Author, Melanie Sue Bowles with a few of her canine family members.
The Dogs of Proud Spirit is a testament to the undeniable truth that animals enrich our lives. They give us --- and teach us to give --- boundless joy and unconditional love
"A moving tribute to the rescuers and the rescued and the world they create together - a world rich with characters and adventures, love, hope and sanctuary."
- Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog
"When you read the writing of Melanie Sue Bowles you live the stories she tells. I've spent decades trying to lure folks into the heart and soul of our floppy-eared star Benji, and more recently into the heart and soul of a horse, but Melanie does it better than any writer I know. If you’ve ever loved an animal you will cherish The Dogs of Proud Spirit."
- Joe Camp, creator of canine superstar Benji and author of the best seller, The Soul of a Horse
"When you read The Dogs of Proud Spirit, there’s that comforting, homey feel of taking a seat on the old glider in the backyard, sipping ice cold lemonade and being treated to wonderful stories of what it means to truly appreciate animal companionship. The world is a better place for the likes of Melanie and Jim, and their passion for what they do so well can be found on every page."
- Dr. Nick Trout, author of the New York Times best-seller Tell Me Where It Hurts, and Love is the Best Medicine
"If you know her equine work - or her literary work - you already know that Melanie Sue Bowles is a patron saint of horse rescue. With this new book - a warm guided tour of the dozen canines adopted into Melanie’s home, and how they got there - we discover that this woman is also dogs’ best friend. An engaging, breezy read, but there’s nothing breezy about her compassion and kindness, which are so boundless that if I didn’t already know what Melanie looks like, I’d picture a giant heart tapping away at a keyboard."
- Duncan Strauss, host of the radio show Talking Animals
The Dogs of Proud Spirit
What does an unliklely pack of stray and homeless dogs have in common with a certain herd of downtrodden horses? They were all lucky enough to wind up in the loving arms of Melanie Sue Bowles and her husband, Jim, the founders of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary. Melanie introduced readers to this extraordinary place of healing in her debut book, The Horses of Proud Spirit, and in the inspiring sequel, Hoof Prints: More Stories from Proud Spirit. Now Melanie graces readers once again with more unforgettable true stories, this time about the numerous dogs who have found their way to the Bowles's gate and into their hearts.