“This delightfully wisecracking memoir will renew the spirits of cancer survivors as well as dog lovers.”– Library Journal
“This encouraging tale of finding love and hope in unexpected places is full of small yet valuable life lessons that any animal-lover would appreciate.”– Publishers Weekly
“This breezy, heartfelt, and funny memoir walks the reader through all of the emotional and medical stages of cancer, both canine and human, making an awful situation infinitely readable and hopeful. Give this one to anyone going through cancer treatment—the title alone tells it all.” - Booklist
About The Book
The Dog Lived (and So Will I) is the true story of Teresa Rhyne and her totally incorrigible, totally lovable beagle, Seamus. Teresa was a successful attorney finally enjoying life with a new (younger) boyfriend, after surviving her second divorce, when her newly adopted dog Seamus was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and given less than a year to live.
While Teresa coped by swearing, wailing, raging, drinking wine, blaming, self-pity, dog-pity, and drinking more wine, Seamus ate everything in sight. He also charmed the vets out of thousands of bones, demanded regular cuddles, howled when he was left alone, had uncontrollable bursts of energy, and generally came to rule his household—all while undergoing chemotherapy.
Seamus beat his grim diagnosis with moxie and good humor. But the story doesn’t end there. Just one year later, at the age of 45, Teresa was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer.
Her doctors said there was a thirty percent chance her cancer would metastasize and kill her. It occurred to her that Seamus’s devil-may-care approach to cancer wasn’t such a bad idea. She also felt oddly confident she’d survive—because the dog did.
The Dog Lived (and So Will I) tells the moving and often hilarious story of how Seamus led the way and made cancer a less frightening, more manageable experience for Teresa.
It is also the story of how a woman, a younger man, and a hard-luck beagle grew into an unconventional, committed, and loving family.
About The Author
TERESA RHYNE is an animal advocate and breast cancer survivor. On January 12, 2009, she underwent a lumpectomy for triple-negative breast cancer, followed by four rounds of chemotherapy and 36 rounds of radiation. She has been “NED” (no evidence of disease) ever since.
She has lived in Southern California (it’s like its own state) for her entire life, and shares a house with her boyfriend Chris and their irrepressible, diabolically cute beagle, Seamus (the Famous).
And About That Beagle
Seamus had a rough start in life. Animal Control found him roaming the mean streets of Moreno Valley (that’s right, he’s a street beagle) and brought him to the County Animal Shelter where, despite his microchip and obvious prior care, his prior guardians never came to claim him.
Just in time, the magnificent crew at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center rescued him and promptly brought him into Teresa’s life where he has quickly made up for any past hardships. His (assigned) birth date is March 17, 2003 and his full name is Seamus Luxury Leisure Danger Trouble Hunger Cuteness Rhyne-Kern (the Famous).
His favorite meal is chicken, bacon, bleu cheese, cheeseburger on a triple bun, with roast beef, pastrami and pork chops on the side, and Girl Scout cookies for dessert. Also, toast.