- Publisher: Riverhead Books
- Format: Hardback | 228 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 216mm x 38mm | 340g
- Publication date: 28 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1594487766
- ISBN 13: 9781594487767
- Sales rank: 307,854
The hilarious and heartfelt chronicle of a woman learning the secrets of love, health, and happiness from some very surprising teachers: her dogs. Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. And then it happened. She met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love. "You Had Me at Woof" is the often hilarious and always sincere story of how one woman discovered life's most important lessons from her relationships with her canine companions. From Otto, Julie realized what it might feel like to find "the one." She learned to share her home, her heart, and her limited resources with another, and she found an authentic friend in the process. But that was just the beginning. Over the years her brood has grown to one husband, one daughter, and several Boston terriers. And although she had much to learn about how to care for them-walks at 2 a.m., vet visits, behavior problems-she was surprised and delighted to find that her dogs had more wisdom to convey to her than she had ever dreamed. And caring for them has made her a better person-and completely and utterly opened her heart. Riotously funny and unexpectedly poignant, "You Had Me at Woof" recounts the hidden surprises, pleasures, and revelations of letting any mutt, beagle, terrier, or bulldog go charging through your world. Watch a Video
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Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at "Late Night with David Letterman," she went on to write for such publications as "O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour," and "The New York Times Magazine" and for the VH1 television show "Pop-Up Video," where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She married the show's producer, Paul Leo. They live with their daughter and three dogs in Manhattan.
By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 03 Mar 2011
Reading Julie Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness takes us through her journey as a young, single woman living in a studio in Manhattan who takes and rescues a Boston terrier - and the satisfaction and delight that ensues. In the months and years that follow, Julie falls in love, marries, changes apartments, starts a family, and grows increasingly involved in fostering and caring for rescue dogs. With sympathy and humor, You Had Me at Woof captures Klam's transformation into the dog expert amongst friends, fans, followers, and family - though she wryly suspects that behind her back 'it's the dog nut.'"
Klam captures the tough moments as she volunteered, fostered, and cared for "unplaceable dogs" and in inexplicable moment that the dog and his/her human fall in love. For those of us who loved a dog, love dogs, or long for a dog of our own, Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness is a reminder, celebration and testament to one of the most enduring and satisfying friendships.