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Good Dog. Stay. Hardcover – November 20, 2007
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There isn't any whining here. She makes you laugh as she recalls the pup who spent so many happy days and when he grew old could still get excited about the scent of pork roast in the oven.
When it was his time to go they said goodbye with dignity. The many photos of dogs enhance this pithy homage to a wonderful dog.
Quindlen is not adequately appreciated for her sense of humor. She is one of our leading literary stylists. This book will be treasured by many dog lovers.
This slim hardback, which includes charming photos of dozens of dogs, tells the story of Quindlen's black Labrador, Beau, about his life and death. It's a love story to dogs in general, and Beau in particular. Anyone who knows dogs will see truth in every paragraph, from the absurdity of praising basic bodily functions during housetraining to the ever-present wagging tail. She captures the essence of what a dog is. "When you say "Sit!" a cat rises and stalks out of the room. Most dogs will fall back on their haunches, vibrating slightly, their liquid eyes locked on yours."
The book traces the Quindlen children growing up as Beau grows older. In the end the grown kids make the final decision that it was cruel to keep their ailing pal alive. When the vet makes the final house call. Ms Quindlen has her arms around Beau's neck, whispering in his ear. "Yes, yes, you are the man," I murmured, "you are the best dog, yes, everything's going to be all right."
It took me a half hour to read, and my shirt is still damp from crying. I hugged my chocolate Lab and wrote this review. This is a great book.
Another good book of philosophy is Understanding: Train of Thought.
There is a wonderful passage in the book that I wish every parent would read. Of course as a dog lover, I am biased.
"Sometimes people tell me that their children are begging for a puppy, and that they won't be fooled into going along because they know, they know that the kids say they will train the dog, walk the dog, feed and brush and tend the dog, but they won't. Well, of course they won't. Any parents who believe that they themselves will not wind up walking the dog most, if not all, of the time-especially in a downpour or a sleet storm-are parents who will also believe that there is no homework over the winter break and that the cigarettes belonged to someone else. For children, the point of have a dog is something like the point of having a mother and father. Our job is not to do but to be, not to act but to exist. We are bedrock, scenery, landscape, to be often ignored and then clung to during difficult or frightening or, occasionally, happy times. My mom, my dad, my dog, my home, immutable, to leave and then to return to at will and leave again."
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This simple story of the impact of a particular dog on the life of one family demonstrates the warm and deeply-felt writing style all of Anna Quindlen's readers have come to... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ed on Maui
Always love "dog books" and especially interested in this one since I have a dearly loved elderly blind and deaf dog for whom a decision will need to be made soon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith E.
Author Anna Quindlen thinks and writes with my mindset. Her books are a joy to read and the word pictures she forms help the reader to be in the same room feeling the same... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Judy Helm Wright aka Auntie Artichoke
Good Dog. Stay. is a short book of sentimental reflections about the relationships between dogs and their human families and how families face the inevitable end-of-life decisions... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Book Club Mom
I loved this book and found it incredibly touching. A must read for all mans best friend owners who are forced to say goodbye. Read morePublished 11 months ago by selective reader
A eulogy for a beloved dog and a wise essay on life. I found some of the reviews that focused on the cost, the length, the number of photos (too many or not enough) appropriate dog... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
What a disappointment! Took me 20 minutes to read this essay! This item should be priced accordingly. I unfortunately paid $9.99.Published 13 months ago by Heather Hensley