Library Thing and the author sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can find a copy at your local bookstore.
Brian begins his story with the tale of a well-loved dog. He acquires it during his first marriage and when the marriage dies, he still has the dog. Dogs are good friends, love us unconditionally and enjoy life in general. Even when the world as you know it ends, they're still at your side and on your side. However, dogs don't have a long life. When his dog got cancer and he had to usher him out of this world, I cried. Animals do that to me.
I found it interesting that Brian met his second wife through the dog. She was the vet he used. It took a bit of back and forth and then they became a couple. She had two girls; he had to adjust to a life with children. He also had to adjust to being married again. He thought he was doing OK until a school project at their Dad's means an egg has hatched and they have a chick. It's fine at Dad's. Unfortunately, it came home with the kids...
Who wants a pet chicken? That question got even more important when it turned out to be a rooster and began waking him each morning bright and early. It doesn't take too long for him to realize that either he accepts the rooster or he might be the one that has to leave.
This reads like a novel even though it's a memoir. The rooster tortures him, the family loves the rooster, and Brian just has to try to survive. In time, even he grows a bit fond of the rooster. And he learns some important family lessons from him.
Mr. McGrory writes a smooth flowing story that sounds just like you're living it. This is well worth a read; I enjoyed it. Why not visit a couple of great animals yourself?