When Nancy Balbirer learns her beloved eleven-year-old beagle has kidney failure, she’s devastated. She and her husband had gotten Ira as a puppy—a wedding gift to each other, and their first foray into “parenthood.” Now, her dog is terminal, her marriage is on life support, and Nancy is desperate to save them both (whether they want it or not). In a single year, she loses her two best friends, but Nancy’s life is about to take yet another unexpected turn. With humor and heart, Nancy Balbirer shares her story of relationships, loss, and canine friendship in this illuminating memoir about the lengths people will go to keep love alive…and the power of finally letting go. All featured author books will be available for sale at all book festival events in collaboration with Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Meet and support the Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence by bringing a contribution such as Blue Buffalo Dog Treats, Zuke’s Mini Natural Dog Treats, Kong Genius Mike or Gift Cards.