Science, not Violence: LIFE ON THE LEASH

Life On The Leash

Author Victoria Schade
Narrated by Em Eldridge
Publication date Sep 18, 2018
Publisher Tantor Media
Running time 9 hrs 23 min


I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it.

But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he’s always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too.

As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs.

Charming, witty, and warm-hearted, Life on the Leash inspires you to cheer for every underdog looking for love.


My Take Oblong Shaped

This is written by a well-respected dog trainer, so that could be what makes Cora so believable in her love and understanding of dogs.  The dogs themselves are really believable to0o.  And, well, if the bad owners are like the people whose dogs she trained then I shudder.

I had one little issue with her slightly disparaging The Junior League, an organization to which I belonged and which does a lot of good,  She only says she feels as if she was being interviewed for the Junior League. Still, it hit a personal spot and it is not based in contemporary truth.

I liked everything else – Cora is a fun character. There’s a little Emma in her: that being into the wrong guy, and taking the right one for granted.   Cora does have to step out of her comfort zone,. and she depends on one guy a little too much – although I thought his reaction was over the top. Cora is applying for a new job — one that may give her the chance to do a lot of good and counter the bad another trainer does. She has some great qualities for the new job but it will take her out of her usual milieu. It also means a jump in confidence will be needed.

I also like the narrator: she does a great job on voicing of men and women. But with Cora, in particular, she gets the angsty, youthful, wanting, hopeful, sometimes not so confident character perfectly. 

This post is a little short because  I am sick with a cold, but I can tell you this was a book I enjoyed.  There are some sad stories about pups and one or two less than realistic moments, but for the most part it’s funny and sweet and perfect for any dog lover.


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