Marika Meeks, Elizabeth Ridley,
August 27, 2019
GET READY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ONE INCREDIBLE DOG … Marika Meeks fell in love with Stella the moment she saw her. The adorable pit bull puppy had been abandoned in a cold field in winter—but her warm, friendly eyes and boundless affection could melt anyone’s heart. Even so, Marika wasn’t sure she was ready to adopt a dog. As a busy entrepreneur, wife, and mother of two daughters, Marika’s life was crazy already. She was recovering from stage-three breast cancer, and her family was still reeling from her brush with mortality. But Marika couldn’t deny the way Stella made her feel—the pure joy of this sweet-natured dog’s unconditional love—and she knew in her heart what her family needed … In a leap of faith, the Meekses welcomed Stella into their home, and thanks to this incredible dog, the daily pressures of work, stress, and Marika’s health problems seemed to slip away. As Marika’s cancer receded and her family found renewed vitality, she began sharing Stella’s story with the world. Now an international social media star, Stella helps Marika to spread their heartfelt message of advocating for pit bull breed awareness, explaining the benefits of pet ownership, and supporting shelters and other organizations that save animals’ lives. If you’ve ever experienced the joy that only an animal can bring—or felt the healing power of a pet’s unconditional love—you’re going to adore Incredibull Stella.
Incredibull Stella, by Marika Meeks and Elizabeth Ridley is a great book. It is well-written, and a testament to Meeks in her successful fight against cancer, and to the love she and Stella, the pit bull, obviously share. I admire Meeks and her dedication to fostering and helping re-home pit bulls and I think it’s wonderful that Stella helped not only the author, but the author’s younger daughter. The book is full of love and hope and courage and should be a best seller.
I did not enjoy it. The first part of the book, before Stella joins the family, is so intense and personal that I felt uncomfortable reading it. I was a stranger and had no right to know so much about another stranger. We’d barely been introduced and I’m being told too much too soon.
Stella’s arrival on the scene is a bit anti-climactic. I understand completely what Stella brought to Meeks and to her family, but Stella is no more “incredible” than any dog. She does what dogs do, no matter what the breed. She offers comfort and love and asks for nothing in return.
I’m glad Meeks beat cancer and I’m thrilled that Stella gave her a goal to help other pit bulls find forever homes. I love happy endings, I just didn’t love the book.
Susan M. Ewing
Past president, Cat Writers’ Association
Past secretary, Dog Writers Association of America
Award-winning author, 14 animal books
“Cats! Train Your Owner” (Flash Cards)
Numerous magazine articles