Monday, 20 October 2014

Review: Good Dog (Preview Edition): True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty

When Garden & Gun magazine debuted a column aptly named “Good Dog,” it quickly became one of the publication’s most popular features in print. Now, Editor-in-Chief David DiBennedetto (proud owner of a Boykin spaniel) and the editors of G&G have gathered the most memorable stories, as well as original pieces, in this collection of essays written by some of most notable dog owners in literature and journalism.

Good Dog offers memorable, beautifully written stories of dog ownership, companionship, friendship, and kinship. From the troublemakers who can’t be fenced in to the lifelong companions who won’t leave our sides, this poignant anthology showcases man’s best friend through all of his most endearing—and sometimes maddening—attributes. By turns inspirational and humorous (just like the dogs we love), Good Dog is a must-have collection for dog lovers everywhere.

Expected publication:  October 21st, 2014

Terri's Thoughts

** I received and advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is October 21st, 2014**

This is a great collection of stories for those of us who love dogs.  It features several different stories from several different writers about their experience with their family pet.  Although a lot of the stories feature hunting dogs (which makes sense considering who published it) the theme that is prevalent throughout is the love for their pet.

What I enjoyed is the fact that regardless of how good or how "bad" the pet was that there was an underlying affection no matter what.  Those who are not dog lovers or never had a dog would never understand.  We love everything about our pet regardless of what bad habits they may have.  A dog gives so much more than we can ever give back and that make sus accepting of the fact that perhaps they may chew up our favorite very expensive shoes.

I won't go in to detail on this story other than to recommend it for those dog people out there.  The fact that it is numerous short stories allows the reader to either read it all in one sitting or read a little bit at a time.  I will say that my adorable Golden Retriever got a few extra cuddles while reading this book.

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