“She was Dakota and is Dakota and there’s no end to that.”
I loved this book.
With its fierce, refreshing authenticity and none of the usual dog book cliches, Stay invites readers to witness a powerful canine love story that is both intensely personal and beautifully universal. Stay follows rescue dog Dakota from puppyhood through to her forever-life in the memories of readers who come to know her well, thanks to Rimmert’s tribute.
The author’s sometimes biting, always dry wit carries readers along her fifteen-year adventure with Dakota, a staunchly independent dog who’d eye-roll you if she could for excessive displays of affection. In that, Dakota and Rimmert make a perfect team, as Rimmert, too, colors outside societal lines, reminding us we are individuals, not the roles we’re expected to play. Both dog and dog-guardian wear their independence proudly, and yet their deep bond conceals an intensely loyal, soft interior. Here, the writer’s voice shines, balancing bravado, wise feminist insight, and honest human frailties to reminds us how to love not merely well, but long.
Yes, to be sure, Stay sometimes forces us to look at what we prefer to keep in our peripheral vision: that knowledge of how quickly our beloved canine helpmates move through our lives. And yet, in this powerful book, Rimmert shows us how to amplify time. Dakota’s story serves as a poignant reminder to cultivate joy in every moment of every day with our dogs.
Thus, Stay is a must-read for anyone who has ever experienced a profound connection with a dog. In all, the book’s blend of humor, wisdom, and heart is sure to leave a lasting impression on its readers. Truly, I couldn’t put it down and would highly recommend it to others.