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You Tell Your Dog First Paperback – November 6, 2012
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"Alison Pace's You Tell Your Dog First is a collection of heartwarming, soul-filling, funny and eerily relatable pooch inspired essays. This book is a great gift for dog lovers and those that want to understand them better. I loved this book."
-Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof
"A remarkably sweet and affecting tale of inner growth."
(Kirkus Reviews on PUG HILL )
"Smart and witty."
(Library Journal on PUG HILL )
"Endearing...craftily portraying the balancing act between work and play, family (be it four-legged or two) and
friends, and food and fasting."
(Publishers Weekly on THROUGH THICK AND THIN )
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Well, actually . . . that's sort of underselling it. Pace, author of novels like PUG HILL and A PUG'S TALE, is a serious dog person. In YOU TELL YOUR DOG FIRST, a serious of canine-related essays, Pace recounts her fur-filled childhood, creation of a life in New York City, writing career and -- eventually, quite happily -- the adoption her own West Highland White Terrier, Carlie. It's heartwarming non-fiction with chew toys, cute guys and dogs roaming free in Central Park.
I'll be the first to admit I'm also in the dog camp. I grew up with dogs, love dogs, get excited at the prospect of visiting a friend with a dog. When others coo over adorable babies, I'm reaching for the squirmy mutt at their feet. If my boyfriend had a dollar for every time I squealed, "Oh my God, look at that dog," he could retire quite happily, get a bunch of cats and leave my dog-hair-covered self in the dust.
So for someone like me? Someone who, as Pace's title suggests, tells her dog the big news first? I was all about Pace's funny, cute look at life with canines. I loved her descriptions of growing up with a literal pack at the homestead and could relate to her feelings of being a dog person without a dog. Living in New York City, Pace's options regarding pet-friendly rental buildings are complicated. And when Carlie, a former show dog, comes into her life? Well, Pace will move mountains to find a good living situation for them both.
If you're not nutso for pets, I can see readers rolling their eyes at some of the antics -- but the charming thing about Pace is that she never takes herself too seriously.Read more ›
Told in an anecdotal style that leads the reader through the various tales of her life, You Tell Your Dog First is a funny, poignant, and inspirational read that hooked me immediately.
The first dog in the author's adult life is like a touchstone, telling her a lot about potential friends, dates, and even activities. As a writer, she had a lot more flexibility to her days until that time when she decided to work in an office three days a week. Then we watch as she diligently searches for just the right daytime companionship for her Westie named Carlie.
I have enjoyed several of the dog stories from this author, like Pug Hill and A Pug's Tale. I'll be watching for the next novel from this extremely engaging author. Five stars
There are so many things to love about You Tell Your Dog First, most especially from the perspective of a dog person. Whether you own a dog or fawn over the ones your friends and family have, there comes a time when your love of the animal borders a bit on eccentricity (or so people tell you) and reading Alison's essays evokes the feeling of camaraderie that alights between dog people: the sense that we understand each other, that we "get it". In that way, You Tell Your Dog First is like sitting down with another ardent dog lover to talk about our shared passions; our dogs. Alison's charming and witty narrative conjures a cozy environment that allows the reader to spend some time in a happy place, hearing her stories about Carlie and the adventures (or misadventures) they find together in the city and the country.Read more ›
I visit NYC a few times a year and always see city dogs ( all breeds and sizes) and have wondered how they live. Pretty much like my suburban pups, it seems, except Central Park is a much cooler playground. I loved reading about the Pace family's history of dogs - we often talk about all of the dogs we've had and their antics - and I think it would be fun knowing her parents. Dog lovers will love this book, but really anyone who has empathy with animals will enjoy reading about Carlie and Alison. I can't wait to read Alison's next book!
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You guys. If you follow me on social media, it has to be obvious that I was going to want to read this book. Read more
Alison is a great writer/storyteller. "You Tell Your Dog First" is a light read but so insightful. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kerry Coke
Love this book! It's so sweet and well written. Perfect gift for dog lovers. I'am not loaning out my copy but I will tell friends about it. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Chelsea Rose
And if you're a dog lover, you'll love this book of essays--worth the read for "divorce dogs" alone. I'm not a dog person myself or I would've given 5 stars. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Chris Edwards
You Tell Your Dog First is great. lots of fun. by the author of pug hill--i remember that was a sweet book too. this is more for little-dog lovers. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Clara B
I thoroughly enjoyed Alison Pace's writing voice and will certainly check out her novels. The essays here were charming and engaging. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Pauline Wiles
Is it a memoir? Is it a dog biography? Not sure, but what I do know is that this book was lots of fun to read and I totally loved passing the time with Pace. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Autumn Blues Reviews
I am a dog lover. Or course, though my love usually is for the bigger dogs like the Labrador, wolf hybrid, the mutt, and the pit bull. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Cheryl Koch