Bymyside: Golden Lessons for Life,
written by Patricia Kennedy, with illustrations by Robert Christie, went to press on October 4, 2000. The
book is a timeless one and no matter how many times I
take it out to enjoy, it is always fresh and poignant.
Here is the review I wrote for the book.
I received a copy of
this book hot off the presses; and, I
imagine that it will always remain a treasured part of
my personal library. Not only are the Golden photos and
situations universally recognizable, but the
accompanying Golden "lessons" are truly therapeutic. As
a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Private
Clinician, and Graduate School Instructor, I utilize a
cognitive-behavioral style such as that noted in Ellis'
Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy [REBT]. And, it is
that same kind of rational thinking that shouts out from
this book. You see, sometimes us human folks fail to
watch our Golden Retrievers close enough and we
consequently miss the big picture. We fail to understand
how our furry companions are so proficient at managing
the ups and downs of life. Patty Kennedy's precious
"Golden Lessons" do just that. They set out to help
people think in a better more healthy way. And, in REBT,
it is only when we are able to THINK better, that we
will come to FEEL better.
BETTER book has an incredible 106 pages with 52
full-color Golden Retriever illustrations & lessons. One
scene typifies what Goldens continually do for us, rain
or shine. It shows Golden Bailey smiling at the family's
front door as it is being opened due to someone
returning home. This illustration is accompanied by the
lesson: "that it's not the size of the house that
matters, but the love that dwells within." A deceptively
simple statement, but one that is so often ignored. How
much we worry about what others think about our homes --
whether they are big enough, have the best furnishings,
or are in the best of neighborhoods. Yet, when it comes
down to what truly matters, it's whether you have made
this house into a warm, loving 'home,' appreciating the
strength and well-being that can come from such a place
of love. Do yourself a favor and get this book. You
certainly don't want to miss learning about Bailey's
other 50+ lessons!
To visit Patty
during our visit to the U.S. Senate,
And, to see the winners of the Goldens Bymyside photo
contest she helped sponsor, just click here.
Now, here are 11
of Bailey's Golden Lessons to wet
your appetite. To see the other 41 lessons well ... you'll just have to get
your own copy of the book!