||Dean Koontz thought he had everything he needed. A novelist for nearly forty years, with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit , his career was thriving. He had been married to his high school sweetheart, Gerda, since the age of twenty, and together they had forged a happy life for themselves in their Southern California home. It was the picture of peace and contentment. Then along came Trixie. Dean had been researching his novel Midnight -- a book which includes a service dog named Moose -- when he came across Canine Companions for Independence. Never having had a pet, the last thing he was looking to do was adopt a dog ... but that's what happened a few years later when a beautiful golden retriever named Trixie was retired from CCI service because of an elbow injury -- and that put her in need of a home of her own. Once in Dean and Gerda's home, Trixie very quickly found a way into their hearts. A Big little life tells the story of unexpectedly falling in love with a dog in middle age. It details Trixie's life with Dean and Gerda, the tremendous impact she had on them, and the things she taught them along the way. A lively and joyful read, it presents Trixie in all her complicated glory -- her smarts, her lack of vanity, and her uncanny knack for living in the present. A powerful tribute to a beautiful friend, A Big little life will remind readers everywhere that the love of our canine best friends is a love that lasts more than a lifetime.