“A gorgeous meditation on unconditional love.”

—Inga Glodowski, The Moth

When Anne, a survivor of parental abuse who sufferers from severe depression, unwittingly rescues a dog with serious aggression issues, she finds herself unable to give up on him. Milo is dangerous, and Anne would never do anything to endanger her sons – but she also believes that everyone deserves a second chance. Learn More

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Praise for Mattie, Milo, and Me

Mattie, Milo, and Me a memoir by Anne Abel began as a winning story told on April 1, 2019 at a Moth StorySLAM in New York City. The theme for the evening was Bamboozled. In her five-minute story, Anne and her dog Milo captured the hearts of the audience. In fact, it was such a hit that she wrote this memoir to answer the many questions posed by people who wanted to know more.  Ultimately, Anne wove her compelling SLAM story into a gorgeous meditation on unconditional love. This is one of those books you won’t want to put down, but also one you won’t want to finish.“

Inga Glodowski, The Moth

“Anne Abel’s memoir Mattie, Milo, and Me is a beautifully written testament to the journey of dog ownership. This memoir takes you on an emotional ride that anyone who has loved a pet can surely identify with. You’ll laugh, cry, and want to hug your dog by the end. A must-read!”

Gary and Allie Vider, owners of Metro Pets NYC

“Not every book a person reads is worth time and energy. Mattie, Milo, and Me a memoir, by Anne Abel, is a rare combination: an absorbing, well-told tale that also leaves the reader changed in an unexpected and positive way. This is not just a book about an aggressive and abandoned rescue dog and the woman who courageously rescued him. This is also a book about love and hope; despair and depression. It is an entertaining and absorbing story on one level, and on another level, a deep dive into love and loss, hope and redemption, and what gives life meaning.”

Jeanne Gemmill Griffin, PhD

Mattie, Milo, and Me by Anne Abel is a touching story that made me smile with joy. Yet the heartbreak around loss touched my heart as well. The joy, the comfort that Anne experienced with Mattie and then with Milo filled the pages. The joy of loving and the pain of losing them was heartfelt. The mutual love that the Abel family experienced with each other was real, honest, and unconditional, even as Anne dealt with her mother’s inability to express the human connection of a mother’s love. This story shows us how love and sorrow are so intertwined.”

Sister Kathy McShane, Sister of Saint Joseph

“I love Anne Abel’s memoir, Mattie, Milo, and Me. It had me laughing out loud. Yet, it so touching that it had me in tears, too. This book is brilliant. Anne’s resilience with Milo is admirable and inspirational. And her joys and struggles, relatable. I learned a lot. I highly recommend.”

Natalie Aronow, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Mattie, Milo, and Me is a tender story with opposite emotional strings. One is: love denied by emotionally abusive parents, the other is: love received from a very caring husband and beloved sons. Through steadfast determination and a loving heart, the writer’s lifelong quest to be a good mother is realized in both the human and animal realms. Most of all it spins a loving tale of how dogs bring true joy, healing, and comfort to us. Mattie, Milo, and Anne were true gifts to each other.”

Sister Marian Behrle, Sisters of Saint Joseph

“… a certain kind of pet lover, looking for a comforting reminder of the powerful bond that can occur between animals and humans, may finish this book teary-eyed.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Mattie, Milo and Me is a warm memoir about a woman’s connection to—and transformation because of—her dog.”

Foreword Reviews

“Abel debuts with a heart-warming memoir spotlighting the intense bond between dogs and their owners. . . . Animal lovers will relish the central role that Abel’s pets play in her wellbeing throughout the narrative.”


“A moving and fearless exploration of resilience, atonement, and the healing power of the link between people and their furry companions. Abel’s writing is both introspective and heart-wrenchingly honest.”

The Book Revue

Coming in 2025

My next memoir tells the story of how my decision at the age of 61 to travel to Australia alone to follow Bruce Springsteen instead of checking myself into an inpatient psychiatric hospital for a third time, changed my life in unexpected ways. This memoir also began as a winning story at a Moth StorySLAM.