Dog Medicine

How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

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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. 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 beautiful, elegiac language the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can heal even the most broken hearts and minds.

Dog Medicine simply has to be your next must-read
Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild
A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves
A stunning new memoir from Julie Barton explores the topics of severe depression and canine companionship as treatment in poignant and revealing language
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How dogs can save us from ourselves

How dogs can save us from ourselves

30 June 2016

By Pan Macmillan

In Dog Medicine, Julie Barton tells us how her dog Bunker was the key to turning her life around. She gives us her take on how to be happy.