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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (October 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400052424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052424
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School - A light and insightful look at the world from a dog's point of view. The canine talks about his relationships with everyone in the family, plus neighbors, newspaper and mail deliverers, other animals, and household appliances such as the vacuum. The vet is the "Man Who Stings Your Hip," while there are several aliases for that best friend, including "He Who Sleeps on the Couch," "He Who Scratches Unscratchable Places," and "He Who Leaves the Seat Up So You Can Drink." Simple thumbnail drawings are peppered throughout the book. This romp will be a hit with teens who have a dog or wish they did. It breeds chuckles and understanding. - Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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A hilarious, captivating commentary that gives us--finally--a true dog's-eye view of the world.

• The Sofa: "The sofa is Position One. The sofa makes you feel as if you are with your people even when your people are gone."

• The Toilet: "The advantage of drinking from the toilet is that the water is always fresh."

• The Baby: "Often known as She Who Randomly Flings Food from the Table, the baby has the most flavorful, ever-changing face of all your people."

"After reading You Are a Dog, you will start thinking like a dog."
--Bash Dibra, celebrity pet trainer and author of DogSpeak

"You Are a Dog should be the talk of every dog run in the U.S. With humor, and more bite than one might expect, Terry Bain helps us to see the world through the eyes of our dogs, and to look at their lives in fresh and insightful ways."
--Jon Katz, author of A Dog Year, The New Work of Dogs, and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm

"Terry Bain has cracked the canine code to demystify those charming, endearing, and occasionally bizarre habits our beloved dogs exhibit. You Are a Dog is equal parts witty and warm, sweet and sympathetic--read this and be destined to meet your dog at a richer, deeper level."
--Dr. Marty Becker, veterinary contributor for Good Morning America, author of The Healing Power of Pets

More About the Author

Terry Bain (1967- ) was born in Puyallup, Washington and hopes you will not try to pronounce that even in your own head. He is a husband, father, minivan driver, and author of You Are a Dog: Life Through the Eyes of Man's Best Friend, and We Are the Cat: Life Through the Eyes of the Royal Feline. His first published story won an O. Henry award in 1994, and he's been resting on that single laurel ever since. He believes that everything on the internet is nonsense, and hopes that you will take anything you read about him on the internet in that spirit, and will make no bones about denying everything, including the thing about the cheerleader. It was a long time ago. He doesn't even know what you're talking about.

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This book makes you think and makes you laugh.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone that has a dog and ever has wondered what she was thinking.
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This is a very quick, easy read and really is quite funny.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Pia Z. Ehrhardt on November 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am afraid of dogs and this fear is something intrinsic in me that I wish I could change. If I'd read Terry Bain's book "You Are A Dog" sooner - or better yet, if I'd had the book read to me when I was young after being traumatized by that great Dane who knocked me on my butt - I might be able to offer my face to a dog to lick. I know, now, what licking means to a dog. How else can they know you? From a distance? There is no distance with a dog. That's cats.

"They (your people) taste better than you do. Why do they taste so good? And furthermore, since they taste so good, why do they not lick themselves. It must not nag them as it nags at you. It seems to make no sense that they would not lick themselves, so when given the opportunity, when their skin is bare and you are nearby, you lick them. Some of them will tolerate this, but some of them will not. She Who Will Not Tolerate Licking will push you away and yell "Gross. Knock it off you stupid mutt." Whatever that means. You suspect she doesn't want you to lick her anymore,which still doesn't make any sense, so when given the opportunity, when her skin is bare and you are near, you will lick her. You are not deterred for long, since she often leaves the tastiest parts of her skin exposed, and you do not have the willpower to stay away. You want her to know how important it is to lick the places on her body that remain unlicked, and you will lick until she pushes you away again. "Are you stupid or something? Knock it off!" It is a kind of love-tap that she gives you. A gentle nudge. You know that this is her secret joy, so in a moment, you will begin again. Her guard is about to come down. She has almost forgotten that you are nearby. There it is. You see it. A sleeveless arm."

My fear has always seemed unfixable.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura Drewry on November 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book had me laughing out loud and looking at my own dogs - funny enough in their own right - in a whole new light. Mr. Bain has taken the dog psyche to a whole new level and if you thought you knew what your dog was thinking, well think again. This book will make you laugh, get the warm tinglies, and will have you refilling that water bowl with FRESH water (thank you very much) on a regular basis.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By proreader on November 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever known and loved a dog, you'll find a kindred spirit in this book, which captures the true essence of dogginess in a way that is both lighthearted yet oddly philosophical, and yes, beautiful. Those of us who do love dogs know the truth of their souls, and this book captures that, along with the true humor that is also dog. A book for you, and for every dog lover you know. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Scott Ellis on September 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book so much that I bought a half dozen copies to give to my dog-loving friends. The way that Terry Bain twists the everyday world from a dog's point of view is both brilliant and hillarious. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has a dog and ever has wondered what she was thinking.

Signed,

The One Who Sneaks Me Food From The Table.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deborah McCandless on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It will have you laughing and crying - and not just quiet little giggles, but all out `from the tips of your toes" laughter!

We attended a reading at our local bookstore. We were alternately rolling with laughter and crying at the tender moments. Anyone who's a dog lover will likely identify with many of ideas and stories put forth in this wonderful and touching book by Terry Bain.

We bought a few copies - one for us and some to give away to family and friends.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Byrnes on October 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that you begin to read and are immediately compelled to find someone to read an excerpt to so you can giggle together. If you read it on a bus, you might find yourself reading outloud to complete strangers.

If you are looking for a great gift for a dog loving friend - this is the answer! As a dog trainer and behavior consultant who looks at life through the eyes of dogs every day, I believe Terry has captured the essence of what it must be like to 'be' a dog.

-Carol A. Byrnes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ashworth on March 12, 2005
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"You Are a Dog" is an imaginative work from a gifted writer. It is a thoughtful and funny look at everyday life through the eyes of the faimily pet.

This book is written with love: sentimental without being sloppy, innocent without being naive. This is a must read for all dog lovers. For those who"ve never had a dog in your life, it's time you found out what you've been missing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Barnes on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you have a dog you will recognize your friend in the humorous pages of this book. If you a know a dog, you will learn to know him better. But, if you want a dog--you will better understand the relationship you are adding to your life by acquiring such a creature.

The book is a warm, insightful and sweet monologue written from the dog's point of view.

A must read for all dog lovers.
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