In her memoir Dog Medicine, Barton beautifully and accurately describes the dark depths of depression, from the relentless melancholy to the questioning of the importance of one's life; and expertly addresses themes of abuse, self-doubt, and family, touching on many aspects that add complexity to one's mental health. However, readers can feel a shift in her writing upon meeting Bunker, illustrating just how powerful and life-saving a connection between animal and human can be. With Bunker at her side, Barton is able to find herself and move forward; a true story of hope and resilience that encourages self-acceptance and forgiveness.
Dog lovers, those who have struggled with depression
At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.
Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. Psychiatrists, therapists, and family tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker.
Dog Medicine captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds (goodreads.com).