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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; First Edition edition (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John O’Hurley is the host of NBC’s The National Dog Show. He is well-known for his award-winning role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, and as the ultimate champion of Dancing with the Stars.

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If you are a dog lover you will enjoy this book!
Luann
I love John O'Hurley and his book was very funny, informative and enjoyable.
Shari L. Mcaneney
I haven't read a book that was so much fun to read in a long time.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By gotta_hava_dog on November 14, 2006
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Having learned many life lessons from dogs myself, I naturally loved this book. Mr. O'Hurley's writing is a delight; full of fun and poignancy, as well. It's as open and honest as any dog you'll ever meet. Dogs have that effect on people. He writes, "On occasion, I have helped to heal them, and more often, they have helped to heal me." So do my dogs everyday. Being the sole caregiver for my elderly mother, my dogs keep me sane and focused. Without them, I could not do what I'm doing. Mr. O'Hurley is a true dog-person who writes from experience. This book makes my heart happy.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on November 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Whether you know him as J. Peterman from Seinfeld or for being crowned champion on Dancing with the Stars, John O'Hurley is a constant presence on the small screen. What you don't see off-camera are the furry faces that round out his life.

Since childhood, O'Hurley has been an avid dog lover. Looking back on the canine friends he's had through the years, he has learned valuable lessons that he shares in his new book, IT'S OKAY TO MISS THE BED ON THE FIRST JUMP: AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM DOGS. Combining gentle wit with obvious affection for "man's [and woman's] best friend," O'Hurley illustrates surprisingly simple attitudes that humans would do well to emulate.

Each chapter is dedicated to a lesson. Some chapter names are; "Precious Gifts Come in Small Packages," "When a Dog Barks--Listen," "Own Your Own Fur," and so on. While each "lesson" may be apparent from its title, O'Hurley provides examples from both his life and the life of a dog (or three) he has known.

Sometime we, as humans, forget about the simplest, truest aspects of life. We get worked up over things that dogs know don't matter. There are eleven lessons in this book. If you glean even a little from it, maybe you'll be a bit happier. And: "If you're happy and you know it, wag your tail!"

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

11/12/2006

4˝-BOOKS on WUAT = 5-Stars on Amazon
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Thomas Senese - Author. on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one book I think we all need to read: simple, humerous, and pretty much right on the mark with many views O'Hurley shares with his reader about some general, but important aspects of living. And O'Hurley is right when he points out that we can learn a great deal from dogs and their behaviour. Oh, I wish life was that simple, but nevertheless, he's right about:

We should view time and moments as special: Dogs view life in 15 Minute periods, and so small moments in a day can be seen as New Day;

'Sleep is a weapon' - stated repeatedly by Robert Ludlum in many of his novels: acted upon by dogs, who never miss a nap;

Life is filled with so much opportunity, and love, when openly willing to share it, is easier to obtain than you think. Dogs have it right: when a person stops petting you, it time to look for affection someplace else.

I could go on about the many clever points John O'Hurley makes in 'It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs', but I have a much better suggestion: go out in pick this one up. When life becomes a bit more complex or you seem to lose your bearings for a moment . . . do what a dog would do. Outstanding. Wooff!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Helen C. Davidson on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Do not lend this book to anyone 'kuz you will not get it back!! It is an absolute treasure to be read over and over! And I defy anyone to keep a dry eye when reading pages 68 and 69!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Charles Wimer III on November 24, 2006
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John O'Hurley has done a masterful job in writing his first novel. This is a short beautifully written novel about the behavior patterns of dogs and how we humans can learn from our friends. Dogs appreciate the little things and O'Hurley conveys these thoughts in hopes that humans do the same. Whether its a friendly smile or taking a nap -- O'Hurley emphasizes the need to enjoy life and relax. It's Okay to Miss the Bed is great read for dog owners and would be a perfect holiday gift. His keen observations will have you laughing. Personally, I couldn't wait to get home and reunite with my two cocker spaniels (Lucky and Maggie). Warning: if you read this book on the train, be prepared for a little laugher because O'Hurleys sense of humor encourages such behavior. Great book and I certainly hope this isn't his last effort.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John A. Bertels on March 13, 2007
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Focusing on his current two dogs, Betty and Scoshi, John O'Hurley provides a candid, witty and insightful look at the different dogs in his life, past and present, and the traits/qualities they possessed which taught him many invaluable lessons.

As John takes us through each chapter, any person who has had dogs in his/her life can reflect on his words and knows that dogs CAN teach us a great deal about life:

*How to appreciate the simple things

*How to be persistent and not give up on goals

*To love unconditionally

*To give others an equal chance to love THEM unconditionally

*Not to fear most things (Ever see a Terrier pick a fight with a much bigger dog?? They're prime examples of being fearless creatures for their size)

Most of all, dogs are wonderful companions, chock full of personality and amusement -- in fact, more personality than some humans!!

John's style of writing in this book is intimate and personable. One critique I had, however, was that he sometimes digressed too much and the points he was illustrating were not always clear.

I rated this at 4.5 stars. Overall, this is a great little book of lessons for us humans.
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