Good Dog. Stay. (Hardcover)

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    ANNA QUINDLEN  is the author of five bestselling novels (Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue), and six nonfiction books (Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, How Reading Changed My Life). She has also written two children's books (The Tree That Came to Stay, Happily Ever After). Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.
    “The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau’s, and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him: to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure herself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise her nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, “I smell bacon!”

    Of the dog that once possessed a catcher’s mitt of a mouth, Quindlen reminisces, “there came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller. The eyes and ears may have gone, but the nose was eternal. And the tail. The tail still wagged, albeit at half-staff. When it stops, I thought more than once, then we’ll know.”

    Heartening and bittersweet, Good Dog. Stay. honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson on our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks.


    ISBN 9781400067138
    Genre PETS / Dogs / General
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 82
    Publisher Date 2007-11-06 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Quindlen, Anna
    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Good Dog Stay
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      The book was interesting and very good,being a dog story sad as well. Overall I enjoyed it.

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    • Grandma D
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      Heartwarming story! A great read!

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    • Food for Thought
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      Some readers might find this book a bit disappointing because it is a short read, and the dog photographs do not directly relate to the text. However, it is a touching and thought-provoking exploration of the author's attachment and love for a dog that was an integral part of her - and her family's - life, and the struggle with end-of-life issues nearly everyone has to face at some point in their own lives. Those readers who have had an abiding relationship with a pet will probably appreciate the book more than others, but it truly relates to us all...

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    • Love this lab story
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      I loved this book about a black lab and its life. I have two labs and could relate to the things that this lab did in its life. The book is well written and tells a good story. My only complaint is it is very short. I wish there had been a little more told about the dogs life while it was growing up. I could write at least 20 chapters on my 4 year old lab. Overall I liked the book I just wish it lasted a little longer.

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    • A very good title

      This book is more a short essay than a book. It is a very brief account of the life with a beloved dog. The dog is being put down, and the author is sharing the ordeal. The book has been padded with many pictures of dogs, most of whom are not THE dog in the book. I am glad I purchased the book at a discount, or I would feel ripped off. The narrative is easy to read and entertaining. It will take about 30 minutes to read.

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    • Good Dog, Stay
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      Easy to read, writing style as simple as casual conversation. None of the philosophical comparisons of the dog's life versus the human life alluded to in the book description.

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