Follow My Lead: Great Advice for Dogs and People Alike
Follow My Lead : What Training My Dogs Taught Me About Life, Love, and Happiness by Carol Quinn is a story about a woman overcoming obstacles in her life by training her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the sport of dog agility. As Carol learns how to handle her dogs from her hard-nosed trainer, Irina, it is Carol who finds herself being trained in life.
I’ve known Carol for several years and when her book came out, I couldn’t wait to read it. I have now read her book twice, the second time, highlighting passages that I know I will be referencing for years to come. Dog lovers will be thrilled with the story of the agility training, but everyone who has ever been in a relationship will find this book extremely eye-opening. The reader accompanies Carol on her journey that involves one bad boyfriend, a very demanding teacher, and two adorable dogs, Nairobi and Sheila.
At the heart of the story is Carol’s relationship with her fiancé Henry. He is the wrong man for Carol, but she’s determined to make it work. We’ve all experienced this. Maybe we even knew that our big love wasn’t right for us. Perhaps, like Carol, we ignored the signs. I found this part of the story very relatable, and it’s fascinating to follow along as Carol applies a little “dog wisdom” to the course of her life and discovers a path to happiness
I had the honor of interviewing Carol recently, and I hope you’ll be intrigued enough to run out to buy the book. Please like Carol and her dogs on Facebook and enjoy her website: FollowMyleadTheBook.com.
ME: “Follow My Lead” is a memoir about a specific time in your life. As you reflected back on that time as you wrote the book, were there any surprises for you?
CAROL: The big surprise for me was that the events in my life actually came together to make a good story. When you’re living through tough times, it can feel disjointed and awkward. But as I began to write the story, weaving in the emotional twists and turns, I realized how much sense it all made. The arcs worked, the lows were there, the revelations timely. It was miraculous in a way.Continued on the next page