Good Dog. Stay

Good Dog. Stay

Book - 2007
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067138
Branch Call Number: 636.752 Quindlen
Characteristics: 82 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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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.

The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating and the degree of grief may not be understood by some. Added by JCLHelenH.

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Oct 02, 2018

Short and sentimental.
As a pet parent, I was left feeling an attachment to Beau and applause for Quindlen who made the time to record her memories of her beloved Lab. Lesson learned - we should all do the same.

Oct 21, 2017

This is a very quick read--maybe a half hour or less. I think anyone who has ever loved a good dog (is there any other kind?) will relate to it. There are wonderful photos of dogs throughout the book.

Jun 29, 2015

This is a sweet story about a family and an old beloved dog. As a dog owner myself I can relate to losing a pet to old age
I have had five dogs in the past and only one died naturally.
I also enjoyed all the photos in the book.
It is a short book.

Jun 12, 2012

Agree with the other comments: this is an essay, not a book. Nevertheless, it is an excellent essay, most enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Jan 23, 2012

Short essay about dogs and what they bring to our lives, focussing on Quindlen's family including her beloved dog Beau. Poignant and lovely.

Oct 11, 2011

Sweet , Anna - also, as realistic ,and purposeful as anything you've written

Dec 07, 2008

I liked this book except for the fact that it cost $22 and took me 18 minutes to read. Even if it was excellent, that is a rip off. It is actually more like an essay and probably was only made into a book because of the success of "Marley and Me".


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