Bruce Goldstein received a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1992. He works in advertising and lives in Manhattan with his wife and his furry roommate, Ozzy.
"From the opening sentence...to the last...readers will appreciate how one seemingly insignificant four-legged creature made a life-altering difference to a young, suicidally depressed man. Four paws up...Joining the recent wave of memoirs about dogs and their owners, Goldstein's book differs in that it focuses on the ability of canines to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress. In that respect, it is similar to Mark Doty's "Dog Years"."
"My Pet World with Steve Dale," nationally syndicated column
"The book is filled with stuff any dog owner can identify with...Quite funny and always honest."
""An uplifting romance that will inspire anyone who's suffered from depression and remind women everywhere why they started loving men in the first place--because deep down, they're pussycats.""
"In this man-boy-meets-dog memoir, first time author Goldstein hits a number of satisfying notes relating his story of heartbreak, mental illness and redemption in the big city Goldstein s chronicle is funny and absorbing, and should have dog lovers nodding along in happy recognition."
"Colorado Springs Independent
"The pace of Goldstein's words alone will suck you in to his story. His descriptions are so vivid you'll feel as if you've taken up residence in his brain, riding the raging storm within him. Your heart will race with his, and your breathing will slow when he is calm. Perhaps most importantly, you'll come to love Ozzy (his "furry antidepressant") as much as Goldstein does."
""It's more than just a story about mental illness. The book chronicles the way that raising a dog changes your life for the better.""
""Bookreviews.com" May "Pick of the Month"
"It is a chronicle of falling in love and experiencing all the joys of man's best friend...A wonderful true story."
""Takes us into
"Takes us into the world of author Bruce Goldstein's manic depression, just as Sylvia Nasar's "A Beautiful Mind" explored the horrors of schizophrenia...Pet owners will certainly relate to Goldstein's having to rearrange his life around Ozzy...Goldstein's prose flows effortlessly...The book's message is life-affirming and life-altering."--"Paw Print" "An inspirational true story on the therapeutic benefits a pet can provide."--"OK!" 6/2/08 "For the grown-up Lassie lover...Warning: Get this only if you're ready to adopt--you may head to the shelter after the last page."--"Shape" July Issue
"Surprisingly uplifting...A tale most dog owners can relate to."--"Modern Dog," Fall 2008