BUDDY: HOW A ROOSTER MADE ME A FAMILY MAN by Brian McGrory
After several dark and disturbing books, it was time to read something a bit more uplifting. I found it in Buddy!
Brian McGrory, a second cousin of columnist Mary McGrory, was a confirmed bachelor and a well-known journalist for the Boston Globe. He spent many years enjoying the streets of Boston with his golden retriever, Harry, but Harry became ill and eventually passed away. Brian began a friendship and then a relationship with Pam, his beloved dog's vet. But Pam came with a ready made family: two daughters, and multiple pets that included a cantankerous rooster named Buddy, and Brian's life changed drastically when Brian and Pam fell in love, and Brian left his much loved Boston home for a home in suburbia.
Buddy adores Pam and her daughters but sees Brian as an interloping intrusion, and does everything he can to rid the house of Brian. Brian comes to understand the special love that the rooster has for Pam and her girls, and realizes what a role model the rooster is. Buddy becomes Brian's inspiration for his unconditional love for his new family in this funny, warm and heartwarming story.