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The Dog Who Came to Stay: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Hal Borland
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Book Description

During a fierce snowstorm, an abandoned and hungry animal howls at the back door of nature writer Hal Borland’s farmhouse, announcing the beginning of a transformational friendship
 
Hal Borland and his wife Barbara have recently moved onto a hundred-acre farm in northwest Connecticut, where both hope to write and live in harmony with nature. From his New England home, Borland travels the country searching for material for his New York Times “outdoor editorials”—but soon nature comes searching for him, in the form of a miserable, half-starved, deeply trusting, black-and-white foxhound mutt that wanders onto the farm during a blizzard. The dog, Pat, becomes a member of the family and teaches Borland that, often, our most immediate connection to the natural world is through the animals we live with.



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“It is not a mere book to read. It is one to participate in, to experience, to feel. Recommended as much more than a superior dog book!” —Library Journal
 
“A book for those who know the companionship of an honest dog, and for those who must realize the blessing of such an experience vicariously.” —The Christian Science Monitor
 

From the Back Cover

The rib-thin, black-and-white rabbit hound turned up at Hal Borlands' Connecticut farm one Christmas night in the middle of a nasty winter storm. Pat, as the dog came to be known, and his raffish traveling companion, a young pup, "were even more unwelcome than the weather," but after a few preliminaries, both settled in as members of the Borland household. The pup eventually found a home elsewhere, but Pat became Hal Borland's true companion and a local legend, the terror of woodchucks for miles around.
With his keen sensitivity to the natural world, Borland here recounts, with deep affection and wonder, how a man and his dog can form a magical and unforgettable partnership.


Product Details

  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066B7JWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing work by Hal Borland August 14, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book, but it had a title similar to another book I just read, so I was curious. When I read the introduction, I realized that this was a book written almost half a century ago and reissued recently. I learned that Hal Borland had died in the 1970s, but had been a prolific writer about many things and especially outdoor life. His story about the dog who chose to stay with him and his wife began on Christmas night and continues over the ensuing years. His descriptions of the dog, Pat, his rural life as a writer, sportsman, and gardener are completely absorbing. They draw you into the world of the upper Connecticut valley by the Housatonic River. I soon began to wonder about his wife, Barbara, and found that her obituary had just been published in the NY Times on the day I looked for reference to her in Google. I felt a real sense of loss at that. This is how Hal Borland's wonderful descriptive writing lead me to feel as though I was back in time and there with them over 50 years ago. Most of all, Pat, his dog, comes alive as a unique yet thoroughly doglike personality who charms and delights the reader. Pat is just one more example of why humans love dogs so much.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the book that came to stay September 22, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have a bit of a sentimental attachment to this book as it was one of my first "adult" books, given to me by my grandmother when I was 9. I have read this memoir of a man and his 'found' dog at least a dozen times through and have, actually, visited the house and grounds. Hal Borland, little known now, was a much read naturalist and writer for the New York Times. I don't like his novels so well, except for "When the Legends Die" one of his later books, but his non-fiction is excellent -- factual, loving, but not much anthropomorphism. The dog has his own dignity and the author does his best to convey this. If you are looking for a truthful and loving recounting of the relationship between an older man and a dog, as opposed to the usual sentimental 'boy and his dog' bit, this is a book worth finding.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top dog September 5, 2013
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Heartwarming story of an independent dog who chose wisely the couple with whom he would spend the rest of his life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. July 10, 2013
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A book that all dog lovers should read. I found this by accident along with another book of the almost same title. If you love dogs then this is tale to be savored. Amazing sometimes how people can just pour out their hearts to an animal and love them like family. And a dog will always reward you back with that "unconditional love" and even spread it around to others. I do not think that it is an accident that Dog is God spelled backwards!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The dog who came to stay, heartwarming December 20, 2012
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It was interesting to read a book about a pet from the male perspective--very enlightening, educational, and interesting. I liked this book in general but loved the escapades that Pat had, how they ended up, and their effect on everyone. I enjoyed learning about the other animals and their habits. I loved that Hal knew exactly what his dog wanted, his routines and likes and dislikes. I love how he realized his moods, thoughts, reasons why he did what he did and his total understanding of this dog. Having a dog, I totally understand how they "talk" to us! I could envision the fields, ponds, countryside and area that they wandered and spent their time--it was quite relaxing to read. I expected the ending to be very sad and was quite pleased that it was not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for all animal lovers January 6, 2013
By Ross
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Still reading this story and truly love it. Look forward to reaching for it each night (and day when I can). If you are an animal lover and have had any pets before you should be moved by this story as it gives you a view from all sides, both human and animal. Still love reading it and will be dissapointed when I reach the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mjm September 7, 2012
By Mike
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well written this book is so real that I can my self relate to it with my love for dogs and how aware they are of people . and also the relation of the husband and wife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the most vintage heart warming books about the human dog bond. It describes how Dogs can enter your life, expand it and complete it all in one lovely book. And it is not a sad book. The characters in this book really take good care of their Dogs, especially given the age this book was written in! In our age, Dogs can no longer run free. Just like our kids, they need to be protected. But still, I Loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is never outdated
If you love animals, especially dogs, this story is a classic. It was written years ago, and it was interesting to read about times with no cell phones, computers, etc. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Suzelovesbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As I Expected
I was in the mood for a 'feel good" story after some heavy reading, and this book fit the bill without being sickeningly sweet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joelle Bertolet
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Dog story
The general story was good. I wished it would have been about half as long. I wanted to read the entire book- and I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Kay Field
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog lover's book
Our dog is more a member of the family than the one in the book. The owner of the dog is somewhat detached, a man of another time, when dogs were seldom welcomed into the home. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bennie in PA
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming book for young and old
I received this book as a gift when I was a teenager and it is one of my favourites to this day; after being married for 25 years and having a teenage son who loved it too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dog Who Came to Stay will Stay in your heart.
This story was a heart warming tale that will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever let a dog into their home and heart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bobbie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dog Who Came to Stay : A Memoir
I enjoyed the book but felt it was a little to long.........I was ready for the book to end. I would have liked to hear from the owners more , especially the women to get her views... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M.N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Liked This
Hal Borland relayed a wonderful story about love and respect between a man and a dog. While growing up we had a dog similar to Pat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Want It To End!
I looked forward to spending a bit of my day with Pat and his domain of creatures and humans. How enjoyable it was to watch Hal and his wife fall for this four-legged visitor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Do read this!!
If you appreciate the dog world you will not put this one down easily. Do our animals talk to us? Only if we listen. This writer not only listened but responded well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by betty
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