By Caroline Knapp
On the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, writer of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking:A Love Story, came across herself faced with a huge activity: redefining her world. She had confronted the lack of either her mom and dad, given up a twenty-year courting with alcohol, and, as she writes, "I was once wandering round in a haze of uncertainty, blinking up on the greatest questions: Who am I with no mom and dad and with out alcohol? the best way to shape attachments, and the place to discover convenience, within the face of such daunting vulnerability?" An solution materialized within the impossible shape: that of a dog. Eighteen months to the day after she surrender ingesting, Knapp stumbled upon an eight-week-old dog at a neighborhood animal guard, took her domestic, and named her Lucille. Now years previous, Lucille has turn into a significant strength in Knapp's existence: "In her," she writes, "I have chanced on solace, pleasure, a bridge to the world."
Caroline Knapp has been celebrated as a lot for her clean perception into emotional and mental matters as she has been for her presents as a writer. In Pack of Two, she brings an identical conception and skill to endure at the wealthy, complex terrain of human-animal relationships. In addition to mining her personal event with Lucille, Knapp speaks to a large choice of puppy people--from animal behaviorists and psychologists to different proprietors whose canines have deeply affected their lives--about this emotionally advanced, occasionally daunting, usually profoundly therapeutic alliance. Throughout, she explores the shift in dogs roles from operating companions to intimate partners and appears, too, at how this new kinship, this wordless bond, turns into a template for what we so much wish ourselves.