Travels With Charlize

Travels With CharlizeAfter losing his wife of almost fifty-three years to cancer, David Gross adopts Charlize, a German Shepherd rescue dog, buys a camping trailer, and the two begin their travels.  They explore the West, visiting parks and vistas, rain forests and deserts, family, old friends and new. Accidents, adventures, sadness, joy, problems, and peace populate their journey of discovery.  Ever patient and sensitive to her companion’s feelings, Charlize remains close, attentive, and comforting, especially when needed most.  And at every stop, she greets strangers with a loving heart and wagging tail, showing the way to embrace life.  In Travels with Charlize: In Search of Living Alone, David Gross tells a gentle and open story of recovery.  He knows he must go forward after his wife’s death and face a new future, but that road carries rough spots. Memories spring up to hold him back.  Revisiting friends reminds him of who no longer accompanies him.  And home, to which he must return, still stores a profusion of painful memories.  But Charlize’s presence keeps Gross steady and willing to see a brighter tomorrow around the bend.  In the end, that light shines strong for both.

David R. Gross practiced veterinary medicine for ten years, and after earning his PhD in cardiovascular physiology, he taught and did research in that field for more than thirty years. Retired, he now lives in Edmonds, Washington, where he writes and is active in social-action causes.

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4 thoughts on “Travels With Charlize

  1. Amber

    I’m loving Travels with Charlize (I’m about halfway throufh it). I appreciate it in two ways– the travelogue is as enjoyable and wry as Steinbeck (Travels with Charley) and, secondly, it’s a moving portrait of grief with beauty, depth, and honesty–a travelogue of sorts in a different way.
    Thank you, Dr. Gross.

  2. wesley crume

    I loved Animals Don’t Blush and then I read Travels with Charlize….hated both books to end….! I have had numerous GSD’s also, and love them, Your books made tears flow….I told everyone that it was my allergies acting up…..! I’m so glad you met Alexis and her two dogs also.Thank you Sir…..for the books and for your service to animals.

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