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Good Dog. Stay.

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A book by Anna Quindlen

Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and novelist Quindlen has recently met with tremendous success in the realm of short nonfiction with an inspirational and motivational bent. Recounting the life and death of her beloved Labrador retriever, Beau, … see full wiki

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Author: Anna Quindlen
Publisher: Random House
1 review about Good Dog. Stay.

Tiny book. Big heart. Warm feelings.

  • Jun 20, 2010
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I read this book from start to finish at the beach yesterday (82 pages). It is a sweet, heartfelt memoir of the author's black Lab, Beau.

It is a quick read because it has a picture of a dog (all breeds) on every page. It looked to me more like a short story/essay that was plumped up to sell as a book because the author is Anna Quindlen or because the dog memoir is really big money these days (Marley & Me, etc.).

This one, in its basic framework, is similar to Marley & Me, with many fewer hijinx. Beau had his moments of getting in trouble, for sure, but nothing on the scale of Marley. One of my least favorite things about Marley & Me was that the author's ego came through so strongly that it nearly ruined the book for me...I didn't feel that at all in Quindlen's story. What came through was heart.

I recommend it, but suggest you get it at the library or borrow it from a friend (like I did) rather than paying a big book price for a short story fluffed up with pictures.

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June 25, 2010
Thanks for your comments, ladies!
 
June 25, 2010
Sounds like a sweet read! I'm sharing this on Twitter so that others can enjoy it too:)
 
June 20, 2010
Thanks for sharing! I'll check it out at some point. My black lab is amazing - sweet, loving, and a joy to be around. Dogs rule!
 
June 20, 2010
I'll check it out! One of my dogs is a black lab and "sweet and heartfelt" pretty much describes how I feel about her. I agree with you about Marley & Me -- although the thing that bothered me most was that Marley never got the training he needed and deserved. He was clearly a talented and bright guy who never got to explore his potential because the author insisted on treating him like a person and not a dog. Did you know that when these folks got their next dog, she wound up being a big hunter. They actually brought in Cesar Milan because she was killing their chickens and destroying their garden and all sorts of other things. It wasn't until then that they finally *got* that you have to spend time with a dog and train them! It's a neat episode to watch if you can find it. I'm always happy when I see people finally understand that dogs have their own unique world view and are capable of so much more than being furry human companion lumps. Their next dog turned out to be a really good search dog and more.
 
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