue I was ugly-crying. I’m writing this as I sit next to my own savior, Enzo, a golden retriever who I adopted in the darkest time of my life. A time when I felt that my existence was a nuisance to myself and others. When my mother finally understood the severity of my thoughts she drove to pick me up and move me home.
    When she arrived, I was just a puddle, a broken soul that wanted so badly to be put back together. After countless thought of suicide I realized that I wasn’t just in a bad stage. I needed help. Yet, I didn’t even want to begin to try because it seemed impossible and pointless. Despite the pain that left feeling as if I had the weight of a thousand earths crushing me, I convinced my mom to let me adopt Enzo. I needed a purpose. The way you described the instantaneous calm that entered your life when Bunker did echoes in my memory and makes me think of the day I picked up the little ball of fuzz that I now adore more than anything. She was the last puppy left. The one everyone else looked past. The second I held her I could feel my heart getting better. She has truly healed me in ways I could not have imagined. Your story is so incredibly real Mrs. Barton. I commend you for sharing it for the world to read. I cannot imagine the courage and dedication it took.
    I must ask you though, how did you get past losing Bunker? I fear the day that I lose Enzo and wonder if I will fall apart.

    Dylaneigh & Enzo

    1. Dylaneigh, I am big fan of ugly crying. And Enzo sounds like such an incredible healer. It’s astounding how they help us, isn’t it? It was indeed a little scary to be this honest with the world, but you know what? People like you make it all worthwhile. It’s so nice to find such beautiful kindred spirits out there. We’re not alone. All my best, Julie

  27. Julie,
    I picked your book up in a Chicago airport on my way home to New York. I quite liked it-found it honest and unrelenting and unfiltered but as a native New Yorker took some offense to how it seemed New York took a good deal of implied blame for your breakdown–as someone who has battled depression, has lost 2 dogs and probably mentally abused his sister in our youth I quite identified with it but was disappointed with that aspect- being fiercely loyal to New York and knowing the root issues of depression do not have much to do with place. But more importantly I wish I could have met Bunker–he was obviously a special boy–and so seemed your connection. I recently adopted a dog who my friend was about to adopt before my friend passed away of cancer so I am blessed with a special one too–even if I am just caretaking her until she meets my friend and true owner she hasn’t met yet.
    Thanks for the book. Look forward to your next–glad Greg gave you a second chance too–and you him!

    1. Hi Kyle, Thanks so much for the note. I definitely did not intend to not blame New York for my mental state. I don’t blame anyone or anyplace, actually. It was all me–I was my own worst enemy. I can imagine that if one is happy and well, New York is an absolutely amazing place to live. I wish I could’ve been that way when I lived there. Maybe I’ll try again some day. You never know! All my best, with deep love for Manhattan after all, Julie

  28. Julie: I got your book & read til 5 this morning! I could relate to your depression because I went through a clinical depression & I didn’t get the help I needed – this started in ’74 – & surprisingly I came across some really bad therapist who saw me as hysterical, manic depressive, you name it. I had come from a cold, damaged mother & married a man w/ narcissistic personality disorder. When he realized I wanted to return to college after 25 yrs off campus, he systematically verbally abused me which left me trying to figure out who was crazy – the doc who kept drugging me, myself with all the negatives I heard in my head or my husband who was Dr Jeckell-Mr Hyde. My life felt like I lived in a carnival with a fun house mirror that distorted who I was when I tried to find myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how deep in the Blacks I fell. As we were military, my family was thousands of miles away but they would not help me. The only salvation for me was writing. I wrote every night, trying to figure out what was happening to me & thought if I could figure it out then maybe the psychiatrist would help ‘fix’ our marriage. I was dangling by a thread & was desperately trying to hang on. I remember writing: I live in a world
    Of sardonic men
    Who carve my bones
    Then tell me it’s only
    My imagination.

    I just needed someone to believe me & help me out of the dark hole that was slowing taking away my breathing, my reality of what was going on in our marriage & stop the meds that were harming, not helping.

