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Dog Medicine

How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

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An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her life

A New York Times Bestseller

Dog Medicine simply has to be your next must-read.” —Cheryl Strayed 

At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.

Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. 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 the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

I’m not alone

After devouring this book in 3 days I was happy to find comfort in the fact that I’m not the only crazy dog lady that misses her dogs terribly anytime I leave them and would rather stay home in their company than any social event. That my feeling of sadness or pain goes away with a lick or a head bump or with them simply sitting quietly next to me as long as I need them to. Thank you Julie

Great Story

This book was great from beginning to end.

Thank you!

Thank you, Julie, for telling your story. I cried and cried, thinking of our sweet dog, Annie, and missing her as much as you miss Bunker. The love of a dog is such a gift. Thank you!

Dog Medicine
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jul 19, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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