The Story of an Immigrant Dog
Not many dogs live to twenty years of age. Pretzel did.
Although the long life of a confused, anxiety-ridden pet is the focus of PRETZEL ON PROZAC: The Story of an Immigrant Dog, this book is also a human story. Ellen Palestrant calls this memoir an autobiodography, that is, her dog Pretzel's biography told in tandem with fragments from her own life.
With humor, pathos, and great originality, Palestrant offers a moving tale about her maladjusted, routine-bound dog and his many dilemmas. This is also a story about immigration and adjustment. We are all immigrants in our own lives as we move through its different phases and adapt to changing circumstances.
Publisher: EP Creative Enterprises
Dede Harris on Amazon wrote:
Pretzel on Prozac - The Story of an Immigrant Dog is a heartfelt tale and tribute to Pretzel and Bailey that will resonate with all pet lovers. This book is a tender exploration of the relationship we have with the animals we love and care for. The emotions stirred are real and relatable. Weaved within the immigration story of Ellen and N., Bailey and Pretzel with his disposition for, and ultimately ensuing mental health problems, are issues of identity, change, responsibility, boundaries both real and created, and, of course, love. This story celebrates the life of Pretzel and the Love Ellen and N. had for him. In all honesty, I had tears at the end as I remembered the life and love I gave, and the heartbreaking loss I have too felt.
Everyone could relate to the trials having a dog like Pretzel. Just adorable and so sensitively written. Love the illustrations as well. Everyone who has ever had a dog, traveled with a dog or loved a dog will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.