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Bad Dog: 278 Outspoken, Indecent, and Overdressed Dogs Paperback – September 1, 2005
"Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It"
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Trixie, the puppy eating her own foot, who says: “If you’re wondering, it tastes like chicken.” Or the aging Sam, eyes popping out of his head and granny glasses askew: “Sweet mother of mercy—the Viagra’s working!” Or Tasia, a big mutt forced to wear little Santa hats, who snarls: “ I’d like to roast your chestnuts on an open fire.” There’s Dallas the surly yoga instructor. The old letch Samson, half-mastiff and half-slobber. Barley of the Order of the Vested Shih Tzus. Devil-worshipping Penny. Friend of sailors Miz Skeeter Bug. And Charlie, whose words should be heeded by every owner who thinks it’s cute to dress up the family pet: “Listen to me! I am not a bird. I am not a plane. I’m just your dog, Charlie.” In the same format as Bad Cat, with 244 truly funny photographs (including a number of group portraits), plus name, age, hobby, and candid quote. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Man's best friend? Think again. Behind those loving eyes and wagging tail lurks a very different dog. A dog with an edge. A dog with a dark side. A bad dog. Here, in all their glory, are hundreds of bad dogs, with bad tempers and bad breath.
Smart-asses, stoners, thugs, cranks, lechers, hellions—makes you wonder what your pet's really burying in the backyard.
More About the Author
I started by writing poetry as a teenager. At Harvard, where I studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, I won the American Academy of Poets Prize at Harvard in 1971. Ironically, by then I had already renounced poetry for prose. I suppose that, if anything distinguishes me as a writer, it's the variety of books I've published, from intellectual journalism to Edgar Award-winning mystery novels to bestselling humor books to narrative nonfiction about genocide. This may not be the shortest route to a coherent public identity, but, since my 20s, my different selves--from brooding introvert to arch extrovert--have wanted to express themselves, chiefly in books. Whatever day jobs I've held in other media, I've always returned to writing books. I've never really wanted to be anything other than a writer, except an electric guitarist and a nightclub singer--career paths blocked by my lack of musical talent and my painfully mediocre, though enthusiastic, singing voice.
My latest book is Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors, which was born of a chance meeting with Sophie Turner-Zaretsky and the inchoate feeling that, as a privileged Jewish product of one of the safest places in the world to be a Jew, I finally needed to confront the genocide of my own people.
Top Customer Reviews
I was glad to see BAD DOG, being a dog lover, but I wish it had been as funny as BAD CAT. I can see where some parents wouldn't want their kids to read this book. Still, there are some funny photos and pages, so it's worth a peek for the adults or older kids.
This latter used the natural expressions of felines and some candid photography to really make a witty little coffee table and gift book. "Bad Dog" tries to do the same but ultimately fails. It fails because it relies mainly on staged photos of dogs in silly costumes instead of on the natural expressiveness of canine faces and the wide varitey of breeds, not to mention the interesting places dogs end up.
Yes, there are some cute costumes and some witty captions here, but on the whole, the book is only mildly amusing. I am afraid that I cannot recommend "Bad Dog" as a gift or even for one's own light perusal. If there comes a third volume in this series, we can hope it will be titled "Bad Editor!"
With 244 pages of dogs in various stages of "dress" or doing things that your dog did and you always wished you had taken a picture, but didn't, dog owners will relate. I know I did, did you just hear me say, "Bo, no, bad dog, stop that!"
The authors have written funny captions for each picture and below is the dog's name, age and "hobby.
It could be the dog on page 147, a cute bischon dressed in a neck bandana and huge red sunglasses. Lara Bar is 3 and her hobby is President of Welcome Wagon. Lara's quote is "This community started to go downhill as soon as they allowed cats in."
Personally I've never been into "pet dressing" -- except for a sweater on a cold Minnesota walk, but enjoyed the creative words and dog staging. A dressed-as-a-clown terrier says it for me: "I'm getting too old for this _ _ _ _."
Armchair Interviews says this is a cute gift book for any adult dog lover.
I recommend that parents check it out to see if any of the "bath-room humor" is too offensive for their children.
My children are all grown, so I bought it for myself ... I enjoy a good laugh, and the doggie photos made me laugh out loud.
I will actually be gifting 8 or so copies of this item to a few dog-owning friends and family members who are dog-lovers and have a good sense of humor. I will not be giving it to children or anyone else who may find the material objectionable. But it says in the title "Outspoken, Indecent, and Overdressed" so I think it is pretty obvious that there may be some crude jokes and costuming....but they are funny captions that many of my friends and family will enjoy. (one aunt in particular, I know will laugh herself right out of her chair and probably rip pages out for her refrigerator!!!) But we are not a super-uptight family. The costuming on the dogs is quite funny too...I'm also going to get an extra copy for myself that I can rip apart for my favorite pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little book!!!! Recognized a bit of all my dogs in here at one time or another. Still read it again now and then...Published 16 months ago by carole j scharf
Great book, lot's of laughs. You must love dogs!! We have the calendars too. Great stress relief. My teenager enjoyed it too.Published 23 months ago by Kim
I, and the people I bought this book for, all have dogs as pets. It is a very entertaining, funny book.Published 23 months ago by Juliet Heniford
Store this one in your medicine cabinet for those times when you need a quick chuckle.
My only complaint would be that it's just too short for the amount of money charged. Read more
What a funny book!! I was laughing so hard I was crying as I flipped through the pics and captions. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by SUSAN STCLAIR
This book is funny. I love it. Cracks me up. I have my own copy.
We bought another copy as a gift for my cousin who is studying to be a vet. Read more
This book was okay, just not as funny as the "Bad Cat" book. There were some mildly humorous captions and pictures, oh, and hobbies. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Steph, Illinois
I had purchased bad cat years ago and just found out they had this book too and it does not disappoint!Published on April 27, 2013 by cyndi