Learning the Language of Love from Two Littermates Who Share One Brain By E.D. Montaigne
About the book:
"Part memoir, part training tale full of lessons and cautions, part circus, all heart and soul and tears and joy... "
"I finished it this evening with tears my eyes at some points, but also a greater understanding of faith and love..."
Author E.D. Montaigne tells the heart-felt tale of how she learned to communicate, train, and finally connect as family with two litter-mates who shared one brain. Out-numbered, out-thought, and usually out-powered by the 150-pound duo adopted from a shelter, she came to learn to read the smallest ear twitch, notice the slightest change of tail and stance, feel the whip of attention and energy as the messages bounced silently between the two siblings who walked alike, snored alike, anticipated each other's every move, and hatched plans in milliseconds.
She takes us on the journey on which she eventually come to understand what three professional trainers missed: One of the pups was deaf, and following the cues of the other pup's every move, whether whisker or ear or eye or the invisible yet palpable intuitive communication the two shared as litter-mates.
She regales us with Disney-ready scenes of dog training boot-camp style, dog psychologists and trainers from casting-central, as well as a long-line of chewed-through contraptions prescribed to give her a fighting chance at being leader of what came to be a 24-footed pack comprised of the 150-pound pups, an aged Benji-look-alike terrier-Mafia-don they arrived to entertain, toddlers, and two feline honorary-members.
After drags across park lawns, she finally one day she found the one thing that worked best: realizing that the dogs were trying to communicate with her, through a language of love in action they were eager to teach her. It was language of heart, of trust, of intuition, and of faith in each other and in the patterns of life itself.