Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by NAL Trade.
Imagine me saying this in a sing-song voice: “I looooove it!!!”
From the hilariously sweet foreword from Chelsea Handler‘s dog, Chunk, to the very last essay, this anthology put a smile on my face at every page turn. This book has twenty essays from twenty different writers/dog owners. TWENTY tales that will definitely warm your heart, brighten up your day, make you laugh out loud and say, “Yes, I do that too!”
I am a dog person and currently dogless so this made me want to get a four-legged best friend as soon as possible. I mean, how can you say no to adorable eyes looking straight at you, almost pleading to walk with you to a loving home? I get chills just thinking about it. The stories about adopting a dog were so touching and it is a helpful look at what happens AFTER an adoption. I particularly like “Dogs are the New Children” by Jen Lancaster. Because they are. Couples decide not to have children but they get dogs. Then the attention they would’ve showered on a child would be placed upon their pet. Alice Bradley’s “Menage a Dog” talks a bit about that too.
The essays about how their dogs helped them in their lives. The very touching “Walking My Dog Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death is a Nice Way to Start the Day” by Bob Smith had me in tears. As well as “The Little Rascal” by Beth Harbison. I just… love how the authors wrote about their dogs with so much love and appreciation. Another one of my favorites is “Are You A Rascal or a Ringo?” by Jeff Marx (I love Avenue Q). It shows how dogs are not just their owner’s friend, but can be to other dogs as well.
If I had to pick ONE favorite, it has to be “A Dog Day of Summer” by W. Bruce Cameron. HI-LAR-IOUS. If this is any indication, I cannot get my hands on his book A Dog’s Purpose. I loved it so much, I read it twice in a row. Then passed it to my mom and she was laughing out loud too. A close second would have to be “Scratching at My Door, Tail Between his Legs” by Caprice Crane. It has WIN written all over it. I mean, imagine an ex-boyfriend asking for visitation rights for your dog? WIN!
It would’ve been great to see photos of the dogs with their owners. You know, to put a face to the name. A lot of people know who Chunk Handler is but to see Cindy, Maisy, Boz, Rascal, Maeby, and Bridget would have been fantastic.
Recommendation: Dog lovers! Pet lovers! Hell, I want EVERYONE to sit down and read this while your pet is frolicking on the grass with his/her friends.
Get your copy here.