“Dog Medicine,” written by Julie Barton, is a phenomenal read that offers insight into the emotional support and companionship offered by our best fur friends. Throughout the book, Barton details her experiences with mental illness and utilizes a heartfelt approach to depict how her best fur friend, Bunker, aides in alleviating her debilitating symptoms.
“Dog Medicine” is a relatable read for those with and without mental illness. The author emphasizes the supportive role of Bunker in adding structure, routine, and purpose in her days. With Bunker, Barton is able to return to her normal activities, including socializing, working, caring for herself, and living independently. In her book, Barton states, “I want to get out of bed.” Readers can interpret from this statement exactly how dogs can serve as a natural antidepressant. Through the development of their bond, it is observed that Bunker serves as a source of safety, provides comfort and companionship, promotes mindfulness, and encourages laughter. “Dog Medicine” exemplifies what we, as a social species, need but are often neglected. The author highlights how she has become more attuned to her own emotional experiences by observing and attending to Bunker’s emotional needs. Through immersing oneself in “Dog Medicine,” readers begin to understand exactly how Bunker shaped Barton’s mental health recovery by teaching her how to embrace, welcome, experience, and ultimately accept pleasant and unpleasant emotions. Barton succeeds in creating a powerful anecdote about the healing effects of animals and the human-canine bond. “Dog Medicine” is a Doggone Good Read that is sure not to disappoint!
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An in-depth interview of Julie Barton and “Dog Medicine” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RikLo6TQB7g