    So very glad you had the support of your parents, friends, Bunker and Greg. I don’t think I will ever feel truly safe with a man. But I am 72 now & walking in the end years of my life. I have wanted to write my story but I still live with a lot of fear. So glad you wrote your book. I could identify with the hell you went through. God bless you & your family!

    Baby’s Mom

    1. Hi Baby’s Mom! Thanks so much for the note. I think you broke the “stayed up late reading” record. The previous time I heard was 2AM. 🙂 I’m so, so glad you wrote. It’s incredibly healing, isn’t it? All my best to you for many more fruitful pages. ~ Julie

  29. Thanks!!!!
    Read the abstract in dailymail & just ordered a hard copy from Amazon India.

    Thanks a lot! May God bless you! For everything!

  30. Julie,

    I couldn’t put your book down, I am almost through it in 24 hours. Your story matches my own. I also grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved away and fell apart. I still suffer from anxiety and depression as well. Two years ago dog appeared in my life suddenly named Marley, and is teaching me about unconditional love. My AA sponsor calls her “my God dog” because she is the only thing that gets me out of my thoughts sometimes. I love how you talk about how your dog keeps you in the present moment, how he could sense when you were upset, and you would spend time just watching his movements. I can relate so much to that! I never ever thought anyone else ever felt saved by a dog. Marley changed my life and your story helps me remember that I am not alone. Thank you!

    1. Kelly, Thank you so much for your beautiful note. You are not alone. Not by far. There are so many people out there saved by their dogs. I’m so glad Marley found you. With love, Julie

  31. Julie – your story is beautiful. I just finished listening to the audiobook version on Audible over the past week while I walked my three dogs. While I don’t suffer from depression, I found your story inspirational while I battle some professional, financial, and family setbacks in life. Thanks to the love and support of my wife and dogs, these setbacks are manageable and I hope I will overcome them in time. My eyes welled up with tears when you described your emotions when Bunk turned six and made me realize how important it is to cherish the time with my dogs, as two are seven years old and one just turned five. Your epilogue was extremely moving, as it brought back the memories of another beloved dog who died suddenly at the age of 9 when I was in my 20s. I also was very happy to know you have forgiven your brother. I look forward to your future writing, keep up the great work!

    1. DS, Thank you so much. I love the idea of walking the dogs and listening to Dog Medicine. Makes me smile. Thank you and best wishes to you and your family (human and canine, of course). ~ Julie

  32. Hi Julie , My name is John and while I was married we got a dog name Ben . He is half lab and Rottweiler and all black but when the sun shines on him you can see the brown fur. Ben change my life also and anyone who has pets knows this feeling words can’t describe that love they give you. Ben is with my x at the Hs. and I’am in a small apt. One day Ben will be gone and that will be a sad day, but don’t let bunker water bowl go dry, there is another dog waiting for you and needs you as much . Bunker will not be forgotten Julie .

  33. Julie I couldn’t’t put your book down. My golden retriever tripper came into my life about a month before my son passed away suddenly, he was the only reason I got out of bed in the morning, he was funny and smart and I miss him so much. Sadly he passed away eight years ago and I miss him but he will never be forgotten. God bless you. Wishing you all the best

    1. Thank you so much, Sally. I’m so sorry you lost your son. But I’m so glad Tripper found you and you him. They’re our earth angels, aren’t they? All the best, Julie

  34. I just wanted to thank you for writing such an amazing book. It was like you came to me and said ” I am writing a book that explains YOUR struggles and what is in YOUR head.” There it was in front of me in black and white. I too have begun to find peace for my struggles, due to terrible life events, within my dog and rescue cats. It goes back to that feeling that they choose us…they don’t judge us…and our care for them somehow puts us on the healing path. I still have a very long way to go as therapy is also a strong part of my healing, but when my animals entered my life things just seemed different…better…the dim light a bit brighter. Your book truly moved me to tears. It will be something I hold onto to forever remind me I am not alone and I can fight the negativity that tends to cloud my brain. I find myself often looking to my pets to get me through those days and somehow they always know how to pull me through. We all need a “Bunker” in our life. Thank you.

