by Maren Schober
Those of us who are fortunate enough to have a pet at home, know the numerous benefits that come from this experience. These loving animals help us emotionally, psychologically and even physically, as author Sara Krill, Wauwatosa, WI, found out first hand. In her new book, My Pal Lou: The Story of Me, Sara shares her life with her dog, Lou.
“The truth is I went into the pet store to get a comb for my cat,” Sara explains, “but there I was, face pressed up against the glass, eye to eye with this soulful beagle. I named him right then and there, uttering ‘Hello Lou’, at the same time arguing that I was not going to bring home a dog. Part of me just wanted to get the cat comb and go home, but something changed for me at that moment and I never regretted since.”
Sara will never forget her homecoming from the hospital following surgery. “The day I came home from the hospital, Lou was so happy to see me that he knocked me over when he greeted me.” she says. “As physically painful as that was, my heart was singing that my friend missed me so much! Lou lay next to me in bed, his head up and alert, as if to say he was my guard and he was on the job. The little things he did kept me in good spirits.”
When Lou later developed cancer and required expensive chemotherapy to stay alive, it was Sara who returned the favor and stood by him. “Many pet owners would have simply put him so sleep, but I knew he wanted to live, so I spared no expense to heal him the way he would have healed me if our situations were reversed,” Sara acknowledges. “ It was worth it. When he did pass away, he knew he was loved and cared for as a member of my family.”
Sara learned a lot from Lou. “I learned that animals have an amazing way of filling vacancies within ourselves, even when we’re completely unaware of those places of emptiness. Most of all I learned that all animals are capable of giving and receiving love, and deserve respect.”
“My book is full of stories that will make the readers laugh, cry and ponder their own lives, as well as, their lives with a pet. I like to think my book can touch people by pulling them into my life with my dog. They get to know me and all my faults and trials as a single woman trying to live life the best way I can. It also allows the reader to emotionally and intellectually experience the significant role that Louie, a pet, played in my life.”
To learn more about Lou, you can visit the website: www.lbgpublishing.com.