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Love For & From My 4-Legged Son—how an ordinary golden retriever became an extraordinary dog. The story of the amazing Hunter J. Marcus (my “four-legged son”)

Hunter died in 2017 at the age of 15 years and three months. He was a golden retriever and the typical lifespan for a golden is 10-12 years, so he definitely had high mileage. His death was not sudden, violent nor unexpected—but was nonetheless tragic.

I could not be more miserable because of the loss of a human child.

I never thought of Hunter as a pet, and certainly not as a possession. He was a housemate, playmate, child, co-conspirator, fellow traveler, and—most of all—my best buddy. He soared like an eagle, swam like a porpoise, ate like a shark and often thought like a human.


Hunter understood dozens of English words and was very obedient—when he chose to be. Golden retrievers are very smart, and very independent. Hunter always knew exactly what he was supposed to do in any situation, and sometimes he was willing to do what he was supposed to do. We rewarded bad behavior because anything a dog does is cute!

This book is a memorial, but it's fun, not morbid.

136 pages. Prices: ebook, $4.99; paperback, $9.95


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If you have a dog, or even just a heart, you will fall in love with this book.

—Bette Isacoff [dog trainer]

If you love or have ever loved a dog, then you must read this book.

—Margo Portnoy Dinniman [dog rescuer]

I laughed, smiled, cried and shared it with my family. Wonderful book for all.

—June Sullivan [dog rescuer]


—Meryl Alpert

The book is available in both E and P versions.

What makes a dog extraordinary?

I am convinced that every human being is born with a unique set of abilities. So is every dog.

Humans who excel at singing, swimming, painting, cooking, running, writing, inventing or telling jokes—if they possess enough drive—can probably find an appreciative audience and be rewarded.

In our human-dominated society, however, it’s not that way for dogs. There is just no way for an extremely talented pooch to enter athletic competitions or star in a TV show or movie (or be the subject of a book) without the help of a caring person.

Most creatures more advanced than an insect have the potential to excel—to become outstanding. But they require the support of human allies to reach their full potentials.

Humans must become and remain closely in-tune with their sub-human companions.

We must be observant, analytical, stimulating, supportive, educational and, most of all, loving.

If you do all of that, your dog will excel and thrive, and your love will be returned many times over.



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