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Don’t be fooled by the adorable puppy cover— author Slater does indeed love animals, but her memoir is anything but soft and fuzzy.
The story begins with a bleak childhood, dominated first by her mother’s mental illness and then by a foster family that gave her a house, "but not a home." Slater finds solace in the company of animals and the natural world.
As an adult we find Sater with the $60,000 dog of the title, Lila, the family pet who came down with an extremely painful case of glaucoma. The dilemma that Slater faced send her daughter to camp, or continue to treat her beloved dog is one that will resonate with every person who has ever valued an animal as more than just a pet.
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