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Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians

Linda Gray Sexton
# UK6902 Paperback, 276 pages; 2014
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Since her parents first brought home a black-and-white-spotted canine beauty when she was nine years old, Linda Gray Sexton has been enamored with a breed that's often "described with words like neurotic, nervous, hyper, skitzy, overexcitable, snappish, and downright nasty." (She, of course, vigorously disputes these descriptors!) In this lyrical and poignant memoir, Sexton (daughter of poet Anne Sexton) recalls the thirty-eight Dalmatians who've enriched - and, in one case, even saved - her life over the past six decades, from witnessing the messy miracle of the family dog delivering puppies as a child to venturing into competitive dog showing and becoming a breeder as an adult. (Warning: The details of the sometimes shocking world of dog breeding - even for "ethical breeders" - may be disturbing to some.) Bespotted is a beautifully written and emotionally gripping story of a besotted woman and her deep connection to "Dals." Anyone who has truly loved a dog will enthusiastically relate! (AG)
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