This anthology by the editors of the Bark, a hip, literate dog quarterly, defines the parameters of this genre with sensibility and force. Such writers as Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Mark Doty, Caroline Knapp, Thom Jones, Mark Derr, Rick Bass, Tom Junod and Erica Jong assure dog lovers that they aren't crazy or neurotic for having intense feelings for their dogs or for buying a separation anxiety CD for a terrier-beagle mix, as Charles Siebert does with not a little bemusement. Patricia B. McConnell, an animal behaviorist, says, "There's something much bigger and better than neediness that drives our love of dogs." For her, that something is silence: her dog Cool Hand Luke's nonverbal attentiveness teaches that "dogs keep us firmly rooted in the here and now." For others, like Stephen Kuusisto, freedom comes in the form of a seeing-eye dog named Corky, who proves her worthiness by steering the author through an obstacle course of doughnuts and pizza slices. The dogs written about here all have something to teach, whether it's about trust, bigotry, loving, mortality or spirituality: Lama Surya Das, echoing the playful title of the book, writes, "Scratch a dog and you'll find God." The high quality, humor (with a comic by Lynda Barry) and delight here leave the reader wanting more.
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Adult/High School-The editors of Berkeley's popular Bark magazine have compiled this appealing collection of essays and short stories exploring every aspect of the dog/owner relationship. Some of the selections are light and humorous, but most are serious attempts to explain the important role a dog plays in one's life. Well-known writers such as Rick Bass, Erica Jong, Alice Walker, and Ann Patchett are contributors and cartoonist Lynda Barry offers a sweet graphic story. Animal-loving teens will be delighted with this collection.-Penny Stevens, Andover College, Portland, ME
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I admit I am a dog nut, so I don't know if non-dog-nuts would love this book. I stumbled on it, and have really enjoyed the short, maninly all true accounts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Barr
Wonderful writing. But soooooo sad. I was glad to finish the last story because I was tired of weeping. All of us who have had beloved pets have been there.Published 13 months ago by barbara rondon
My husband and I bought this for another dog-loving friend, and he loves it. I read it long ago when I received it with my subscription to Bark Magazine, a terrific publication. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Deborah Morse
Loved every essay! Some are playing on your heart strings, so have some tissue ready. All dog-lovers should read this book.Published 19 months ago by Maria Ujvari
When I've looked at Dog Fancy magazine, I yawn. It's puerile, meant for the sub-100 IQ set. Not The Bark Magazine, let alone this best-of The Bark anthology. Buy it.Published 19 months ago by Marty Nemko
My husband is a pilot. I bought it for him, Our dog does go flying with us. He let othe friends read it. So it has brought a lot of enjoyment to all.Published on July 11, 2013 by Terry Kuhlmey
This is a very nice collection of differing relationships with dogs. Some are better written than others but all offer insights to how humans view their dogs and how they relate... Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by M. P. Wallace
Awesome escape from the everyday world of people! A great reminder of how love given freely and consistently is what we "Higher beings" should be striving for. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by JHale