    1. I love it, Joelle. “There it was in front of me in black and white.” They do choose us. And you’re so right that they do put us on the path to healing. I’m so glad your dog and cats found you. All the best, Julie

  35. Incredibly touching book that really draws the reader into what it’s like to experience the paralyzing depths of depression. At times I struggled while reading, remembering exactly what you would describe. I also found myself feeling thankful to have someone of your talent validate the darkness that is depression. In my worst point I got a dog as well. I remember thinking, “if this doesn’t help, I can’t be helped.” It helped. She only lived to be 6 but she helped me make it (had both her knees replaced by age 3, bad genetics). It’s been two years since I’ve had an extended period of depression. Thank you for this wonderful book!

    1. Renee, Thank you so much for your note and for the very kind words about my writing. I’m so glad your dog found you and helped you. They’re amazing healers. All my best, Julie

  36. Julie, I have not finished reading about you and Bunker- I’m a littler over half through it. I have to say I also grew up with a lot of physical and emotional abuse, and at 37 I still internalize those negative thoughts. They are what I was trained to believe and think about myself. There are good days just like there are bad days. It was really good to read someone else lived with these negative thoughts that are a result of the abuses that have been ingrained in our brains. Before I started reading your book I decided to get a puppy. He, Tucker, will be home soon and I hope to have as beautiful of an experience as you and Bunker had. Thank you for writing this book. Thank you for bringing the closeted life of depression to the eyes and minds of those who do not know what it’s like to live with this often debilitating illness.

  37. Julie – thank you so much for telling your story. My name is Julie too, and I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 24 in 1986. I’ve been dealing with this disease for 30 years now, and have been on a multitude of meds. I accepted a long time ago that I would be on medication for this, for the rest of my life – and that’s okay. We are similar in another way, in that we have both been blessed to be loved by dogs. I don’t know how I would’ve made it through some of my darkest times without my Chihuahuas. There was Tina, Tigger, and Leo – who have all passed over the Rainbow Bridge. And my current four loved ones, Katy, Roscoe, Ike, and Kissy. They are the light of my life. Even though it’s so hard to lose them when their time comes, I can’t imagine not having a dog in my life. My latest baby to pass was Leo, in March 2013. It was very sudden and very painful. I still think of him every day.
    It was difficult to read your story because I recognized almost every aspect of it. It was all so familiar. It’s an uphill battle for me every single day, but I keep on “keepin’ on”. I’m so glad you found relief and happiness with your husband and your girls. God bless you and stay healthy!
    Julie Harris

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely note, Julie. So glad your dogs have helped sustain you. They’re amazing creatures, aren’t they? Sending my best to you and them. ~ Julie B.

  38. Hi Julie

    Just a note to thank you for sharing your wonderful story. Here I am at work and sneaking the wonderful reading! I am happy that everything worked out for you! !

  39. You’re book is so touching. I know what it is to have the companionship of a dog. My dog, Oreo, comforted me the night I lost my dad. I didn’t have to be strong for him.

  40. Julie, I just finished your book and found it so beautiful and moving. I know that wonderful feel of love and connection for a dog. My dear Abbie Gail is 4 1/2 years old and she is such a blessing.
    My son, Dan, suffered from depression just about the time you did. He also got a puppy lab (Alba) to help save him and he loved her so much. Sadly, he didn’t survive as he went off his meds, he was 32 Meds were so experimental in those days.
    You’re story reminds me so much of him and his struggle.
    You are a great writer. There is so much feeling in Dog Medicine. A great tribute to Bunker.

    1. Arlene, Thank you so much for the note. I’m so sorry you lost your son to depression. It’s a brutal disease.

      I’m so glad that Abbie Gail found you and helps you. All my best to you and your family. ~ Julie

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