The Old Man and his Dog – a surreal journey by Carl ToersBijns

This book is no ordinary book about two old grumpy men and a dog. In reading the book, you will soon realize that there are only two main characters that matter and the dog is center stage. The old man, his dog, and his friend are individuals who chose to take their lives on the…

This book is no ordinary book about two old grumpy men and a dog. In reading the book, you will soon realize that there are only two main characters that matter and the dog is center stage. The old man, his dog, and his friend are individuals who chose to take their lives on the run and live out of their cars. George is a cancer survivor and proud owner and handler of his faithful friend Hawkeye, a large German Shepard who serves him devotedly as a service dog and companion animal. The value that Hawkeye added to George’s life was immense and needs to be recognized as there are thousands of dogs doing the same thing every day that Hawkeye did to keep his owner safe and be given the opportunities to cope better with his disabilities.
George knew this concept years before it became common practice. 14 years earlier to be exact. George and Hawkeye are homeless creatures. In fact, the entire subject is open for criticism and discussion whether or not homeless people deserve a better social status in life and society than they are currently given. A fact remains they are citizens who have all the rights and freedoms other people have. Some are taking it for granted that they are second-class citizens but the fact remains, they are part of our communities and deserve respect and dignity we all desire in our life.
However, this book is not about war, homeless or anything political. It’s about healing after experiencing a traumatic episode in your life. What this book describes is based on facts and not gossip or myths. It’s real life on the street and the problematic issues dealt with day and night. How the dog fits into the story is amazing. The dog is the centerpiece of all the sanity and reality covered in the book.
If you are an owner of a lovable faithful and loyal pet, you know what the book is talking about. Refreshingly honest and accurate in their trials and tribulations as partners especially George as Hawkeyes closest friend.
Veterans who suffered from traumatic episodes in a war or post-war incidents need to be helped in many ways. Suicide rates are way too high for our veterans and we need to support them better. Hawkeye was a gift from heaven. He joined George when he needed companionship and love from someone – even if he was just a dog.
Towards the end of Hawkeye’s lifespan, George met this friend who had experienced just about everything the same as him and found their compatibility status astonishing if not remarkable. Who would have thought that this partnership would grow so deep as if their personalities had meshed together to make one character or trait?
The mystery is at the end of the book where most things are explained as to why the two were so compatible and suitable for each other. A deeper look into the psyche of veterans and others who deal with everyday life. Coping mechanisms and methods of making better decisions are at the forefront of their daily living.
Don’t underestimate the answer. You will be surprised how veterans and other traumatic victims deal with their lives where nothing comes easy and every decision could be life or death, happiness or sorrow. That’s how it is in the real world but that’s the catch, what is the real world? Can traumatic experiences fool you into confusing you what is real and what is imaginary? Stay tuned. Buy the book and read another perspective of this old man’s life and his dog.
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