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A Dog Lover's Delight!

  • Aug 16, 2009
If you are a Dean Koontz fan, you already know that he is a master at writing. If you are looking for one of his weird and twisted stories, this is not the book for you.

However, Mr. Koontz has written a beautiful memoir of life with his dog. The book is not so much about his dog, Trixie, as it is the journey that he and his wife take while blessed with her in their lives. If you have ever had a pet that gets deep in your heart, you'll understand that the journey and lessons were his to learn and the dog's to teach.

Whereas "Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog" is a dog story filled with love, mischievous behavior and antics, "a big little life" is a story filled with love and spirituality. Marley is a rebel, Trixie is an angel.

The things I found most interesting while reading this book are the snapshots of Mr. Koontz life that he has kept so private over the years. While writing about the life of his dog, he inevitably includes stories about himself that give us a great view into his personal life, his thoughts, his writing practices and more. And I must say, like many writers, he's a bit quirky!

"a big little life" includes no great suspense-filled moments. There are no plot twists. There are no superhuman characters. There is just Trixie and the unconditional love between a special dog and her human companions.

A well written story from the perspective of a dog lover for life.

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"In each little life we can see great truth and beauty, and in each little life we glimpse the way of all things in the universe."

DEAN KOONTZ thought he had everything he needed. A successful novelist with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit, Dean had forged a career out of industry and imagination. He had been married to his high school sweetheart, Gerda, since the age of twenty, and together they had made a happy life for themselves in their Southern California home. It was the picture of peace and contentment. Then along came Trixie.

Dean had always wanted a dog--had even written several books in which dogs were featured. But not until Trixie was he truly open to the change that such a beautiful creature could bring about in him. Trixie had intelligence, a lack of vanity, and an uncanny knack for living in the present. And because she was joyful and direct as all dogs are, she put her heart into everything--from chasing tennis balls, to playing practical jokes, to protecting those she loved.

A retired service dog with Canine Companions for Independence, Trixie became an assistance dog of another kind. She taught Dean to trust his instincts, persuaded him to cut down to a fifty-hour work week, and, perhaps most important, renewed in him a sense of wonder that will remain with him for the rest of his life. She mended him in many ways.

Trixie weighed only sixty-something pounds, Dean occasionally called her Short Stuff, and she lived less than twelve ...

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ISBN-10: 1401323529
ISBN-13: 978-1401323523
Author: Dean Koontz
Publisher: Hyperion

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