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Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life Hardcover – September 16, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Dean Koontz's beloved golden retriever, Trixie (who died in 2007), follows her two books of wisdom (2004's Life Is Good! and 2005's Christmas Is Good!) with this volume about finding happiness by emulating dogs. Her advice includes living in the now, enjoying each moment to the fullest; putting aside worries about things one can't control; loving unconditionally and striving to make others happy; and accepting loss. Teryn McKewin reads Trixie's words in a voice brimming with good humor and pure delight in life—perfect for a golden retriever–and just a slight guttural quality in the back of her throat, probably meant to convey that this voice can growl and bark as well. Her playful and optimistic tone perfectly matches Trixie's personality and message, and makes this a great choice both for dog lovers and those who enjoy uplifting and reassuring books like the Chicken Soup series. A Hyperion hardcover. (Sept.)
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About the Author
Trixie Koontz, a good dog, was trained by Canine Companions for Independence to assist people with disabilities. Released from service because of elbow surgery, she went to live with Dean and Gerda Koontz. The successful author of three books, Trixie would be proud to know that her royalties are donated to CCI to pay medical bills for other assistance dogs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I believe that our pets do wait for us. And I feel sorry for the cynics that choose not to believe this. That said, I have never anticipated a book more than BLISS TO YOU. Frankly...it was worth the wait.
BLISS TO YOU is funny, sweet, informative and PROFOUND. It is the perfect gift to give every dog lover in your life. Also perfect for everyone whom you care about in your life who maybe is feeling depressed or doesn't seem to know what their purpose is in life.
I gave this book to my next-door neighbor who has experienced two very tragic losses recently with the sudden death of her son-in-law last year and 19-yr. old grandson a few months ago. She told me that the book "magically" opened to Step 7 about Loss. After reading it, she was so moved that she immediately called her daughter (the mother of her grandson) and READ this chapter to her. They were both comforted so much.
The novels by Dean Koontz reveal him to be an amazing author; Bliss to You proves that he is an amazing human being as well.
And remember! ALL of the proceeds from BLISS TO YOU go to support Trixie's favorite charity: Canine Companions for Independence! (CCI) This is SUCH a worthwhile organization and it helps so many individuals and soldiers who are incapacitated or in wheelchairs or deaf.
The book itself is beautiful and absolutely great for displaying on your coffee table. But what is INSIDE this book is even MORE beautiful: Lessons about life from our favorite TOTOS. (Trixie On The Other Side.)
This book makes me smile and laugh out loud on a regular basis. I am grateful for those whom love animals enough to recognize the cleverness and simplicity of Trixie's message. To my way of thinking if everyone followed Trixie's lead there would be no need to share negative opinions, as some things are better left unspoken. Unwritten. Be nice or take your dang bone and head back to the house.
I recommend this book very much. And if you own (or know) a Golden Retriever this is a book whose central character will be very familiar. Well, now that I think of it dogs, in general, possess an extraordinary ability to enjoy life as humans would if they weren't so much more intelligent, and knew so many "vital facts" that keep them from just digging it.