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Louise Bernikow is the author of Bark If You Love Me, which features some of her and her dog, Libro's, exploits. Dreaming in Libro takes
their story a little farther, writing about their eight years together as she adjusted to having a dog in her life, how it opened new doors to her, and the impact Libro himself had on her as a person.
Louise is not someone who ever wanted a dog, nor had she ever considered having one before she met Libro. It was quite by accident that she came upon him in a park where he sat in a police car attracting a crowd. Louise to this day is not sure what possessed her to take the dog home with her, but she never regretted that decision. The dog with
the amber eyes peering at her from the window in the backseat of that squad car would soon be named Libro,
fitting now given that Louise is a journalist and author.
Before Libro, Louise lived life in the fast lane, traveling at the drop of a hat, flirting with the men
who came in and out of her life, enjoying the clubs and nightlife with friends
as well as building a career for herself. She had to give up some of her independence, settling down to life with a dog. And not just any dog. Libro proved to be
quite adaptable and became the star when she took him on tour for her first book, which was written about Libro. His introduction into Louise’s life opened many doors for Louise. She was welcomed into a community of dog lovers, including people off the street, other professionals, her neighbors and her readers.
Libro loved meeting new people and did not mind the attention, the cameras or the traveling, although it was obvious he was most content at home, walking the streets of New York or visiting the neighbors in his apartment building.
As time went on, Libro and Louise learned to recognize each other's body language and moods. Libro seemed to anticipate when Louise needed him to be calm rather than playful. They helped each other through various illnesses and injuries, supported each other as only human and dog can do.
While this is not a deeply insightful memoir, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with Libro from the very first encounter and understand how Louise Bernikow could so easily fall under his charm and take in his life lessons. Libro opened her heart in ways she could not
have imagined possible. His unconditional love and trust in her, as well as his protectiveness over her, made him the perfect companion. Louise likens him to being the man in her life, her significant other
- and the way she describes it, Libro certainly was. Full of humor and a bit of anthropomorphism as to the motives and thoughts of her dog, the author has written an entertaining, heartwarming book that will be welcomed
by dog lovers everywhere.